We are delighted to announce that we will begin our tenth BFI Film Academy on Saturday the 19th November 2022 and applications are open now.

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16 – 19, to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality.

The Signals BFI Film Academy is a series of workshops and masterclasses including: writing for screen, acting and directing, lighting/camera, sound and post production, plus an industry visit. The full Academy course costs just £25 however bursary places and help with transport/childcare costs are available so please don’t let this discourage you.

This course is perfect for anyone who is serious about a career in the film industry. Participants have a number of opportunities to further their learning through being a member of the BFI alumni, such at NFTS courses and being mentored by BAFTA nominated directors.


We do hope that we are able to welcome you to our studio in Colchester for a face to face course however we will follow government guidance and if the course needs to be taken online we can to help you out with digital access (internet, laptop etc). So please do not let any restrictions stop you from applying,  just let us know if you might need some assistance by mentioning this in your application form. We will continue to assess the best and safest way of providing this course.

Where and When?

The course is made up of 11 sessions in total and each session runs from 10am to 3.30pm on the following dates:

  1. Saturday 19th November
  2. Saturday 26th November
  3. Saturday 3rd December
  4. Saturday 10th December
  5. Saturday 17th December
  6. Saturday 7th January
  7. Saturday 14th January
  8. Saturday 21st January
  9. Sunday 22nd January (Please note this is a Sunday)
  10. Saturday 28th January
  11. Saturday 4th February 

Who can apply?

In order to apply for the BFI Film Academy you must:

• Be aged 16–19 years old on the first day of the course.

• Be a UK resident.

• Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry.

• Be able to commit to the duration of the course.

• Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts.

The course is open to all who meet the criteria above regardless of disability, ethnicity or economic background, all you need is a passion for film!

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking this link: BFI Film Academy Application Form 2022

If you have any issues with the application process please do not hesiate to email info@signals.org.uk
Please make sure you complete all the sections required and check through your work before submitting.

Applications close at 10am on Friday 11th of November 2022

Need help with your application?

If you’re thinking about applying for the BFI Film Academy but have some questions or want help with you application, then why not book onto our application surgery. You can meet us either online or in the studio on Wednesday 19th October, so pick which ever option is best for you.

BFI Film Academy 2022