Young film-maker academy returns to Lincoln

After previous success with the first BFI Film Academy for East Midlands youngsters, the University of Lincoln will run the course for another two years.

The academy, hosted by University of Lincoln’s School of Media and CfBT Education Services, lets aspiring young film-makers learn from industry experts in order to develop skills and ambition required for a career regardless of background.

Participants learn professional techniques, equipment and technologies, and develop an increased understanding of the history, theory and criticism of British and World Cinema.

They also get to create their own short film and have the chance to apply for an intensive course with the National Film and Television School.

The University was one of just a few organisation approved to run the nine-week course, and it has now been offered a further two years by The British Film Institute’s Academy Network.

Applications are now being accepted for the next East Midlands BFI Film Academy, starting November 2.

To apply, applicants must be aged between 16-19, and must send their application back before September 30.

Sarah Barrow, Head of the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our second BFI Film Academy.

“It is fantastic to be able to offer young people valuable experience of such an exciting industry, and being awarded academy status for the next two years represents the Lincoln School of Media’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence for film education and training.

“We are also pleased to be able to involve some of our existing students in the programme, so that they can pass on the benefit of their own experiences – it will be an extremely valuable experience for everyone involved.”

Robert Pitman of CfBT Education Services said: “The second and third BFI Film Academies hosted by ourselves and the Lincoln School of Media will offer fantastic opportunities for young people across the region to develop their skills and connect with one of the most vibrant and dynamic sectors within the creative industry.”

For more information or an application form for the BFI Film Academy in Lincoln, email

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