Keen to be part of BFI Film Academy Discovery Film School Dundee 2017? Get your application in now!

3 July 2017

Interested in film? Watching films? Making films? Then this is for you. If you’re aged 16-19 and keen, Discovery Film School Dundee really wants to hear from you.

Applications are now open: download and fill in your application form and send it to The deadline for applications is Fri 4 August, 17:00.

There are only 12 places available and applications will be assessed on enthusiasm, ability to attend the key October dates in the programme and on showing a real interest in film. Good luck - we can’t wait to hear from you!

It has really helped me understand what it is to make a film and this has motivated me to pursue this as a career! Thank you!” - Max Jamieson, 2015 participant

This unique course offers you the chance to work with professionals from the industry to learn the filmmaking process, from generating ideas and scripting right through to shooting, editing, marketing and distribution to screening a finished film in the full size cinema at DCA.

The British Film Institute (BFI) 5-19 Programme funds the UK-wide scheme ‘Film Academy’ and DCA is one of five venues in Scotland to offer it. You can also gain the qualification NCFE Level 2 Award: Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, so all your skills and work will be formally recognised for any future applications. Each year we have had young people selected from the course to go to London to the National School of Film & Television Summer residential to gain even more specialised experience.

Our course runs from August to December and takes place on Thursday evenings and some weekends. Special technical skills days take place on specific weekends during this period and in October we have two intensive production weeks (you must be able to attend at least one of these weeks). Topics covered include camera operation, sound recording, lighting, editing, development of ideas and pitching, location work, exhibition and marketing; with talks from curators and industry professionals with lots of careers advice.

“I have learnt what it’s like to take up many roles in a film crew, and have learnt actually how difficult the editing process is, yet also how amazing it is, and how much I love it.” - MK Giannico, 2016 participant who also gained a place on the NFTS Summer residential to do editing and now has some great skills and lots to put on her CV.

A full course schedule (aspects are always subject to change) is available to download here. Please note the key dates in October when you must commit to a week of production activity. No experience of practical filmmaking is required to take part, but when you apply should be able to demonstrate an interest in film and a real commitment to the project.

Cost: The cost to take part is only £25, and there is funding for anyone needing travel or access support through BFI bursaries - these are available for anyone taking the course.

How to apply: It’s simple, just download the application form, fill it out and send it to If you have any questions about the course or the form please email or call us on 01382 909 900 and ask for the Learning team.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is Fri 4 August, 17:00.

I have learnt a great deal while being producer but the most important thing has to be people skills. People skills have meant that I can help or understand a situation quickly which helps the overall running of the film.” - Cameron Todd, course participant 2016

To find out more about BFI Film Academy, other BFI Residentials, further training and career routes please visit

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