Frequently Asked Questions

Please email if you have any questions, or give us a ring on 0117 930 0141 and we’ll be happy to help.

What happens during the week? – The days will vary, but basically you will be working in groups on a stop-motion animation short film. A variety of industry professionals will come and talk about aspects of the film industry giving you a better overview of the sector. There will be a series of taster workshops that will introduce you to new techniques, then in a group of five you will work on a group project. You will learn about story structure, model making techniques including making an armature and about filming, editing and sound recording for your short film. We will also have some visits to the UWE School of Animation and to the Aardman Studios. We will have a screening of our finished films at a Bristol Cinema.

Who is eligible to apply to BFI Film Academy courses? In order to apply for any BFI Film Academy course, you must:

  • Be aged 16-19 years old on the first day of the course.
  • Be a UK resident.
  • Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry.
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course.
  • Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts.

How much does the Film Academy Animation Camp cost? The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the Specialist Residentials (depending on your financial circumstances), payable on acceptance. Fees include accommodation and food but exclude transportation costs to and from the course. A bursary scheme ensures that costs will not prevent any filmmaker from taking part – if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend! See below for further information.

What if I cannot afford the fee or travel costs for the course? Course fees can be waived for those who cannot pay the fee. In addition, bursaries are available for the purpose of removing specific barriers to participation, such as travel costs reimbursements. You will be asked if you wish to apply for a fee waiver or bursary on acceptance of a place. If you are the right person for the course we will make sure you get help to attend. See below for further information.

What have past students got out of the scheme?
All past students become a BFI alumni and they get some fantastic help and exclusive opportunities, for example 30 alumni have been offered work at Lucas films for the past 2 years!

What are the rooms like? – We have sole use of Barton Camp residential centre. There is a collection of single, double and six bed rooms. These will be single sex and we will try to offer you a choice of what room to be in. People with particular needs will be given priority for the single rooms.

What is the food like? – We employ our own chefs; Claire and Sarah. They have lots of experience cooking for young people and have developed a good menu that we think you will enjoy. We always provide a vegetarian option and can easily cater for halal, gluten free, lactose-free diets etc. Just let us know and we will sort it out.

Long term support? – We will keep in touch for at least 6 months and provide you with a range of opportunities. This will include festival dates, training schemes, bursaries, competitions, networking events etc. This will be done through FaceBook and email.

Careers support? – We run a progression routes evening during the week, where each student meets with advisers who will help you clarify your education, training and career goals and help you to think about your own next steps to develop a career in animation.

What happens in the evenings? – After dinner we have a full programme of activities including film screenings and craft sessions. Due to the nature of the project you will need to remain on site.

What rules will there be? – As a significant proportion of students will be under 18, we will be asking you to accept a no alcohol rule, similarly students of the opposite sex will not be allowed in each other rooms after a certain time in the evening. Needless to say we have a zero tolerance to bullying, anti social behaviour, sexism, racism or drugs.

LGBT and trans? – We encourage applications from members of this community and have developed our course and provision to make them feel at home.

Special needs? – We encourage applications from people who have a variety of needs and have catered in the past for people in wheelchairs, hearing impaired, autism and a range of other common issues.

Smoking? – Smokers cannot smoke in the residential building or in the training rooms, however there is a smoking space outside the building.

Child protection? – All staff have been trained in child protection and hold a current DBS (A check that they have not had a serious criminal conviction). There will always be two members of staff (men and women) sleeping in the accommodation providing care and security. During the day there will always be eight members of staff. Each student will have a key worker who will be responsible for their overall wellbeing.

BFI Charging guidelines – Residential Courses 2018/19


We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The Course Fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the BFI Film Academy Specialist Residential Animation course, which includes your accommodation and food for the duration of the residential.

Due to generous support from the Department for Education in England, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The true cost of providing these courses is £1,500 for the Specialist Residential course, but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £210 for the Specialist residential if you fall into the highest income bracket. Depending on your financial circumstances we will subsidise some of the Course Fee or all of it.

Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying. If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the Course Fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help them – if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.

For more information please download the full BFI funding FAQs here or email