WANNABE film makers across Somerset have the chance to fulfil their dreams, thanks to the British Film Institution (BFI) Film Academy Programme in partnership with BAFTA and Pinewood Film Studios.

Bridgwater charity Somerset Film, is encouraging young people aged 16-19 to apply for the academy, which will take place in February.

Participants will 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.

The next academy takes place on February 4, at The Engine Room in Bridgwater, where Somerset Film lead the academy that aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers.

The academy takes place on Saturday, February 4, Saturday, February 11, Monday, February 13-Friday, February 17.

It costs £25, however if young people feel they will struggle to pay the course fee, then they are still encouraged to apply as the 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 somersetfilm.com/initiatives/bfi-film-academy.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 23.

We will notify successful applicants by Wednesday, January 25.

For more information, call Natalie Collings on 01278 433187 or email info@somerserfilm.com