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BFI Fiction Film Academy

Applications for BFI Fiction Film Academy are now open. To apply, please download an application form below.

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 adapt 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 but a number of bursaries are available to help cover course fees, travel costs and child care if required.


How to Apply

Download an application form for BFI Fiction Academy

CLICK HERE to download an application form for BFI Fiction Film Academy. Please send your completed application form to filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk with 'BFI Fiction Academy' in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Monday 2 October 2017.

Our 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 - alternatively please fill out the form below with your question or query included in the Comments box. 


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.


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Tilly Walnes

Good technical support, friendly and reliable staff, delicious food and the central location allowed our delegates explore Newcastle. The beautiful features of the building were an added bonus!

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