Young Filmmakers Attention Please!


The BFI Film Academy will be running again this year. We are looking for committed, talented, young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part of the BFI Film Academy 2018/19 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 master classes and workshops with industry professionals, hear their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry, get practice in developing your ideas and producing your own work. By the end of the course you will have produced a short film along side completing a Level 2 NCFE Award in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.

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.

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

Course will run each Saturday from 10am-16.30 commencing – Saturday 22rd September 2018 until Saturday 16th February 2019, with a showcase on Saturday 23rd February 2019

(Closed 27th October TBC and 22nd and 29 December)

 Shoot dates –

12th and 13th January

19th and 20th January

26th and 27th January

You will only be required to be on set for one full weekend in January. Dates will be decided depending on film group.

You will need to make sure that you can attend all these dates before signing up and be able to make your own transport arrangements to and from the centre.  

Additional days may occur after school hours, during term breaks to meet the deadlines of the course, however this will always be discussed beforehand.

Location – Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre / Community Wing at Belfast Model School for Girls / 35 Dunowen Gardens / Belfast / BT14 6NQ.  Other city centre location to be confirmed.  

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 and fill in attached application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, save as your name and email to Jennifer McAlorum by 5pm Monday 1oth September 2018

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 11th September – Tuesday 18th September after school hours (other arrangements can be made upon request)

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)

BFI Application Form Network 2018-19

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