BFI Film Academy delivered by Cinemagic

Cinemagic is delighted to announce the delivery of another BFI Film Academy Network Programme in 2019/20 and we welcome interested 16 – 19 year olds to apply!

Over the last 6 years, 20 talented filmmakers per year from Northern Ireland were selected and awarded places on the BFI Film Academy Network programme delivered by Cinemagic. The programme equips young filmmakers, passionate about film, with the knowledge, skills, insight, confidence and practical training to help lay strong foundations for their pursuit of a career in the film industry. 

In addition to the industry and skills training and access to top professionals, the participants worked in groups to make short films which they showcased in Belfast and some films were also screened at Cinemagic Los Angeles and other festivals. A number of past participants in the programme have been involved in a series of exciting projects since their involvement and some of our outstanding students were awarded places at the prestigious NFTS & Scottish Residential courses over the last 6 years.

Cinemagic were delighted when past young filmmakers from this programme Siona Davis, Rachel Carvill and Lori Brown were selected to participate in the prestigious Future Film Skills programme at Pinewood Studios. Past participants from this Academy have also gone on to secure positions on Game of Thrones and with companies like BBC and Disney.

Since its launch in 2013, a number of invited guests from the film industry have met with the participants to talk about their aspiring careers. Industry professionals who shared their skills and experiences with the young people included producers Mark Huffam (Saving Private Ryan, World War Z), Iain Smith (The A Team, Children of Men), Gareth Ellis-Unwin (Oscar Winner for The King’s Speech, Steel Country) and Jessica Malik (Zaytoun), Production Managers Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C. L.E, Skyfall) and Leon McGeown-Fee (The Lodge, Sesame Tree), actors Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey), Shaun Evans (Endeavour) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Cinematographer Seamus Mc Garvey (Atonement, Godzilla, Avengers Assemble), screenwriter Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels, Disney’s TinkerBell and The Secret of the Wings), directors Aisling Walsh (Maudie, Song for a Raggy Boy), William Mc Gregor (Poldark, One of Us, Misfits), Tony Mitchell (The Bible, Grace and Goliath), Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham, Patch of Fog, Derry Girls), Andrew Tohill & Ryan Tohill (The Dig), David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders, Love/Hate), Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations) First Assistant Director Darren Fee (The Lodge, Secret Life of Boys), casting director Georgia Simpson, industry professional Alison Crinion, Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Oscar-Winning Make-up artist Christine Blundell (Sherlock Holmes, Legend and Paddington), and Video Assist/Playback Operator Lisa Trinder (Game of Thrones) to name but a few.


The BFI Film Academy Network Programme delivered by Cinemagic will offer another impressive range of masterclasses, Cinemagic Juries, on-set film training and access to top industry professionals throughout the course. Participants will also work towards gaining and NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry accreditation.

Please note that applicants must be available on ALL academy dates:


Friday 20th September 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 27th September 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 4th October 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 11th October 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 20th October 10am – 4pm

Saturday 26th October 10am – 7pm

Sunday 27th October 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 30th and  Thursday 31st October 6pm – 10pm

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 9am – 6pm

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 9am – 6pm

Saturday 18th January 10am – 4pm

Saturday 25th January 10am – 4pm 

Please note if applicants are attending University during the BFI Film Academy course they are not eligible to apply. The fee for the course is £25 however bursaries are available.


To apply online please follow this link:


The closing date for applications is Noon on Friday 23rd August and successful applicants will be invited for an interview on Thursday 29th August.

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