Introductory Course

The people I met I will know and work with for life, and I am grateful for National Youth Film Academy giving us the opportunity to work together on the course and in the future.
Elizabeth Cassidy. Alumni

An Introduction to your future in film

The National Youth Film Academy is dedicated to giving you the best possible opportunity to succeed in the film industry.

The National Youth Film Academy Introductory Course is not designed to teach you how to make film but to inspire you to make the right choices to develop a career in this competitive industry.

During our Introductory course you will be given ten days to train in your chosen field, learn from respected industry professionals and meet with like-minded individuals to write and produce your own original short film. Your film will then be screened in front of your peers, family and friends at the Hackney Picturehouse London.

The purpose of this course is for us to identify your talents as a Filmmaker or Actor. At the end of your ten days, you will be assessed based on your ability to work as a professional under pressure and alongside your creative team. You must pass the Introductory course before being offered the benefits of a National Youth Film Academy member and/or take part in the Breakthrough course.

At a Glance:

What you will walk away with:

  • Masterclasses with Top Industry Mentors
  • Professional Headshot
  • Showcase of your original short film
  • Showreel Footage
  • Representation by our feeder Agency¬†(Actors)
  • Help with job placements (Filmmakers)


  • Actor
  • Assistant Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Composer
  • Crew
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Writer
Make it Happen
Introductory Course
Apply now to receive the course brochure

Previous Mentors:

Lou Kneath
Creative Consultant and character animator
Simon Bird
The Inbetweeners
Gareth Edwards
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Iain Canning
Jason Flemyng
Phil Meheux
Casino Royale
Matt Milne
Jonathan Firth
Karen Lindsay Stewart
Casting Director
Harry Potter
Paul Alexander
Red Dwarf
Richard Godfrey
Location Manager
The Inbetweeners Movie
Herbert Wise
I, Claudius
Sean Gascoigne
United Agents
Matt Smith
Lionsgate U.K
Hugo Luczyc - Wyhowski
Production Designer
Shane Collins
Shane Collins Associates

Apply now!

Are you serious about becoming a professional filmmaker or actor? If you are aged under 25 you can apply to become a member of the National Youth Film Academy. Registering your interest costs nothing and only takes 1 minute to complete. Start your career today!

Apply now