BFI Film Club Blackpool

Want to make your own films and see them on the big screen?

We’re looking for 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs living in Blackpool to take part in Blackpool’s first BFI film club.

  • A filmmaking group for 12-15 year olds.
  • 6 April 2021 – 19 June 2021
  • 10 sessions and a showcase event

You’ll learn how films are made and with help from our industry professionals you’ll try your hand at lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing.

Your final film will be shown at a big showcase event and you’ll be able to invite all your friends and family.

Sessions also include workshops from Aardman Animations as well as a cinema trip. Plus, you’ll receive cinema vouchers when you screen your film at the final showcase event.

This is a great opportunity to try out creative filming techniques using a variety of kit. With plenty of expert guidance, you’ll pick up some handy skills that will make your films stand out, whether you’re completely new to filmmaking or pretty experienced.

The sessions will run from Tuesday 8 April (Easter Holidays) to Saturday 19 June 2021 and will are supported by qualified youth workers from the Magic Club Blackpool.

Session Dates

  • Tues 6 April,  ONLINE
  • Thurs 8 April, ONLINE
  • Weds 21 April,  ONLINE
  • Weds 5 May, ONLINE
  • Weds 12 May,  ONLINE
  • Sat 22 May
  • Sat 29 May
  • Tues 1 June
  • Thurs 3 June
  • Sat 12 June
  • Sat 19 June

If we can’t carry out face-to-face sessions due to covid, they will be held online. We will provide the necessary resources.

Face to face sessions (22 May onwards) will run from 10am – 1pm, you’re also welcome to stay for lunch which runs from 1-2pm.

How do I sign up?

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 4 April 2021.

What will I get out of it?

By taking part in the BFI Film Club, you’ll:

  • Explore all aspects of hands-on filmmaking helping you to develop your practical knowledge and skills working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • Work with other young people to make new films that will be screened at a big showcase event.
  • Meet industry experts such as directors, writers, costume makers.
  • Watch a range of films and gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema. Finding out what skills and experience you need to be part of the future film industry.
  • Become part of the BFI Film Club Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development after the course has finished.

Who can join?

To join the club you must:

  • Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course
  • Be based in Blackpool
  • Have an interest in filmmaking
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course (11 sessions between Tuesday 6 April to Saturday 19 June 2021).

Where is it?

The first five sessions will take part online. We will send you any materials needed for you to take part in the activities. The following sessions will be delivered face-to-face at The Old Electric on Springfield Road, Blackpool. There will also be visits to the cinema and to special filming locations – you will receive details on sign up.

Is it expensive?

This activity is free for young people living in Blackpool.
There is also additional help for those that need it:

  • We provide a sandwich lunch at our face-to-face sessions
  • We have a small fund available for transport costs, e.g. bus fares


Please email us!

This film club is hosted by Aunty Social CIC, with youth worker support from the Magic Club and film tutors from Blackpool School of Arts (Film Studies). Our activity venue is The Old Electric

This is a British Film Institute Film Club. This project is supported by the BFI and funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Short Film Showcase

12pm – 2pm, Sunday 17 March, Pavilion

Come and join other film creatives as we screen each other’s work in front of a live audience.
Get great feedback and network with other amateurs and professionals.
Free, drop-in (no ticket required).
In collaboration with B&FC School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries.
Do you want some feedback on your short film?
Well now’s your chance!
Please email a link to your film to or
Films must be 15 minutes or under, there are no other restrictions.
Creativity on all levels warmly welcomed.

Casting, Filming and Film Editing with B&FC School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries

Casting Workshops

12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday 16 March 2019
Tickets: £2

Always wanted to try your hand at starring in a film?

Never had the time or training to explore the ways to get there?

Come along and join Scott Mines of Level Four Productions (in collaboration with B&FC School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries) as he takes you through why he likes to work with untrained talent, the audition exercises he runs when casting for films and live shows, and what you can do to take your first steps into the world of acting in Short Films.

This session is suitable for anyone with a love for the world of film and media, especially those with a passion for acting for camera.

All experience levels and abilities welcome.

Workshops last approximately 1 hour.


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Filming Workshop

1pm Saturday 16 March 2019
Tickets: £2

Fancy yourself the next Annie Leibovitz, Tim Burton or Steven Spielberg?

Well then, let’s kick start your career and get you on your way!

This workshop will teach you all the basic skills you need to know to create great content. You’ll get hands on filming experience and a peek behind the scenes of what it really takes to work in the film industry.

This session is suitable for anyone who is interested in making films, especially those who want to learn useful film-making tips and tricks.

All experience levels and abilities welcome.

The workshop will last approximately 2 hours.


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Film Editing Workshop

4:30pm Saturday 16 March 2019
Tickets: £2

Have you ever wondered how a film is edited?

Or how each shot transitions from one to the next so smoothly that the viewer doesn’t even notice?
If you are interested in learning the basic editing skills such as; basic transitions, effects and shortcuts with the use of Adobe Premiere Pro, then come and join Imogen Bradley at 4pm Saturday 16th March for an interactive, hands-on editing workshop.

Workshop lasts approximately 1 hour.


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These workshops are in collaboration with B&FC School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries and will be run by students from the Digital Production and Filmmaking BA (Hons) course.

Ticket offer
Want to do all 3 workshops?
Just follow one of the above links and select the £5 ticket option for a place on 3 workshops:
  • Casting – 12pm
  • Filming – 1pm
  • Film Editing – 4pm


Film Masterclass on Producing and Directing with Brad James

A practical masterclass looking at ways to capture a sense of place. Brad will also offer guidance on the process of production, highlighting ways to establish a career in the field.

This session offers emerging film-makers a one-off opportunity to learn from an experienced Blackpool-based producer currently working in the industry.

There are 25 places available and it’s open to all, regardless of experience level.

This session is suitable for anyone with a love for the world of film and media, especially those with a passion for directing and producing.

Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
30 min break at 2:30pm

About Brad:
Born and raised in the small seaside town of Blackpool, Brad James was inspired by the bright lights and creativity the town had to offer. Having studied at the Westminster Film School in London and launched NOW TV for Sky Television, Brad went on to apply a unique cinematic aesthetic to produce commercials for the theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now back to his hometown, Brad has founded a production company called Lyceum Entertainment, dedicated to giving home-grown talent their first professional credit and their foot in the door of a competitive industry.

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