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BFI Film Academy Plymouth

Plymouth College of Art, in partnership with BFI, will host the prestigious BFI 16-19 Film Academy programme.


This exciting programme offers hands-on filmmaking courses, aimed at developing your knowledge and skills and encouraging your special interests.

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Then the BFI Film Academy — UK Network Programme is for you. Applications now open!

There will be over 40 different courses running between September 2017 and March 2018 across the UK so wherever you live — be it Birmingham or Belfast, Dundee or Durham — you will have the opportunity to gain the essential skills to enter the film industry.

Courses provide at least 40 hours of industry standard training through regular evenings and/or weekend classes. Each one offers a combination of workshops, practical skills lessons and lectures.

You will also get masterclasses by key industry figures, receive bespoke careers advice and work towards making a final film on a team. As a graduate of the BFI Film Academy, you will become part of the growing alumni network and have access to year round events such as BAFTA career surgeries.

BFI Film Academy Plymouth tutors/speakers

Project Manager/Tutor: Billy Abbott, Videographer and ED Film, Animation & Media Production lecturer
Tutor: Nick Hart-Williams (Former C4 Documentary Commissioning Editor/Director/Producer) 
Guest Speaker: Oliver Stapleton BSC (British Society of Cinematographers, Co-head MA Cinematography at National Film and Television School (NFTS))
Guest Speaker: Ivan Greyling (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)
Guest Speaker: Plymouth Film Festival, Will and Ben 

Arts Award or NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ accreditation for participants will be offered by course providers as part of the UK Network Programme courses.

Applications are open from Wednesday 12 July until Sunday 1 October 2017. APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED.

Course dates:
All day (6hrs per day) on the following dates:
– Sat 21 October 2017
– Mon 23 to Fri 27 October 2017

Tuesday evenings (3 hrs) on the following dates:
– Tue 31 October 2017
– Tue 7 November 2017
– Tue 14 November 2017
– Tue 21 November 2017
– Tue 28 November 2017
– Tue 5 December 2017
– Tue 12 December 2017

Course cost (includes ALL dates above): £25

If you are unable to pay the full course fee, don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact the course provider, as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs.

Please note that if you have previously been on a BFI Film Academy residential course or are enrolled in University during the 2017/18 academic year, you are not eligible to apply.

Have a question about the course? Contact Billy Abbott at