About the National Youth Film Academy

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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. Filmoria.co.uk

Our History

The National Youth Film Academy was founded by Rob Earnshaw in 2011. Rob worked closely in association with BFI Future Film and together devised a way to help the best in British Filmmaking and Acting talent develop their careers in the industry.

In April 2011 a select group of young excited and talent individuals descended on the BFI Southbank and took part in the first-ever National Youth Film Academy Introductory course. They were given the task of creating a film in ten days, with the mentorship of some of the industries top professionals. On the final day of the course, the films were screened in front the UK’s top lm decision makers.

With mentions in the Hollywood Reporter and articles in The Guardian, The National Youth Film Academy brand was forged as a place to discover exceptionally talented young Actors and Filmmakers. From humble beginnings, the National Youth Film Academy community has grown into a very large but friendly hub of creativity, inspiration and productivity.

Our Core Values

No idea is a bad idea
We celebrate originality and support our members with their ambitions.
We work in a friendly industry
We trust in carrying a positive attitude to create positive actions. Our members are friendly, respectful and contribute to a positive working environment.
It's "who knows you"
We do not believe in ‘it’s who you know”, we believe that it’s about ‘who knows you’. We are dedicated to promoting our members and their talent to influencers in the industry.
Being serious is fun
We ensure that our members enjoy the experience of building their career to work professionally in Film.
Our members are our brand
The National Youth Film Academy work hard to maintain a strong reputation with the leads we have in the industry. Our members are the face of our brand, we only accept the very best talent to ensure that we the most respected talent organisation.

Join the National Youth Film Academy

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

We’re on the search exceptionally gifted young filmmakers and actors. Apply to become a member of the National Youth Film Academy.

  • Access to inspirational role models
  • Build soft skills, improve your ‘set readiness’
  • Collaborate and produce films
  • Unique access to industry networking events
  • Career and placement opportunities
  • Representation (Agency)