THE Beacon Hill Arts BFI Film Academy!

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Beacon Hill Arts B.F.I Film Academy 2016/17


The multi-award winning Beacon Hill Arts B.F.I Film Academy is BACK!

  • Aged 16-19 years old in or before December 2016?
  • Want to make and star in your own film?
  • Love films and telling stories?

We are searching for the next generation of talented young people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs who would love the opportunity to develop their filmmaking talents. There are twelve places available.


  • November 2016 - February 2017.
  • Workshops will take place on Sundays during term-time, from the end of November and during the February half-term holiday.


  • Key House, Tankerville Place, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 3AT
  • Key House is about a 10 minute walk from both West Jesmond Metro Station and Great North Road (which is served by lots of buses) [Click the links in the text to be taken to directions]


No experience necessary! We welcome young people of all abilities – It’s enthusiasm that counts!

  • To apply for a place you must attend one of our following Taster and Selection Days:
  • Please note: The session on Saturday 29th October has been moved to Sunday 27 November. 
  • Option 1: Sunday 30 October from 10am-1pm
    Option 2: Sunday 27 November from 10am—1pm
  • The taster day is is FREE to attend and will be a fun filmmaking workshop


  • The Taster and Selection days are free
  • All workshops during the Film Academy are free
  • If you are offered a place on the Film Academy there is a one-off administration payment of £25 (however this can be waived for those who are unable to afford it).
  • Travel bursaries are available. Please get in touch for more information.
  • Email or call 0191 580 7000, to find out more.

Why not come along to our next PREMIERE in October 2016 and see what you think? Click here to find out more.
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[Note: due to funding restrictions, you are unable to take part in the BFI Film Academy if you are attending university]

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