Minerva Learning Trust

Applications Open - BFI Youth Training Scheme in Indie Cinema & Film Festival Exhibition

Interested in a career in Film?

The project is the BFI Specialist Programming Residential offered by the BFI Film Academy for 16–19-year-old film fans across the UK. The residential will combine 4 days of in-person workshops with overnight stay in Sheffield, followed by 4 Saturdays of online masterclasses to help learners plan and deliver their own film festival. Previous alumni of the Specialist Residential in Sheffield have already gone on to work in the industry, at places such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, Warner Brothers and more.

On the residential, young people get to:

• Plan and pitch their own film festival to be screened at the Showroom Cinema

• Watch a wide range of British independent cinema

• Partake in masterclasses on the running of film criticism, indie cinema, marketing, distribution, and film festivals

• Meet filmmakers, critics, and distributors from across the Uk who are renowned in their fields. These speakers include film critics such as Hannah Strong from Little White Lies and Danny Leigh. Film awards such as BIFA, international film festivals including Sheffield DocFest and you will gain access to preview screenings and meet filmmakers from across the UK.

The programming residential will take place from 27th July - 31st July in person in Sheffield, followed by 4 Saturdays which will be hosted online. It's a great opportunity for young film fans who want to work in exhibition or film journalism to develop their skills and network with industry professionals renowned in the field. You can find a behind-the-scenes look at last year's Programming residential film festival here.

To apply please click here.


The BFI Film Academy Specialist Residential is a training scheme for young cinema lovers which will take place for 4 days in person followed by 4 Saturdays online. Students usually come from all over the UK to take part, and it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow film fans, learn the role of a cinema programmer and develop professionally within the world of film. 16 to 19-year-olds from across the UK get to learn about film programming, marketing and distribution and eventually put on their own film festival at the Showroom Cinema. Whether you’re a filmmaker, blogger, regular cinema goer, or someone who simply enjoys watching and talking about films, this exciting and intensive residential programme will give you a real insight into the world of cinema.

We offer a generous bursary scheme to cover any costs that will enable anyone, regardless of financial position, to take part. Students will be mentored throughout their time on the residential and will get the chance to meet various industry professionals on a daily basis who can give tips on how to kick-start a career in film. Speakers include Little White Lies, Danny Leigh, BIFA, Cinema For All, We Are Parable and filmmakers from across the UK.

The deadline for applications is 11th July 2022.