BFI Documentary Residential 2022

The BFI Documentary Residential Academy is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet award winning filmmakers, network, learn practical filmmaking skills and produce a documentary that will be screened in front of friends and family. If you love documentary film then this is the course for you!


Course highlights

  • Masterclasses with high level industry professionals including the director of  'Odd One Out' BBC 3 documentary about Jesy Nelson, Oscar winning director Orlando von Einsiedel and the award winning director Waad al-Kateab of 'For Sama', plus many more.
  • A high mentor to participant ratio.
  • Practical skills workshops.
  • A screening of your film at a cinema.
  • Becoming part of the BFI Alumni with access to paid work experience opportunities and training.



  • You must be aged between 16-19 years on 15th January 2022.
  • You must be able to attend all the dates.
  • You must have a passion for documentary film.
  • You must NOT be at university.
  • You must be a resident of the UK.
  • No formal educational qualifications are needed.


Online application form (please add this as a link)

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Deadline for applications: 5th December 2021