BFI Film Club Scarborough, a film school for young people based in North Yorkshire, will offer fun filmmaking opportunities to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have them on their doorstep again in 2023. The new BFI Film Club which launched in Scarborough in 2021 will support up to 20 young people aged 12 -15 years who want to find out more about film, develop their skills or try filmmaking for the first time. Previous filmmaking experience isn’t necessary.

BFI Film Clubs are filmmaking courses from the British Film Institute (BFI) in limited towns and cities throughout England in locations identified as 'Opportunity Areas' by the Department for Education (DfE) owing to social and economic challenges. See here for more information. Building on the success of the BFI Film Academy for 16-19 year olds, our new course in Scarborough has been made possible by funding from BFI, National Lottery and the DCMS Youth Accelerator Fund.

The course will encourage you to have a go at a range of different filmmaking skills supported by our experienced education team and industry professionals who will help you learn more about how films are made through viewing and talking about film together and will cover all the key production stages from development to post-production including camerawork, sound and editing.

Zoe Naylor from Reel Solutions and Lead Tutor on the course says: ‘We’re so pleased to be delivering another BFI Film Club in Scarborough. Projects like this usually only happen in big cities and smaller, more rural places often miss out. I grew up in Scarborough and have worked in the film industry for nearly 30 years so I’m really pleased to be delivering this project here in my home town.’

What will i do on the course?

  • Have fun completing daily tasks and filmmaking challenges

  • Be supported to plan and work together to create a mini documentary film in a day as part of a film crew in Dalby Forest

  • Create your own animated avatar using claymation and learn to use Stop Motion Studio software with professional animators at Aardman and Screen Argyll

  • Get top tips on how to develop your ideas and create your own moodboard

  • Find out more about careers and roles in film from industry professionals

  • Watch and discuss films

  • Work with sound to make your own soundtrack

  • Learn about camera movements and angles, shot types and how to edit film

  • Work as a team to build a walk-in camera obscura and see how images are created

who are we looking for?

We are looking for 20 young people aged 12-15 who want to find out more about film and think they might like to try for the first time, or further develop, their filmmaking skills. Previous filmmaking experience isn’t necessary.

We welcome applications from all young people including those eligible for free school meals, disabled young people including those with non-visible disabilities and mental health conditions and young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and those who may experience racism.

when and where?

BFI Film Club will be delivered over 5 weekends January - March 2023 with a Premiere Showcase of your films in front of friends and family at the end of the course. We aim to deliver most of the course's practical sessions face to face however some sessions work well online and these will be delivered online using Zoom.

The dates for sessions are:

Saturday 28 January 10:00 - 16:00

Friday 3 February 16:30-18:30 online and Saturday 4 February

Friday 10 February 16:30-18:30 online and Saturday 11 February 10:00 - 16:00

Saturdays 18 February, 4 and 11 March (TBC)

We have delivered several filmmaking courses online and in person over the last few years - it will be useful to have an internet connection and device that you can connect to the internet with such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. If needed, we will work with you to resolve any gaps in home connectivity you may have, please just let us know.

how much does it cost?

The course is free to attend but there is a £15 fee for a Kit Bundle for the animation day which has all the model making materials you will need. If you think you will struggle to pay that, please still apply – if your application is successful, we’ll make sure you can attend and bursaries are available to cover the costs of attending the course.

how do i apply?

There's a simple online form to complete if you would like to apply to the BFI Film Club Scarborough. Applications will open on Monday 31 October 2022 and will close on Sunday 8 January 2023.

In order to apply for any BFI Film Club course, you must:

  • Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course

  • Be a UK resident and live in North Yorkshire

  • Have a passion or interest in film and film making

  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course

applications for the bfi film club scarborough 2023 open 31 october 2022 and close 8 january 2023