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Documentary Academy

Applications for this year's Documentary Academy have now closed. 

Our BFI Fiction Film Academy for people aged 16-19 is now open for applications.


Documentary Academy is open to anyone aged 15-19 and is free. We're looking for young people from across the North East to take part.

The programme is completely free of charge and you don’t need any previous filmmaking experience, just the desire to say something about the world you live in.

Documentary Academy is sponsored by Intu.


What’s in it for me?

  • Plan, shoot, edit and screen your own short documentary films
  • Work with industry professionals to develop your filmmaking skills
  • Receive free training in the use of professional camera, sound and editing equipment
  • See your films screened at a special premiere event at Tyneside Cinema
  • Have your work entered into festivals and awards at home and abroad

Previous participants have used their experience from the programme to gain a place at university or as part of a portfolio to get work in the film industry.


How to apply

Applications for this year's Documentary Academy have now closed, but our BFI Fiction Film Academy for people aged 16-19 is now open for applications. Find out more. 


Can you tell me a bit more about how this course works?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some of the most common questions about Documentary Academy. 

If you still have questions please call us on 0191 227 5508 or email filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk.


Can I see some previous films made at Documentary Academy?

Sure you can! Check out some of the previous films we've made at the links below:


Still Life

Using the iconic photographs of Tish Murtha as a starting point, this film uncovers some of the people behind the pictures and the world in which they were taken. 

Winner of Best Documentary at the national Into Film Awards 2018.


Plain Sight

Through a combination of intimate interviews and atmospheric night-time photography, this challenging and powerful film explores the life-changing impact of abuse on women.


Darker Waters

An exploration of North East surfing culture through the experiences of two devotees who think nothing of waiting in the cold for a month to catch the perfect wave.


My 13th Birthday

A moving portrait of an amazing young woman who despite the challenges she has faced in life has always inspired those around her to strive for more.