Bournemouth-based film company, WHITE LANTERN FILM, has been selected by the British Film Institute to be part of its pioneering Film Academy, giving young people who are passionate about film the opportunity to develop the skills and ambition to forge a career making movies.

The BFI Film Academy course, GET INSIDE MOVIES, will be led by industry experts and will cover every area of the film industry, enabling young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The course starts on November 16th, and young people aged 16 – 19 years old can apply online now at During the course, participants will work alongside industry experts producing WHITE LANTERN FILM’s latest feature film K-SHOP, gaining a unique and practical insight into the world of movie production.

Now in its second year, the BFI Film Academy is building on previous success to extend its reach across the UK into Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, offering a total of 900 places across all courses – up from just under 500 in 2012. The BFI Film Academy scheme also expands this year to incorporate new residential courses in Animation, Documentary, Screenwriting and VFX.

BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill comments:
“The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent, and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.”

The Academy aims to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, offering bursaries to help those in need with costs, including travel and childcare, ensuring it is accessible to as diverse a range of young people as possible.

The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year strategy to support the future success of UK film. Its funding partners include the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m for the programme; with the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen this year working with the BFI to take the Academy to every nation of the UK. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and also provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture. After completing their BFI Film Academy courses, young people progress to a range of opportunities, including apprenticeships and employment in the film sector and further learning through Higher Education.

Anyone interested in a career in the film industry should apply to GET INSIDE MOVIES and join the BFI FILM ACADEMY course at