BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy

Commissioned by the Barbican in 2013, Eelyn Lee has designed a unique approach to devising and writing short screenplays. She has developed and delivered this intensive film-training course for 16-19 year olds for the past three years.

Each year students deconstruct and recreate a scene from a seminal British feature film before taking it through a series of 'flipping' exercises. Students are provoked to change elements in the scene such as location, gender & genre and explore how the changes impact character and story.

Through this fast and lively process many new ideas are born. Students are invited to take their favourite ideas and pitch a 90-second story premise which are voted on by their peers. The two most popular pitches are taken through a script development process before being produced by the students and screened at the Barbican's Focus Film Festival for young people.


Each year 18-20 aspiring young filmmakers work alongside Eelyn and filmmaker Winstan Whitter as well other industry professionals who visit as guest speakers and facilitators.

Over the three years Eelyn has chosen three British films to work from: Kes, The Third Man and Rear Window. In 2015 she broke from tradition and chose Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet to commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death. 

The BFI Film Academy seeks to develop the filmmakers of the next generation through hands on training programmes for 16-19 year olds across the country.

Watch Love You to Death, inspired by Rear Window below.

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