The Leeds BFI Film Academy scheme cemented my interest in filmmaking and made me sure I wanted to pursue film as a career. I had great fun on the course, and after completion gained a place on the Film Academy residential at the NFTS, and then went on to work at the BFI Film Fund offices in London. I am now acting as Producer’s Assistant on a feature film, giving me indispensable insight into the production process. I’d highly recommend the Leeds Academy to any young person who thinks they might want to pursue filmmaking in the future!
“Taking part in the BFI Film Academy, Leeds has been one of the best decisions I have made. It was my first opportunity to work alongside other young people who shared my passion for film and to learn from industry professionals. The Film Academy made it clear to me that I wanted to pursue a career in the film industry, providing me with the confidence to study filmmaking at university and to throw myself into many creative projects. It has led to amazing opportunities to continue collaborating with other young people who are also kick-starting their careers in the film industry, including the chance to travel and learn about different cultures. I am proud to say that I have since won a Student RTS Award for my work and I am hugely grateful to the Film Academy for equipping me with the skills, confidence and ambition to achieve what I have done so far.”
The BFI Film Academy was a life-changing experience; I learned so much about filmmaking, from scriptwriting to exhibition as well as making a film that I am incredibly proud of. I made so many useful contacts, and met an entire team of like-minded people, some of whom I am already working with on my first feature film. Anyone who is serious about working in the film industry should sign up to the BFI Film Academy immediately!