Steven Spielberg

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

Steven Spielberg

After-School Filmmaking Workshops

Wednesday Academy: 4:45pm to 6:45pm and Friday Academy: 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Filmmaking is exciting and fun, and students at the Weekly Film Academy gain skills which can be applied to all walks of their life, not just in making films.

Our team of film industry professionals will encourage students to explore their creativity, build their confidence, work collaboratively and develop new skills such as planning and organising. Each term varies in content; over a period of weeks you could be performing on camera as an actor, or learning camera crew skills, or scriptwriting from idea to final draft, or editing, on Final Cut Pro using the latest iMacs.

In keeping with the collaborative nature of filmmaking, all students participate in all workshops, not just their preferred choice, giving them a wide and complete knowledge base, and they will be making a variety of films throughout the year.


Membership fees are £88 per month in advance, payable September through to May (the Academy runs until mid June each year).

Memberships to Wednesday and Friday Academies are currently closed. However, if your child is aged 9-12 please contact the Academy through the Contact page as there are a few spaces remaining on both days.
If your child is age 13 or 14, again please contact the Academy through the Contact page as there may be space on the Wednesday Academy. The 15 and over group is full.
Both teen age groups on a Friday are full.

The normal venue for The Film Academy is Edinburgh College on Milton Road East. However, until phase 4 of the lifting of restrictions is actioned, The Film Academy is running at Norton Park Conference Centre at 57 Albion Road. For more information please use the Contact Us form. (Please do not contact Edinburgh College re The Film Academy, use our contact page.)


Cost of the Film Academy year

The Film Academy runs between September and June each year, and the cost of membership is spread over the year.

Membership is £88 per month, to be paid monthly in advance by direct debit subscription, subject to the Terms & Conditions.

The number of months payable is dictated by when the student enrolls.

Students start at the Film Academy on either the Wednesday or Friday following receipt of their first subscription.

A minimum membership of 2 months applies.

What You Get

  • Experienced film industry professionals.
  • Acting-for-camera, scriptwriting, production skills and post production editing (content varies weekly).
  • Use of professional grade camera production equipment.
  • The latest iMacs with Final Cut Pro X editing software.
  • Industry standard workshop spaces and studios.
  • Bi-annual screenings of students’ work.
  • A regular once a month film club (from 2019).
  • Entry of students’ work into film festivals at home and internationally.
  • An ongoing record of progress in filmmaking training.


The Film Academy Edinburgh has hired and will run all workshops in the professionally equipped spaces in the Cre:8 building of Edinburgh College’s Milton Road campus (Please note this is not the mailing address of the Film Academy).


The weekly, term-time Film Academy starts in September. Wednesday start on 11th September and Fridays start on 13th September, and run until December 11th and 13th respectively.

We start back after the new year on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th January.

We will break for the Easter holidays (dates TBC) and finish the year with a showcase of student work on Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th June.

Each set of workshops last two hours in total, with separate workshops for 9-12s and 13-18s.

Numbers are limited to 16 per group.

Weekly Film Academy: Course overview

Kids make films at The Film Academy!

Our aim is to develop young, creative minds, giving them independence and confidence to problem solve, and to work effectively and productively with others using the magic and excitement of filmmaking.

It is the ultimate team activity, and students work collaboratively in a creative environment with a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on experience, progressively developing their skills to produce a body of work each year.

Finished films are screened at a special showcase event on the last day of the Film Academy year in June each year