BFI Film Academy Returns for an Eighth Year – Applications Open – closing 22 Sept

Applications open for academies in Nerve Centre Derry-Londonderry, Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre and Amma Centre Armagh on August 4th.

By studying all aspects of film, mentored by award winning figures from the Screen Industries, BFI Film Academy is essential for any young person aged 16-19 years interested in working in the Screen Industries.

BFI Film Academy offers students an opportunity to work in teams to write, produce and direct original short films in an industry focused environment. Students complete masterclasses with guest professionals during the course to enhance their learning and gain an insight into the realities of working in film.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the academies will offer blended learning through online classes and in venue training sessions in adherence with government guidelines regarding Coronavirus.

BFI Academy students have previously attended talks with directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Cannes Film Festival winner Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Jon Baird (Filth), Damien O’Donnell (East is East, Inside I’m Dancing); Producers Greg Spence (Game of Thrones), Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People), Ivanna MacKinnion (Slumdog Millionaire), Brian Falconer (Ordinary Love, The Dig), directors Glen Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa (Ordinary LoveGood Vibrations) and writers Jeff Pope (Philomena) and Frank Cottrel Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People).

Participants that have completed the BFI Film Academy have gone on to work for Disney, BBC, HBO, Sky and RTE.

Students that have successfully completed the BFI Film Academy become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to Industry events and further training opportunities such as BAFTA Careers Surgery with BAFTA winning professionals in the film industry.

Students from BFI Film Academy also get an opportunity to attend specialist residential academies at the National Film & Television School, London and Liverpool, in cinematography, documentary production, script writing and animation.

BFI Film Academy is open to young people aged 16-19 with a strong commitment and interest in screen production. To be eligible, applicants must not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts and be able to commit to the duration of the course. The cost of the Academy is £25 refundable on completion of the programme. Travel bursaries are available to apply for to support attendance.

BFI Film Academy is supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday September 22 at 5pm

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