Take part in our industry acclaimed 10 day course. Working as an Actor or Film Maker you will work in a group to to write, produce, film and screen a short film. You will get to meet and learn from the industry top professionals who will give you advice on how to make it in the Film Industry. Limited spaces each year, apply today!


Breakthrough is for exceptionally gifted Actors and Film Makers who are ready to make their first step to become a professional. 

Designed so that you can continue in your everyday job or studies, our year long breakthrough programme is the best way to build up your confidence, experience and contacts to improve your opportunity to become a professional Filmmaker or Actor.


Aged 16-25? Want to get into the film?

Our mission is to locate, nurture and promote the very best young talents in British Film. Are you an exceptionally gifted young film maker or actor? Register your details now and apply to become a member of the National Youth Film Academy.


“The National Youth Film Academy is a great idea. It’s a very useful approach for young people, rather than the film school approach”

Geoff Boyle

Cinematographer – Street Fighter  

“It was clear to see that the National Youth Film Academy students had a genuine desire to learn as much as they could from their peers. Asking questions at every opportunity, students eagerly asked about any hints and tips they could use to break into the film industry.”

Richard Lennox

“The National Youth Film Academy gives young talent a shot. It’s a genuine chance for these young people to stand out and maybe have a chance at being offered full-time employment in an industry”

Harry Barnes

The Guardian



Member Showcase

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Zak Russell Jones – National Youth Film Academy Review

Born Benjamin Russell Jones, Zak began his career dreaming of one day securing a role on Manchester’s biggest soap, Coronation Street. Since then, he has done everything he could possibly do to help him achieve his dream and earn a place among Manchester’s elite. Zak attended the NYFA Summer course in 2014 in an attempt […]

Clara Bennathan – National Youth Film Academy Review

Clara is a 17 year old Londoner at the moment but she will be a Parisian very soon as she heads over to France to study mime and movement under the atelier of Etienne Decroux. Here is her take on the NYFA course: The NYFA course was suggested to me by a friend who had […]

Advice & Guidance

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J.K Rowling Overcame the IMPOSSIBLE

J.K Rowling is armed with a lot of magic and also one of the most inspirational success stories of our time. Joanne Rowling was a passenger on a delayed train from Manchester to London, it was here she had a “fully-formed” vision of young Harry Potter. “I saw Harry! I could see him very clearly […]

How Could THIS Happen to Spielberg?

If there is anyone in the industry you don’t want to miss a call from it’s Steven Spielberg. In the beginning, the global success of the pioneering director wasn’t a walk through Jurassic Park. Attending high school in Phoenix, Arizona, Spielberg was viciously bullied. He was taunted with anti semitic slurs and beaten up after […]