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Training Course | BFI Documentary Academy for 16-19 year olds

Closing date:
4 December 2017
Closing time:
5:00 pm

The BFI Documentary Residential offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet OSCAR and BAFTA winning documentary film-makers, gain technical skills and produce a high quality documentary film.

Over the course of the British Film Institute’s Documentary Residential you will:

1. Create short documentaries in teams that will be screened in a London Cinema in front of friends and family.
2. Attend masterclasses with industry experts including double OSCAR winning Producer Simon Chinn and many more.
3. Attend craft skill workshops to learn the technical skills of camera, sound and editing from industry professionals.
4. Attend workshops in research and development and production management.
5. Attend a range of trips including the BFI’s Future Film Festival.
6.Watch a range of award-winning documentaries and meet the film-makers.
7.Gain practical experience in an idea development session.

There will be 40 young people aged 16-19 on the course. We accept applications from young people living anywhere in the UK.


You must be aged 16-19 on the start date of the course
You must have a passion for documentary film.
You must be able to attend all of the residential dates.
You must NOT be attending university at the start of the course.


Our residential includes a pre-residential weekend from Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st January 2018 and a production week from 11th-7th February 2018. You must be available to attend all of these dates to be eligible for the course


Debden House, Essex IG10 2NZ. All meals will be provided here, at no additional cost. You will be sharing rooms with other participants


We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The Course Fee ranges from £0 to £210 which includes your accommodation and food.

Due to generous support from the Department for Education in England, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. Depending on your financial circumstances we will subsidise some of the Course Fee or all of it.

Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying. If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the Course Fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help. If you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.


Please download the application form and schedule from www.vividecho.co.uk/bfifilmacademy 


4th December 2017 at 5pm

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