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ALRA is delighted to announce we will be hosting the British Youth Film Academy summer project at our Wigan campus.

BYFA produces outstanding films which provide an incredible experience for young actors/film makers and anyone interested in British film production. Last year ALRA students enjoyed a great summer working on the latest BYFA feature film.

For more information about the British Youth Film Academy please go to the main BYFA website here and the summer school information is here.

The Summer Camp

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 students are trained in a wide variety of skills in front of and behind the camera, 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.


ALRA and BYFA are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children/ young people. All staff and volunteers share this commitment.

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This short course is FREE* for all students of one of the BYFA member institutions courses.

For everyone else the fees are between £425 and £850 (UK only – different costs apply for non UK residents) and they depend on how many weeks you wish to attend.

*£20 registration fee applies to all applicants


The Summer Camp is hosted at ALRA North's facilities, The Mill at the Pier. For further info on our location, please click on the below image.

Mill at the Pier
Trencherfield Mill
Heritage Way

How to reach ALRA North

To know how the best solution to reach our facility in Wigan, please click here or use the below map.

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.


It will run for 5 weeks: from Monday to Friday.
18th July - 19th August 2016.

What we will cover

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

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Assistant Direction
  • Camera
  • Grip
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Boom Operator
  • Art
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Production
  • Continuity and script supervision
  • Post Production
  • Mentor

Read more about the departments involved

Equipment in use

The equipment available will be project specific as technical demands vary from film to film.
During our past projects we have shot on:

  • 16mm
  • DV ProHD
  • RED cameras

and also 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

This course is open to anybody from 14-25 years.
All students who apply will have an opportunity to actively participate in production.

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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.

  • YFA was such a good experience and so worthwhile. It's such a nurturing company and ensures you feel safe and confident on both sides of the work.

    I am currently graduating from East 15 Acting School with paid festival work already lined up!

    Every piece of experience you can grab is essential in this career and BYFA is a great starting point. It gives a real taste of what a film set and drama school are like.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!