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BFI Skills Cluster Training

BFI Skills Cluster Training


Train to fill skills gaps in the UK film and TV industry.


The BFI is awarding £9.6 million from The National Lottery, over three years, to support screen production, workforce development and training across six ‘clusters’ in the UK. As part of the Metro London Skills Cluster (London, Hertfordshire, Surrey, and Buckinghamshire), in partnership with Film London, the NFTS will be running a variety of free sessions to inspire you and develop your creativity!

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"Radical change is needed to address current skills shortages and to retain and train those already working in the sector."

Harriet Finney
Deputy CEO of the BFI

We offer a variety of Bootcamps and Taster Days – dates for which you can find below.

In the coming months, we will also be running Shepperton Studios short courses – dates to be confirmed. Please sign up on the Pinewood Group website to receive updates.


Places Available: 30 | Age range: 18+ | Experience: Entry Level | Duration: Two days (Fri-Sat)

Aimed at new entrants, the 2-day Bootcamps will run bi-monthly and are delivered by Joseph A. Adesunloye, an award winning British-Nigerian screenwriter and director, who will offer up a unique insight into the fundamentals of the film and TV industries. 

Discover the thrilling possibilities that await in the film and television industry. Our Bootcamp workshops are designed to spark your passion and ignite your creativity. Whether you dream of directing, designing, or captivating audiences through your work, these workshops are your first step toward making cinematic dreams a reality, with sessions including:

Director's Cut: Ready to command the set?
Cinematic Wonders: Are you the visionary behind the lens?
Design Dreams: Does world-building fascinate you?
Soundscapes Unleashed: Love the magic of sound?
Editing Enchantment: Are you a puzzle master?
Lights, Camera, Production! Are you the next whizz producer?  

September Bootcamp

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 September
Apply by: Thursday 22 August (midnight).




Places Available: 20 | Age range: 18+ | Experience: Entry Level | Duration: 1 day (Saturday)

Taster Days will be dedicated to a different specialism, from Directing to Model Making with a focus on industry skills gaps and shortages.


Overall there are six nationwide BFI Skills Clusters and our programme is strictly limited to residents of London, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire only.

Content Tabs

Makeup, Hair and SFX 

We will be recreating a Viking battle scene, discussing researching, prepping and the logistics of getting hundreds of Vikings ready for the shooting day. There will be a live demonstration using hair, makeup and SFX to create this authentic character for the pre-battle scene and then changing the same character for post battle. Demonstrating the application of injuries, mud, blood, sweat and tears. You will have the opportunity to try out some of the SFX techniques - not for the faint hearted!

Apply by: Thursday 25th July (midnight).


Indie Game Development

With freely available tools and game engines, making games has never been easier. Yet games development remains a multi-disciplinary undertaking that can seem daunting to take on and has as such been identified as an area of skills shortage

In this session we will demystify the games development process by looking at the various hats small indie development teams have to juggle.

Apply by: Thursday 25th July (midnight).



Terms and conditions:

Bootcamps/Taster days: please note that places are limited and an application does not guarantee your place.  
Funded by National Lottery funding this training addresses industry skills shortages and supports skills development and training across London, Hertfordshire, Surrey, and Buckinghamshire, and priority will be given to those from underrepresented areas.

If you have any questions or need to contact us regarding your application please email 

Provided with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery and in partnership with Film London.