BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy Labs

Monthly events for young filmmakers.

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Join us for the 2021/2022 BFI Film Academy Labs series!

BFI Film Academy Labs are all about helping 16- to 25-year-olds break into the screen industries. These monthly practical sessions are led by industry professionals, with a focus on explaining the specifics of working in film and television, and developing your skills to become the best screen creative you can be. The Labs are programmed across three strands: Business of Film, Career Ladder and Storytelling.

Our Labs are moving partly back into venue in a hybrid model from August 2021. Once a month on a Monday evening, we’ll continue with our series of online sessions that are free to attend and open to everyone in the world. Then, on the following Saturday, we’ll host an in-venue event at BFI Southbank, followed by networking drinks. These in-venue sessions will focus on more practical skills, building on the learnings from Monday’s Zoom session and enabling young, aspiring screen creatives to meet each other face-to-face and build their networks.

BFI Film Academy Labs are supported by the Reuben Foundation.

This season’s Labs

August 2021
Creative producing for film & TV
Mon 9 Aug | 18:30 - 19:45 | Zoom talk

Giving & receiving notes
Sat 14 Aug | 12:30 - 15:30 | In-person interactive talk and networking

September 2021
The future is now: Shooting a short film in 2021
Mon 6 Sep | 18:30 - 19:45 | Zoom panel discussion

In-venue event (TBC)
Sat 11 Sep | 12:30 - 15:30 | In-person workshop and networking

November 2021
Leader of the pack: Running a set as a director
Mon 8 Nov | 18:30 - 19:45 | Online talk

How to direct actors
Sat 13 Nov | 12:30 - 15:30 | In-person workshop and networking

December 2021
Presenting yourself as a screen creative
Mon 6 Dec | 18:30 - 19:45 | Online panel discussion

Creating a stand-out portfolio
Sat 11 Dec | 12:30 - 15:30 | In-person workshop and networking

January 2022
What comes after the festival circuit?
Mon 3 Jan | 18:30 - 19:45 | Online panel discussion

Developing your film festival strategy
Sat 8 Jan | 12:30 - 15:30 | In-person workshop and networking

Watch previous Labs events

Check out earlier BFI Film Academy Labs on our YouTube playlist.

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