CTS delivers the Animation Camp for the BFI’s Film Academy programme, the national scheme for 16-19 year olds, creating opportunities for young people to develop short films with industry professionals.

The last six camps from 2014 to 2019 saw 25 young people from across the UK spend an intensive week exploring new animation techniques and working in teams to create five new micro-animations.

The project linked participants to a wide range of organisations and freelancers from Bristol’s vibrant animation scene. A series of industry masterclasses and an evening explored personal progression routes and the week culminated in a screening of the work created at the Cube Cinema.

About the course

Delivered in partnership with oscar-winning Aardman Animations and the University of the West of England’s School of Animation, our course offers 25 places for young people with a passion for animation to work together in teams to make five animated shorts. We focus on ‘lens-based’ animation, using cameras to shoot 3D models or 2D artwork.

Participants learn about every stage of production, covering story development, model making, animation production and post production.

We also offer sessions on careers advice and master-classes with practicing industry professionals from the Bristol animation scene.


British Film Institute


2014 – 2019


Talent Development
Project Design


Steve Gear

Blog Posts

Time Lapse – reflections on the BFI Film Academy camp

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