BFI Audience Academy Recruitment

Posted on 15 June 2015

The Audience Academy

Your first step into a career in film

We are looking for 30 of the most talented 16-19 year olds from across the UK, who love watching and talking about films.

Join us in Sheffield for an unforgettable week-long experience where you will learn from leading industry professionals about how, why and what films make it to the big screen. This intensive and inspirational residential will enable you to understand all aspects of film programming, marketing, exhibition and distribution, giving you the opportunity to put your learning into practice.

The course will be packed with activities from morning until night – its hard work but really good fun and you’ll leave full of inspiration for your future careers. You’ll stay at the University of Sheffield Halls of Residence (everyone gets their own room!) – there’s lots of outside space so you can sit in the sunshine on your breaks.

Some highlights of the course include:

•Find out how to design, programme and market a film festival

•Learn how to curate and programme for commercial and independent Cinemas

•Investigate how the way we watch films has changed over the last 100 years

•Working in groups – design your own film festival!

•Get a chance to present a taster event for your festival in a real cinema -for a real audience

•Work with mentors to develop your own personal plan for your next steps towards working in the Film Industry

•Join a trip to the UK exhibitor’s conference This Way Up in December as part of an Audience Academy delegation


The cost of the course is only £50, which includes all of your accommodation and food, but should you be unable to pay for this, bursaries are available. Bursaries are available to cover this fee as well as for travel costs and childcare.

The Audience Academy runs from Sunday 2 August until Saturday 8 August.

For full details of how to apply please visit

Deadline: Midday, Tuesday 30 June.

The Audience Academy forms part of the BFI Film Academy, a UK wide comprehensive training and education initiative. It ensures that gifted young people from anywhere in the UK have the opportunity to gain the essential skills needed to enter the film industry. An exemplary programme led by industry experts, BFI Film Academy courses cover every aspect of film and equips young people with the knowledge, practical skills and contacts to help them in their next steps in education or careers in the Industry.

If you have previously been on a BFI residential course, you are not eligible to apply for this, but previous participation in any non-residential BFI network academy is acceptable.

BFI Audience Academy Recruitment