BFI FILM CLUB SCARBOROUGH

BFI Film Club Scarborough, a new 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 in 2021. The new BFI Film Club Scarborough 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 new filmmaking courses for 2021 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 courses in Bradford and Scarborough will be part of a pilot project this year have 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 - you can have a go at a number of roles yourselves.


Zoe Naylor from Reel Solutions and Lead Tutor on the course says: ‘We’re so pleased to be delivering a 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 15 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 who may experience racism.

when and where?

BFI Film Club will be delivered over 5 weekends with a Premiere Showcase of your films made during the course at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday 14th August. We aim to deliver most of the course's practical sessions face to face however some sessions work well online so these will be delivered online using Zoom.

The sessions are:

Friday 25 June -16:30-18:30 online on Zoom

Saturday 26 June - 10:30 - 16:00 at Woodend Creative, Scarborough

Friday 2 July - 16:30-18:30 online on Zoom

Saturday 3 July - 10:00- 16:30 at Dalby Forest, Pickering (transport will be provided but participants are welcome to travel there independently)

Friday 9 July - 16:30-18:30 online on Zoom

Saturday 10 July - 10:30 - 16:30 Woodend Creative and on location filming in Scarborough

Saturday 17 July - 10:00 - 16:00 online on Zoom

Saturday 24 July - 10:00 - 16:00 online animation day on Zoom

Saturday 14 August (time TBC) - Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

We have delivered several COVID secure filmmaking courses online and in person over the last year and can adapt our courses to any National or local restrictions. All filmmaking activities are structured to COVID secure industry guidance. Participants will connect online using Zoom - 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 and 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 - BFI Film Club application form link. Applications will open on Monday 24 May 2021 and will close on Sunday 20 June at 9pm. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SUMMER COURSE. All successful applicants will be informed no later than Tuesday 22 June.


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 are now closed for the bfi film club scarborough 2020/21