Let’s make great things


The BFI Film Academy offers students the chance to start their film industry careers. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Get hands-on filmmaking experience to develop practical knowledge and skills
  • Explore individual creativity in a supportive and dynamic environment
  • Gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals
  • Work as a team to develop, write and produce a short film
  • Complete the NFCE 'Preparing to Work in the Film Industry' qualification

  • 7+

    Year Experience

    White Lantern Film has been delivering the Bournemouth BFI Film Academy for seven years. Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy HERE

    The BFI Film Academy will be delivered under Covid secure conditions following the latest guidance at all times. Social distancing rules will be followed with the majority of sessions delivered online using Zoom. The BFI have developed Covid secure filming guidance which will be followed during the production process. If you have any questions regarding health and welbeing please let us know.


    Course Fee

    The BFI fund the course and provide a small production budget. There is a small £25 joining fee for each successful applicant and travel bursaries for students living outside the Bournemouth area.

    Life after the Academy

    If you want to take your career further you could apply for one of the BFI Film Academy Specialist residential programmes, gain ongoing support through the Alumni network which includes ongoing events, festivals, mentors and career advice.

    BFI Film Academy


    Students could also apply to one of the BFI Film Academy's seven 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. For more information visit the BFI Residential Course page.

    BFI Film Academy


    Once you have completed the course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks. You will also have access to the White Lantern Film team who are here to give you advice and support as you progress your film career. You will also join the Bournemouth alumni Facebook group which is updated weekly with opportunities like jobs, short film grant information and other local and national opportunities.

    BFI Film Academy


    BFI Film Academy SCENE events providing alumni students an opportunity to ask filmmakers questions during live online Zoom conferences. For more information visit the BFI Scene event page.

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    Academy Labs

    BFI Film Academy Labs events are for 16-25 year olds and take place monthly on Saturdays through Zoom. The events are FREE, but registration with a valid email address is required through Eventbrite. For more information visit the BFI Labs .