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2015 BFI Film Academy Present Their Short Film

We are pleased to announce that our 16-19 BFI Film Academy filmmakers have finished their film ‘Autumn Veil’.

17 budding young filmmakers from across Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and North Lancashire have been working hard, taking part in training covering every film industry role from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera. Our participants went on to write, direct, edit and produce their own short film working with film industry mentors and professional actors.

Our youngsters were introduced to the process of script-writing which was delivered by local acclaimed writer Zosia Wand and director Matt Palmer (Director of Gasman). The scriptwriting sessions led to the final shoot, which took place at Ford Park Community Garden.

This is our 3rd year running our BFI Film Academy, a filmmaking training programme led by The British Film Institute and delivered by various regional facilitators around the UK. We are one of three North West training providers for the BFI and our aim is to harness young filmmaking talent interested in a real career in the film industry.

Autumn Veil is a coming of age story about a troubled teenager whose chance encounter with a kind stranger marks a turning point in his life. The film stars Niek Versteeg, rising young star of teen TV series Wolfblood, who has also featured in Waterloo Road and Inspector George Gently. It also stars Alfred Hoffman as Hobie, who’s successful career in film and TV includes feature films such as ‘Caregiver’, and TV series such as the BBC productions, ‘The Hour’ and ‘Daniel Deronda’ as well as acting in London’s West End and on Broadway, New York.

BFI’s head of education and skills, Nikki Christie spoke about the impact the network has already had in guiding young people to find suitable routes into film making, as one graduate of the course is now working as third assistant directors of feature films, while many others have been accepted onto film production university courses.

‘Autumn Veil’ has been screened at FACT in Liverpool and at Signal’s cinema in Barrow-in-Furness.

To find out how you could get involved in the ext BFI Film Academy click here or contact Steph Bryant on 01229 838592