Break into Film: BFI Film Academy Short Courses Delivered by Cinemagic Call for Participants.

Cinemagic is delighted to announce the delivery of The BFI Film Academy Short Courses programme in 2022/23 and16–19-year-olds are invited to apply by Monday 8th August 2022.

The BFI Film Academy Short Courses helps to train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film.

BFI Film Academy offers young people passionate about film a chance to learn together, working in production teams to create short films in an industry led environment. BFI Film Academy short courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland, and Northern Ireland Screen.

No academic education or degree is necessary and Cinemagic welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstances. Applicants must be available for all dates of the programme. The course is an accredited NCFE Level 2Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification. This qualification has been driven by the needs of industry and education partners.

 The BFI Film Academy Short Courses delivered by Cinemagic will offer another impressive range of masterclasses, on-set film training and access to top industry professionals throughout the course. The fee for the course is £25 however bursaries are available.

To apply please complete the following application HERE

You must:

  • Be aged 16 to 19-years-old on the first day of the course
  • Be a UK resident
  • Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course
  • Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
  • Not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course

The programme will run from August 2022 to January 2023.

Ends:// Press Information, Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press Officer,

Notes to editors


Saturday 20th August


Accidental Theatre

Saturday 27th August


Accidental Theatre

Saturday 3rd September


Accidental Theatre

Thursday 8th September



Saturday 17th September



Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October



Cinemagic Festival Labs

Saturday 15th October


Ulster Museum

Cinemagic Festival Labs

Saturday 16th October



Zoom calls will be put in place in the evenings of October and November to continue with accreditation.

7th & 8th January 2023 – Film Shoot Group 1

14th & 15th January 2023 – Film Shoot Group 2

 4th February 2023

Edit Day

11th February 2023

Edit Day


Since 2013, a number of invited guests from the film industry have met with the Cinemagic BFI Film Academy Short Courses 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 RyanWorld War Z), Iain Smith (The A TeamChildren of Men), Gareth Ellis-Unwin (Oscar Winner for The King’s SpeechSteel Country) and Jessica Malik (Zaytoun), Production Managers Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C. L.ESkyfall) and Leon McGeown-Fee (The LodgeSesame Tree), actors Suranne Jones (Doctor FosterScott & Bailey), Shaun Evans (Endeavour) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Cinematographer Seamus Mc Garvey (AtonementGodzillaAvengers Assemble), screenwriter Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels, Disney’s TinkerBell and The Secret of the Wings), directors Aisling Walsh (MaudieSong for a Raggy Boy), William Mc Gregor (PoldarkOne of UsMisfits), Tony Mitchell (The BibleGrace and Goliath), Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and GrahamPatch of FogDerry 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 LodgeSecret Life of Boys), casting director Georgia Simpson, industry professional Alison Crinion, Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Oscar-Winning Make-up artist Christine Blundell (Sherlock HolmesLegend and Paddington), and Video Assist/Playback Operator Lisa Trinder (Game of Thrones) to name but a few.

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