BFI Animation Camp

Are you 16-19?

Passionate about animation?

Want to find out about a career in the media?

If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you.


The BFI Film Academy Specialist Residential is run by Calling the Shots in Bristol. Applications are now closed for the BFI Film Academy Animation Course and will re-open later this year for our 2018 camp.

Calling the Shots are excited to offer a week-long residential animation course for young people aged between 16 and 19, as part of the BFI Film Academy and in partnership with Aardman, the University of the West of England School of Animation and the cream of Bristol’s world-leading animation talent.

About the course

As a BFI Film Academy participant, you will learn the latest in stop-motion animation practice. The six-day programme will include sessions on story devising and stop-motion animation techniques, as well as careers advice and master classes with practicing industry professionals from the Bristol animation scene. Working in small teams you will create an animated short that will be screened at The Cube Cinema in Bristol.

When: Saturday 11th to Friday 17th February 2017.

(You need to be sure that you can attend all these dates before signing up.)

Where: A residential training centre in beautiful countryside near Bristol.

About you

You must be:

  • A UK resident aged 16-19 on the first day of the programme.
  • Able to commit to the whole week.
  • As excited as we are about making, watching and talking about animation!
To apply

To apply, just download and fill out the application form below and then email it to us at

For further information call us on 0117 930 0141 or email the address above

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How much does it cost?

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the Specialist Residential course, including accommodation and food, but a generous 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. For more information please see the FAQs below or email

This course is part of Film Academy, the BFI’s programme of opportunities for young filmmakers. Find out about the other BFI Film Academy courses here.

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Important dates and deadlines:

  • BFI Animation camp applications open now!
  • Applications close on 6th December 2016