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BFI Fiction Academy

Aged 16-19 in the North East? Our BFI Fiction Academy gives you the chance to learn how to direct, produce, shoot and edit your own short fictional movie and gain a unique insight into the UK film business from industry professionals.

What Will You Get Out Of It?

  • Watch some of the best short films from around the world.
  • Meet working industry professionals and like-minded young people with a passion for film.
  • Learn about how to write a script, direct actors, shoot a scene, design a soundscape, and edit your rushes.
  • Enjoy use of Tyneside Cinema's state-of-the-art filmmaking facilities
  • Share your film at a world premiere at Tyneside Cinema for family and friends.

The programme also helps you work towards a NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification, which develops your creativity and leadership skills and can count towards entry to college or University.

It costs just £25 to take part, and a number of bursaries are available to help cover course fees, travel costs and child care if required.


How to Apply

BFI Fiction Academy is for 16-19 year olds from anywhere in the North East of England who have ambitions to work in film and want to learn more about how the industry works. Whether you aspire to work in production, film journalism or distribution, we want to hear from you!

If you have any questions about the BFI Fiction Academy or would like more information, please call 0191 227 5508 or email filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk.

Applications for our 2017 programme are not yet open. Please check this page for updates or register your interest using the email address above or form below.


Check out some of the recent films made at BFI Fiction Academy:


BFI Fiction Academy 2016-17: The Beehive and The Bob from Northern Stars on Vimeo.


BFI Fiction Academy 2016: Vandals from Northern Stars on Vimeo. Warning: contains strong language.



Register your interest

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