Cinemagic to deliver a BFI Film Academy Short Course in Belfast. Applications are now open for 2023-24


Cinemagic is delighted to announce the delivery of a BFI Film Academy Short Courses for 2023/24 in Belfast and 16–19-year-olds are invited to apply by 31st August 2023.

BFI Film Academy Short Courses help 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 develop a career in film.

BFI Film Academy Short Courses offer young people, who are 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. The course delivered by Cinemagic is an accredited NCFE Level 2 Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification. This qualification has been driven by the needs of industry and education partners.

Cinemagic CEO, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “We are excited to announce another BFI Film Academy Short Courses delivered by Cinemagic in Belfast and we look forward to working with a new group of emerging filmmakers to nurture their talents and interests. Cinemagic will offer an impressive range of masterclasses, on-set film training and access to top industry professionals throughout the course.”

Since 2013, a number of invited guests from the film industry have met with the participants of the BFI Film Academy Short Courses delivered by Cinemagic 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 (The King’s Speech) 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, Avengers Assemble), screenwriter Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels, Tinkerbell and The Secret of the Wings), directors Aisling Walsh (Maudie, Song for a Raggy Boy), William Mc Gregor (One of Us, Misfits), Tony Mitchell (The Bible), Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham, Derry Girls), Andrew Tohill & Ryan Tohill (The Dig), David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders, Love/Hate), Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations), First AD Darren Fee (The Lodge, Secret Life of Boys), casting director Georgia Simpson, and Make-up artist Christine Blundell (Sherlock Holmes, Legend and Paddington).

No experience is required and young people of all abilities and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

In order to apply 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 screen 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

-Short courses cost £25, but if you are unable to pay the fee don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact the course provider, as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs.

After completing a BFI Film Academy course, you’ll be a part of our expansive alumni network and will have access to apply to exclusive opportunities such as traineeships, mentoring programmes, masterclasses and more.

TO APPLY CLICK HERE Deadline 31st August 2023. The course will run from September 2023 to February 2024 mostly at weekends. Interviews slots will take place on Monday 4th September 2024 from 4-8pm


Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, 028 90 311 900

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