BFI Cornwall Film Academy Returns for 2016!

Cornwall Welcomes the return of the BFI Film Academy

Last year Cornwall Film Festival brought the BFI Film Academy training scheme to the duchy for the first time. Co-ordinated by director of photography Paul Caddis and supported by the British Film Institute itself, 20 Cornish college students came together to take part in a series of film workshops and eventually create a short film of their own. Their creation, Chalk, can be viewed in the player below, and you can read about its premiere here, and find an interview with its star, local actress, Megan Tremethick here.

Well this year, the BFI Cornwall Film Academy returns to the west country, and we are looking for more students to take up the helm on an ambitious project of their own and engage with film courses themselves that will be a cultivate their filmmaking and media abilities and ultimately become a career changer.

Once again, we have teamed up with BFI,  to deliver professional filmmaking workshops to young people in the region. The Academy training programme will be used to develop the skills of local talented young people from Cornwall who hope to pursue a career in filmmaking or the media.

Cornwall Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 (you must not be attending a University course if you are 19) to develop the knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. We will offer opportunities for training in the film industry, from writing and directing through to production, Sound Mixing and Recording, Cinematography, editing with opportunities to learning about film history, cinematic storytelling and the exhibition and distribution of film at a local level.

What’s the Academy?

As a student of the Film Academy you will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills, explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment and gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. What’s more, you will watch a range of cinema from British Independent to specialised films and work towards a  practical film-based, either individually or as part of a team. Once you have completed the Network course, you will become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks You will also have the opportunity  to complete a film industry standard NFCE Qualification  on the course

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The 2015 BFI Cornwall Film Academy team in Merlin’s Regal Redruth for the 14th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival

The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found here

You can take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube:

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our six intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Find out how you can use film to achieve a NCFE Qualification:


For an idea of what’s in store, here are two promos for last year’s BFI Film Academy course.

How do I sign up?

To sign up to the 2016 BFI Cornwall Film Academy, simply download the application form here and then send it back to us using the form below DEADLINE the 2nd OCTOBER and don’t forget to put what course you are on and who your tutor is !

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