Free Filmmaking Course from BFI Academy, Cumbria

If you love film and are aged 16-19, this is for you...

Written by Dani Boniface

Here at Kirkgate Arts, we are passionate about supporting local talent and creative skills. So when we heard a little birdy talking about a free course for young people, we had to share the news!

The Course

The BFI Film Academy are offering a FREE course for young people in Cumbria, delivered by Signal Film & Media. If you are aged 16-19, interested in filmmaking and not in university education, then you can apply now.

Image source: BFI Film Academy

During the course you will:

  • Meet industry professionals
  • Make a short film
  • Gain recognised qualifications
  • Be part of a real film crew

Sounds good right?

The course covers screenwriting, directing, cinematography, set design, hair and make up and a sound and editing masterclass.


Main programme: 17th October - 12th December 2017
Optional extra: Creative screenwriting workshops 23rd & 30th September 2017


The course is completely FREE and runs outside of school and college times.


Early Bird Deadline (For extra screenwriting workshops): 11th September
Main Deadline: 28th September


To enrol on the course, contact Jameela at Signal Film and Media:

Email: [email protected]
Call: 01229 838592

You can find out more on the Signal Film and Media website.

Want to gain further skills?

If you are a media, art, music or drama student looking to gain practical experience to support your learning and kick-start your career, you can volunteer right here at Kirkgate Arts.

We have a wide range of exciting roles available covering everything from film projection to sound and tech, design and more. Find out more and get involved over on our Volunteers section.

Love film? Love Kirkagte Arts

If it's a night out with mates you're looking for then we've got you covered. Film Fridays are launching this season, bringing newly released blockbusters right to your doorstep. War epic Dunkirk (12A) starring Tom Hardy and high-octane heist comedy Logan Lucky (PG) starring Daniel Craig (like never before...) are first up on the menu.

There's also our Monday night films featuring the best of rom coms, action, drama, comedy and international cinema. Highlights include super-stylish action comedy Baby Driver (15) (you seriously need to get this soundtrack on Spotify) and date night perfection in the 2017 smash hit The Big Sick (15).

Take a peak and grab your discounted tickets here.