BFI FILM ACADEMY: FILMMAKING AND SCREENWRITING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG FILMMAKERS WHO WANT TO BE THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE INDUSTRY, LIVING IN CUMBRIA AND NORTH LANCASHIRE AGED 16 – 19 YEARS OLD.
Signal Film and Media are selected providers and partners for the British Film Institute’s National Film Academy. The BFI Film Academy is a National scheme that aims to identify, nurture, celebrate and showcase the next generation of British film industry talent and give young people who are passionate about film the opportunity to harness and develop their skills needed to construct a career path in filmmaking.
The course, now in it’s 4th year, offers young people aged 16-19 from Cumbria and North Lancashire the opportunity to write, shoot, edit and promote their own short film. Successful applicants will learn from top film industry professionals. Learning through one-to-one support, masterclasses and mentored time in their chosen specialism.
Short films made during the previous academies have been screened at local film festivals, aswell as receiving international praise. Their 2014 film ‘Driven’ won the 18-25s AES Cinemagic Young filmmaker Competition, in Belfast and was shortlisted for ‘Best Newcomer’ at Portobello Film Festival in London. ‘Driven’ will be shown at this years Grimmfest in Manchester, in October, which is listed as one of the top 40 genre film festivals internationally.
Watch the films and APPLY HERE www.signalfilmandmedia.co.uk/filmacademy
The workshops take place outside of school and college times. The main programme starts on Tuesday 20th October; deadline for applying is 6th October and runs through to December. This year there is an added screenwriting workshop for keen writers, during these two added sessions a select number of participants will get to learn how to write ready for the big screen and come up the overall idea for the BFI film with local writer Zosia Wand and Director Matt Pamler, deadline for this opportunity is 14th September. All sessions will take place at Signal’s base – Cooke’s Studios, 104 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness. Participants will also gain UCAS points through the NFCE scheme during the course.
DEADLINE for applications to the main programme is 10am Tuesday 6th October 2015. For those wanting to apply for the additional screenwriting opportunity the deadline is 10am Monday 14th September 2015. Applications are only open to young people aged 16-19 living in Cumbria and North Lancashire. Unfortunately, you cannot apply to take part if you have been a participant on any previous academy.