BFI Film Academy Stop Motion Animation Camp


Then the BFI Film Academy Stop Motion Animation Camp could be perfect for you!

The BFI Film Academy Animation Camp will take place between February 10th-16th 2024


A participant on the camp uses a light box to create a 2d animation
Three participants are gathered around a set, shooting a film. In the foreground, someone watches the scene from a computer and gives the participants direction.

Delivered in partnership with Oscar-winning Aardman Animations and the University of the West of England’s School of Animation, the BFI Stop Motion Animation Camp offers 25 places for young people to develop their animation skills and work together in teams to make five animated shorts.

The BFI Stop Motion Animation Camp takes place over a week during February half term 2024, from 10th to 16th February, 2024. You’ll spend the week living in Bristol’s creative hub, where you’ll stay in the YHA – a fantastic converted warehouse on the Bristol harbourside, next to the Arnolfini gallery.

During the day, we’ll be based in the fantastic environment of the boomsatsuma studios in the Leadworks, where we’ll get to grips with ‘lens-based’ animation, using cameras to shoot 3D models or 2D artwork. We’ll also visit the award-winning Aardman Animations, who have been responsible for some of the most internationally loved stop-motion films, TV shows and games such as Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep and Early Man.  We will also check out  the University of West England’s brilliant Animation Course.

Over the duration of the camp, you’ll be taught by leading industry professionals and learn about every stage of production – covering story development, model making, animation production and post-production.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to find out more about a career in animation from professionals at all different stages of their working lives, from uni students studying animation, to BAFTA winning animation directors to Aardman model makers, and everything in between.

Previous participants of our industry camps have gone on to gain work experience with internationally renowned production companies such as Warner Bros and Aardman. Some have also gone on to further study at the Arts University Bournemouth, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of the West of England.

How do I apply? 

Applications are now open and close on Monday December 4th. Applications are online via Jot Form. You’ll be asked to submit some supporting information such as a portfolio or short video. You don’t need any previous experience, but we’d like to see what you’re interested in and what excites you!

You will be able to attach files to the form, but we also encourage you to get creative! You might want add a link to social media accounts such as TikTok to share videos of your work or a link to an Instagram portfolio.


Do I need any experience? 

This course is open to 16 – 19 year olds from across the UK. We’re not looking for previous experience, you’ll just need a passion to develop your animation skills.

How much does it cost? 

The course costs £210 (including all food and accommodation for the week)  – But we do have a generous bursary scheme and many students will get their travel and course costs funded by us.  Check here for more details.

Two participants on the BFI course smile as they share ideas

Interested in learning more about the BFI Stop Motion Camp?

You’ll find information about what you’ll get up to on the course, bursaries, and lots more on our FAQ page.

Please email to request an alternative copy of the application form (e.g. word doc). 





This course is part of BFI Film Academy, a national talent programme supported by the Department for Education and the National Lottery.

There are four other week-long residential courses and one two-week residential. Find out more on the BFI website.

VFX and Computer Animation – Film and Video Workshop – London (1 week)

Art Department – Calling the Shots – Bristol (1 week)

Documentary Course – CTVC – London (1 week)

Craft Skills – National Film and Television School – Beaconsfield (2 weeks)

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