Talented young people aged 16 – 19 years in Somerset are getting the chance to become part of the next generation of filmmaking talent thanks to the British Film Institution (BFI) Film Academy Programme in partnership with BAFTA and Pinewood Film Studios.

The next academy will take place from the end of January and there are just six places left.

Local charity, Somerset Film, leads the academy, which aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers.

Participants receive seven jam-packed days of masterclasses, screenings, career guidance, mentoring and hands on workshops plus the chance to meet industry professionals and make two short films. This year participants will also visit the Future Film Festival at the BFI in London.

The academy takes place on January 30; February 6,13,14,17 and 18. It costs just £25,but if young people feel they will struggle to pay the course fee then they are still encouraged to apply as this fee can be waived. Bursary places and help with transport and other costs are also available.

The BFI Film Academy is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career in the film and media industry, whether as a script writer, set carpenter, cinematographer or director but you don’t have to be currently studying film or media to apply. Somerset Film welcomes applications from those ideally who have already made their first short film, either with family and friends on a mobile or as part of school/college coursework.

However, the most important thing is that applicants demonstrate their love of film.

Alumni from previous academies continue to receive support and information from all the organisations involved and last year they visited Pinewood Studios for a training session with Sony on their latest 4k cameras.

You can download an application form at www.somersetfilm.com/initiatives/bfi-film-academy. The deadline for applications is January 22. Call Natalie Collings on 01278 433187 for further details