AN INNOVATE course which aims to provide a kickstart for youngsters hoping to have a career in film is set to under way.

The BFI Film Academy ‘Get Inside Movies’ course, held by Bournemouth-based White Lantern Film, will give students the chance to get hands-on filmmaking experience and work alongside industry professionals.

The 2020/2021 initiate, to be delivered in COVID-secure conditions with the majority of sessions held online, also enables students to complete the NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ qualification.

Dan Pringle, course leader and film director, said: “The ‘Get Inside Movies’ course provides students with a valuable opportunity to learn practical film making skills and develop their creativity, right here in the south of England.

“As the course is funded by the BFI, it only costs students £25 to benefit from 50 hours of specialist training – and as the majority of the training is delivered at weekends, it’s easily managed alongside other courses or work commitments, too.”

Jack Sutton, a freelance editor from Bournemouth, attended the ‘Get Inside Movies’ course in 2016/2017. He said: “I loved to make movies as a kid and although I took Film Studies in college, that was mainly theory based. I learned a lot through the ‘Get Inside Movies’ course, mainly the physical process of making a film and the steps necessary to organising a successful shoot. This knowledge helped me get accepted onto the BBC Production Apprenticeship Scheme.”

The Bournemouth BFI Film Academy ‘Get Inside Movies’ course, delivered by White Lantern Film, is open for applications from 16 to 19-year-olds living anywhere in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.

The course begins on December 6, with the opportunity for students to join up until the December 10 and attend a ‘catch up’ session if required.

For more information and to apply, visit