Our annual Beacon Hill Arts BFI Film Academy searches for young people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs who love films and want to develop their filmmaking talents.

  • Are you 16-19 years old?
  • Would you like to make and star in your own film?

Get in touch to find out more

Alternatively call Michelle on 0191 580 7000 or email

Important notes:

  • No previous experience is necessary.
  • We welcome people of ALL abilities.
  • The Taster and Application workshops are FREE, after which 12 young people will be offered a place on the Beacon Hill Arts BFI Film Academy.
  • There is a one-off £25 administration fee for those who are offered a place - this is waived for those who are unable to afford it.
  • All of the Film Academy workshop sessions are FREE to attend.
  • Bursaries are available to cover travel and attendance costs, if needed.
  • Those young people offered a place should note that the Film Academy will run for 11 sessions on Sundays from the beginning of December and during the February half term holiday. Workshops will take place at Key House in Newcastle.
  • To find out more about the BFI Film Academy programme across the UK, click here.

I didn’t know anybody but I thought: ‘I have to be myself and try’, after all everybody was new just like me weren’t they? By the time the Film Academy finished I felt like I’d made loads of new friends, had loads of fun and had worked independently as part of the epic team of all time.
— Rowan – BFI Film Academy graduate
When I took him to the first session I remember meeting the staff and breathing a sigh of relief when it became clear how much experience and understanding they had of working with people with disabilities and autism. When you’ve got that bit covered – well that’s when all the good things happen isn’t it?
— Louise, Rowan's Mother