BFI Documentary Residential Academy 2022

Applications are now closed.

The BFI Documentary Residential Academy is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet award winning filmmakers, network, learn practical filmmaking skills and produce a documentary that will be screened in front of friends and family. If you love documentary film then this is the course for you!


Course highlights

  1. Masterclasses with high level industry professionals including the director of  'Odd One Out' BBC 3 documentary about Jesy Nelson, Oscar winning director Orlando von Einsiedel and the award winning director Waad al-Kateab of 'For Sama', plus many more.

  2. A high mentor to participant ratio.

  3. Practical skills workshops.

  4. A screening of your film at a cinema.

  5. Becoming part of the BFI Alumni with access to paid work experience opportunities and training.


You must be aged between 16-19 years on 15th January 2022.

You must be able to attend all the dates.

You must have a passion for documentary film.

You must NOT be at university.

You must be a resident of the UK.

No formal educational qualifications are needed.