BFI Film Academy 2017/2018

Young Filmmakers Attention Please!

We are looking for committed, talented, young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part of the BFI Film Academy 2017/18 Network Programme delivered by Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre.

As a BFI Film Academy participant you will work with filmmakers and take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals, hear their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry, get practice in developing and pitching your ideas and produce your own work.  You’ll discuss films from around the world and learn more about distribution, film-festivals and programming. By the end of the course you will have produced a short film.

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 an NCFE Award qualification on the course.

For more information about past courses and to see some of the films made please visit

Course dates:   

Registration day – Thursday 7th September 4:00 – 5:30pm

Course Commences – Saturday 9th September 2018

Saturdays – 9th September 2017 – 24th February, 3rd March Showcase (closed 16th and 23rd and 30th December)

Location Shoots – End of January beginning of February Dates TBC

Depending on film group you will be required to be on set for one full weekend film groups will be agreed upon commencement of the course.

You will need to make sure that you can attend all these dates before signing up.

Additional days may occur after school hours, during term breaks or Sundays to meet the deadlines of the course.  You will need to make your own transport arrangements to and from the centre.  


Location: Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre / Ulidia Resource Centre / Somerset Street / Ormeau Road / Belfast BT7 2GS

Accreditation: You will work towards gaining a NCFE certificate, a recognised qualification amongst employers, universities and colleges. To achieve this during the Film Academy, you’ll be required to plan your work and create and maintain your own portfolio and this may require some work outside of course hours.

Costs: The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Nerve Belfast is £25, refundable in full upon successful completion of the course.

Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.

Eligibility: You need to be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the Academy programme. You must be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration and not be attending university.


Download application form below and drop it in at Nerve Belfast or send it back to us by post FAO Jennifer McAlorum at the above address by 5pm Friday 11th August 2017.

We are looking for enthusiasm, determination, a genuine interest in film and a willingness to learn.

If you love watching films and making films, this is an opportunity you would be crazy to miss!

Successful applicants must be available for interview between Tuesday 29th August -Friday 1st September.

Due to the timeframe for recruitment all contact will be made through email.  Please ensure that emails from ‘’ are marked as safe.

Please contact Jennifer McAlorum for further information: or telephone 02890644333 (ext 217)


Application form network 2017-18

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