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Screen skills courses for young people aged 16 to 19.


These courses help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers and production crew, supporting 16 to 19-year-olds to develop new skills and gain commercial and cultural knowledge to help build a career in the screen industries.



After developing their knowledge and practical skills course participants team up to produce short films which will then be premiered at an exclusive gala screening with a public Q&A here at the amazing Institute of Technology.

During their time on the course, participants will also work towards completing the specially created NCFE Level 2 Award In Preparing To Work In The Film Industry qualification .

This BFI Film Academy Short Course is looking to recruit twenty committed and creative applicants this Autumn to take part in their upcoming 2023-24 Short Course programme.

The programme offers an inclusive and supportive experience through a process of practical and theory based filmmaking masterclasses, delivered by esteemed and respected screen industry professionals who are working in Film & TV.

Participants will receive first-hand accounts of not only what their jobs involve, but the journeys they took to get there and how participants can forge their own path into the Film and TV industry.


Once participants have completed the course, they will become part of the ever-growing alumni network of both, BFI and Milton Keynes Film Academy - who will be presented with unlimited and exclusive access to events such as:

  • Career talks and mentoring, training masterclasses and bootcamps with Film Hub South East, BAFTA, BFI NETWORK and ScreenSkills

  • Residential programmes with BFI Film Academy Specialist Courses based all around the UK


FAMK’s BFI Film Academy Short Course programme takes place out of education hours and this year, will be held over the October 2023 half-term with online sessions either side.

Official dates and times of scheduled activity are below and applicants must be able to attend all scheduled sessions, both online and face to face.  


Face to face sessions will take place at the South Central Institute of Technology, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6DR


Online Sessions


07/11/2023:  17-18.30

08/11/2023: 17-18.30

09/11/2023: 17-18.30

Face to Face Sessions

11/11/2023: 9.00-16.00

18/11/2023: 9.00-16.00

25/11/2023: 9.00-16.00

02/12/2023: 9.00-16.00

09/12/2023: 9.00-16.00

Online Sessions





It costs £25 to be a participant on the course - but please don't be put off if you think you might not be able to pay this cost. 

We offer an array of bursaries to participants who wouldn't be able to attend the upcoming Short Course programme otherwise. If you have the passion and talent, we'll make sure you can attend. 

Information regarding offered bursaries will be sent to successful shortlisted applicants once accepted onto the programme. 



For interested young people - they must comply with the BFI's set criteria:

  • Be aged 16 to 19-years-old on the first day of the course

  • Be a UK resident

  • Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry

  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course

  • Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts

  • Not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course (Short or Specialist)


Applications for FAMK's BFI Film Academy Course 2023-24 are NOW OPEN and will close on the 4th of November 2023.

In the application form, there will be a chance for applicants to share their creative talents by providing links to examples of work made already to support their statements further.


For more information email:


BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

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