BFI Camps Bursary Scheme

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the BFI Film Academy animation course, including accommodation and food, but generous financial assistance and 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.

We also have a separate fund that can help with travel, childcare or other prohibitive costs, details below.

A participant on the BFI Academy Specialist course is sitting at a desk in a worskhop. She has an iPad in front of her. Sher pauses to think as she looks up at a participant sitting opposite her in the foreground.

In order to support more participants with bursaries who would otherwise be unable to attend, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked that we introduce a modest charge for those who are able to contribute. Due to generous support from the DfE, 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 around £1,500, but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £210.

Financial assistance is available to any young person who requires support to ensure no one will be deterred from applying for or taking up their place on a residential course. It is subject to you accepting your place on the course and committing to attending all the dates.

Once you are offered a place on the course you will be asked to declare your total household income using the framework below. You will not be required to submit any additional information at this stage but once the places have been allocated we ask a random sample of 20% of applicants to provide evidence of their status.

The full fee per course is £210, the maximum assistance available would cover the whole of this cost, meaning you would pay nothing. There is also a fund available for those who may need help with travel, child care, access (such as a signer) or other costs related to their participation.

Please note: Film Academy course fees are already highly subsidised and do not cover actual costs. The subsidy offered will be determined based on household income.

You will not have to make any contribution if your total taxable family income before tax is £29,927 or less (after deducting £1,865 for each dependent child in the family, including the Film Academy participant) in the tax year ending 6 April 2019.

If your family income is more than £29,927 you will have to make a contribution, as shown below.

Please contact us for further information on any of the above or if you would like to discuss your individual circumstances. Email:


Total household income (less deductions for children)


We also have a separate bursary scheme for Travel, Child Care and Additional Costs.
It is important that no student, wherever they live or their circumstance, should feel excluded because they can’t afford the costs.

Our course is based in Bristol and you will need to make your own way there at the start of the course. You can apply for all or part of your travel costs. Some young people may have caring responsibilities. You can apply for support to cover your childcare or any other costs that would be incurred because you are attending the course.


When you have been offered a place on the course we will ask if you want to claim a bursary. You then fill in this form and send it to us before the course starts. You will need to provide proof of any benefits you receive. Keep receipts of your costs and we can re-imburse your expenses. If you need financial help before the course starts contact us and we will discuss your situation and work out a way to help.

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