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. 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 scriptwriting, storyboarding, 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 thrilled to be able to deliver 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 film in a day as part of a film crew

  • Get top tips on how to write stories and create your own storyboard

  • Find out more about careers in film from some of the best industry professionals

  • Use a range of different cameras and editing software

  • Try scriptwriting

  • Watch and discuss films

  • Work with sound to make your own soundtrack

  • Learn about shot types, camera movements and angles

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 over the Easter holidays – previous filmmaking experience isn’t necessary.

We welcome applications from all young people.

when and where?

We are waiting on updates regarding how the easing of restrictions will affect face to face out of school educational activities - we would very much like to deliver most of the course's practical sessions face to face on Saturdays between May - July 2021, mornings mainly with some full days. As restrictions stand, this currently wouldn't be allowed. Venues are still to be confirmed dependent on when and how they are able to reopen but include central Scarborough locations and, we are hoping, Dalby Forest. If restrictions mean we need to move the course online, that won't be a problem - we have delivered several filmmaking courses online in the last year. Participants will connect online using Google Education Suite, Discord and Zoom - it will be useful to have an internet connection and device 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.

how much does it cost?

Courses are free to attend. However, a £20 deposit is required to secure your place once offered and this will be returned upon completion of the course. If you think you will struggle to find the deposit, please still apply – if your application is successful, we’ll make sure you can attend - there is a bursary fund to cover these costs where eligible.

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 are not open yet. We hope that they will open on Monday 12 April 2021 - please check back on this page for updates and more details.