Leeds Young Film is passionate about the benefits of using film, both making and watching, within school and is currently working with Into Film on a range of CPD offers for both primary and secondary schools.


Improving Literacy Through Film CPD

Working alongside Beta FilmWorks and an independent education consultant, LYFF has launched a year-long programme for primary school teachers to improve literacy at KS1-6 using film in the classroom.

This year-long programme is aimed at Literacy and Computing subject leaders and all practitioners with an interest in using film more effectively in the classroom. The programme guarantees improvement in:

  • Attainment;
  • Speaking and listening, reading and writing;
  • Attendance & behaviour;
  • Teachers’ planning and delivery (resulting in higher Ofsted judgements for those involved);

The course will include relevant film and literacy research, the impact of film education on literacy learning, activities to support filmmaking, how to measure and document progress and planning for next steps. It runs from the Autumn Term 2015 to the end of the Summer Term 2016 comprising:

  • Three face to face training days – introducing strategies and practical activities to improve literacy using film and filmmaking, collaborative planning, sharing outstanding practice;
  • An interim school visit from a course leader;
  • celebration event at a local cinema for the schools involved in the programme;
  • Ongoing access to online resources with the opportunity to share planning and ideas.

Please email for more information or visit

“This program has been brilliant. It has given another focus to the teaching of English and has invigorated the pupils in both reading and writing. Our reading assessments, in particular, have shown accelerated progress. We will continue to use the program’s strategies in school and cascade it to other staff as an example of good practice.”

Gillian Young, Headteacher, Rosebank Primary School, Leeds

We are also running FREE introductory sessions around using film to support literacy attainment. If you are interested, please email

Leeds Film Academy


Delivered as a partnership between Leeds Young Film, Beta Filmworks and Access Moving Image, the BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire a broad appreciation of film culture. Participants will get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from films such Wedding Belles, 4 Lions and We Are Poets and hear from others involved in TV shows such as Humans, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Emmerdale.

The programme is accredited and participants can obtain either a Silver Arts Award or an NCFE Level 2 Award in ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’.

Over the last four years nearly 70 young people have completed the course and many Film Academy alumni have successfully furthered their careers in film. Gage (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014) has since made his first feature film which premiered during Leeds International Film Festival, Rebecca (BFI Film Academy graduate 2012) won a student RTS Award and Molly (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014) gained a place on the Film Academy residential at the NFTS (National Film and Television School), and then went on to work at the BFI Film Fund offices in London. Alfie (BFI Film Academy graduate 2012) won the AXA award for most talented newcomer, receiving £40,000 worth of equipment and mentoring.

“The Leeds BFI Film Academy scheme cemented my interest in filmmaking and made me sure I wanted to pursue film as a career. I had great fun on the course, and after completion gained a place on the Film Academy residential at the NFTS, and then went on to work at the BFI Film Fund offices in London. I am now acting as Producer’s Assistant on a feature film, giving me indispensable insight into the production process. I’d highly recommend the Leeds Academy to any young person who thinks they might want to pursue filmmaking in the future!” Molly (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014)

Entries are now closed for the 2016 programme, but will be open for 2017 in the Spring.



BFI Film Academy Leeds Flyer 2016