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Summer Camp

Applications for this year’s camp are now closed

The BYFA delivers activity packed Summer Camps in its regions around the production of a feature length film. The Summer Camp operates over five weeks during the summer holidays with full residential status, and out students are trained in a wide variety of skills in front of and behind the camera. Students are accommodated in buildings at the camp. Up to 300 students can be accommodated at any one time at each summer camp. During the week all meals are provided for students.

Feature films are produced every year to a high standard ready for distribution the following year. Key roles in making the film are all undertaken by the young people, guided by industry and educational professionals. BYFA has worked with a number of very successful and well known professional actors such as Brian Blessed, Todd Carty, Pauline Quirke, Chris Ellison, Alexei Sayle, Clive Mantle, David Yip, Hildergarde Neil, Gareth Hale, Norman Pace, Ray Lonnen, Ros Blessed, Richard Brimblecombe, Carol Harrison, Norman Lovett, Phil Cool, Susan Skipper, Joanna Bobin, Liam Tobin and Duncan Meadows.
As well as making a feature film, there is a series of acting and filmmaking workshops and an opportunity to create several short films too. Once completed and professionally distributed, the feature film is made available to purchase on DVD.

What people say about our camps-

“The BYFA has changed me in loads of ways. It has helped me build my confidence in acting skills- I found a lot of emotion in the workshops. Working behind the camera was the most amazing experience I have ever had. We were just like a happy family. If I had one wish it would be to do the experience over and over again’ Stephanie Simpson, Age 17, Actor.

“BYFA offers a unique opportunity for our students to participate in the making of a feature-length film. No-one else out there offers that!” Sarah Probert, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology.
“ I love being on set and really contributing to the production of the film. You get a massive rush when you see a scene come together.” Sam Roelich, age 21, 3rd Assistant Director.


BYFA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children/ young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. For any safeguarding enquiries, please contact [email protected]

How much is it?

Summer Camps are FREE* to all students who enrolled at courses at BYFA member institutions and costs between £425 and £850 for everyone else (UK only - different costs apply for non UK residents) , depending on how many weeks you wish to do.
*£20 registration fee applies to all applicants
Summer Camp 2016 is open for applications now.

Where is it?

In 2016, ALRA North will host the BYFA Summer Camp. This camp is open to students who attend all member institutions and to young people from outside our memberships who want to experience film making on a real live film set. Accommodation is provided for those attendees who require it but please note that accommodation is not provided from Friday to Monday and that students able to commute are expected to do so. Attendees should note that BYFA does not make travel arrangements.

When is it?

The Summer Camp will take place between Monday 18th of July and the 19th of August 2016 and run from Monday to Friday.

What skills does it cover?

A huge variety of skills and areas are covered by the many different departments throughout the Summer Camp.


Read about the departments involved

What Equipment do we use?

The equipment available will be project specific as technical demands vary from film to film. On past projects we have shot on 16mm, DV ProHD and RED cameras and utilised a vast array of lighting, grip and sound equipment so as to meet the demands of the films. All projects are edited on Final Cut Pro software.


Diversity and Eligibility

Summer Camps are open to anybody from 14-25 years. We guarantee an opportunity to actively participate in production for all students who apply. If you have any special requirements please get in touch in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements or adjustments [email protected]

Studying on Summer Camp

Activity on the Summer Camp can be used for assessment on certain courses and all students at BYFA complete evaluations relating to Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills.