For Under 19s

If you want to make film and are aged 15-19, then we have four different filmmaking or screenwriting academies each year. You don't need any experience, we will teach you everything you need to know.

Our Filmmaking Academies give young people aged 15-19 the chance to try filmmaking for the first-time. The academies help to develop skills by working in small groups to plan, shoot and edit short films.

When the films are made, we premier them on our big screen, you can invite your friends, family and the next-door neighbour to see the film you have made in the cinema!

After your film is made, we can help you enter your films into awards and film festivals.

You do not need to have any previous experience of filmmaking to be part of our academies. And it might be the first step of a career in the film or TV industry.

EASTER HOLIDAY SCHOOLS for ages 10-13

Our Easter Holiday Schools return for their 10th consecutive year with two fantastic offerings – Stop Motion Animation and Filmmaking. Perfect for keeping a creative child aged 10 – 13 entertained during the holidays.

If you book a place to both of the Easter Holiday Schools, you will receive 10% off your order.

“The Summer and Easter Schools are an important stepping stone in our aim to develop and provide engaging and high-quality filmmaking and animation opportunities in our region from age eight onwards. They are fun, interactive, help develop skills and are a great way to make new friends!” – Tyneside Cinema Learning & Participation Manager, Alina Trewhitt

Stop Motion Animation Holiday School

Dates: 6-9 April
Location: Pop Up Film School, Pilgrim Street (across the road from Tyneside Cinema)

Working with our experienced artist filmmaker, Taryn Edmonds – children will learn about stop motion animation while watching and experimenting with pixilation, plasticine and cut out. Over the course of the four days they will:

  • Develop an idea into a story
  • Work in groups to create short animations
  • Make a longer film with a story and material of their choice
  • Have a premier for their families and friends to attend on the last day
  • They get to keep a copy of their work

“My son has taken part in your animation summer camp for the past two years and has enjoyed it so much that he now practises at home” – Parent Feedback

Click here for more information and booking.

Filmmaking Holiday School

Dates: 14-17 April
Location: Pop Up Film School, Pilgrim Street (across the road from Tyneside Cinema)

Working with our experienced and award-winning filmmaker, Sean McKenna, children will learn some of the key concepts about making a film, storytelling and film language. Over the course of the four days they will:

  • Watch and discuss relevant movies
  • Develop an idea into a story
  • Use a camera, lights, props and costumes
  • Develop a script into a film
  • Remake a trailer of a classic movie
  • Plan, shoot and edit their own film
  • Have a premier for their families and friends to attend on the last day
  • They get to keep a copy of their work

“My son has greatly enjoyed Film School the last three summers and very much wants to do it again.” – Parent Feedback

If you know a child who is interested in filmmaking, this course is a great introduction to our Academy Programme which they can apply for once they turn 15.

Click here for more information and booking.

BFI Fiction Film Academy

Ages 15-19

The British Film Institute (BFI) Fiction Academy is for 16-19-year-olds from the North East who have ambitions to work in film and want to learn more about how the industry works. If you want to work in production, film journalism or distribution, then this academy is perfect for you.

Applications are currently closed but will reopen in 2020.

Download Fiction Academy Factsheet

Documentary Academy sponsored by intu

Ages 15-19

Say something about the world around you, as you learn new skills and work in small groups to plan, shoot and edit a short factual film. The next edition of the Documentary Academy will run from May 2020 to July 2020. Watch this space for further details!

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The Factory: Film as Art

Ages 15-19

Explore and experiment with artists’ moving image, working closely in small groups to make short film work supported by professional artists and filmmakers.

The next edition of The Factory will run from January to March 2020.

Applications are now open! Deadline: Sun 5 Jan 2020.

Click here to apply >>

Download The Factory Factsheet

BFI Screenwriting Residential

Ages 16-19

This five-day intensive course supports you to develop your skills in writing for the big screen and build a career in the film industry. You will meet and be mentored by industry professionals who have all written for film and TV.

Dates for the 2020 Programme


Introductory residential weekend: Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 January 2020

Residential week: Sunday 16 – Friday 21 February 2020.

Applications now open until 2 Dec.

Click here to apply

Download Screenwriting Factsheet

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