Archive for August, 2014

BFI Film Academy 2015



Yorkshire teenagers with a passion for film are being offered the chance to sign up for a film school run by the country’s leading film institution, the British Film Academy.

BFI Film Academy Leeds, which runs for three months from January 2015, aims to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Students will gain invaluable skills working alongside industry professionals and one-to-one mentors who will guide, inspire and support in person and online.

The programme has a unique IT infrastructure allowing young filmmakers to collaborate, learn and ‘hangout’ with each other using Google Applications for Education. Participants will learn the necessary skills to make their own short films in Leeds during the February half-term, which will then be screened as part of the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival in April.

The course offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing to production, sound design, editing and camera, and learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture. Participants will also start building those all-important contacts, gain practical knowledge about different areas of the industry and get the inside track on funding, promoting, exhibiting and distributing their films.

Hotly tipped for future success in the film industry is Leeds teenager Gage Oxley, an alumnus of this year’s BFI Film Academy Leeds. Gage (17), who is currently completing production on his first feature film, Into Dust , says: “The Academy was not only a fantastic opportunity to make a film using top-of-the-range equipment and meet industry experts who gave real, not sugar-coated, advice: one of the greatest things it gave was the opportunity to meet people of the same age who are just as passionate about film as I am – not only great people to have helping on set, but genuine friendships and contacts have been made.

Zoe Naylor from BFI Film Academy Leeds says: “We’re thrilled to be running the third BFI Film Academy in Leeds. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people in the Yorkshire area with a passion for film wanting to pursue a career in the film industry. Students will have access to our excellent e-learning framework, which has been recognised by Trinity College London (which runs the Arts Award scheme) for its innovation and supportive mentoring. Previous students have found the course invaluable as a springboard for furthering their film-making.

Zoe adds: “Our admissions policy is very inclusive – so long as you’re committed, eager to learn and have substantially contributed to the making of at least one film already, just fill in the application form and send us a link to your film. We take at least 18 promising young filmmakers. Successful applicants will have shown outstanding promise in their film adventures to date. There’s a small nominal charge of £25 to join, but we won’t turn anyone away based on an inability to pay; bursaries are available – please ask!

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill: “The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture, Jobs & Skills at Leeds City Council, says: “Our city is the birthplace of film and I’m sure that Louis Le Prince, who developed the first cinema images here in Leeds in the late 1800s, would be thrilled to see our emerging film sector. Initiatives like this are a living memorial to Le Prince and will help to ensure a whole new generation of young people will experience and get excited by film.

Applications for the BFI Film Academy Leeds 2015 open on 1 September and close on 20 November 2014. Apply at or find out more here or by contacting Zoe at

For further media information, please call Zoe Naylor on 07977 458213 or email

Posted in General by / August 26th, 2014 / No Comments »

Richard Attenborough – A Tribute

Richard Attenborough 2The sad news broke yesterday that Richard Attenborough, aged 90, died on August 24th 2014 at his home in London.

He began his film career with an uncredited role in the 1942 film In Which We Serve. His breakthrough role came five years later in 1947, as Pinkie Brown in the film adaptation of Graham Green’s novel Brighton Rock. Over the next thirty years he was a stalwart of British cinema with early roles in comedies such as Private’s Progress in 1956 and I’m All Right Jack in 1959. His first major Hollywood blockbuster role, and most successful film to date, came in 1963 as RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in The Great Escape. In 1964 he portrayed the character of the Regimental Sergeant Major in the film Guns at Batasi, a role for which he was awarded the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1967 and 1968 he was awarded back-to-back Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle. By this time though Attenborough was diversifying his roles and the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place earned him rave reviews for his portrayal of serial killer John Christie. Again in 1977 he received great acclaim for his role as General Outram in The Chess Players. In 1979 he appeared in Otto Preminger’s adaptation of another Graham Greene novel, The Human Factor. This would be his last role until 1993 when he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park as the eccentric John Hammond. His last starring role was as Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

Attenborough’s career as producer and director began in the 1950s when he created the production company Beaver Films and began to produce films such as The League of Gentlemen, The Angry Silence and Whistle Down the Wind. His directorial debut came in 1969 with Oh! What a Lovely War but his breakthrough as director and producer came in 1982 with the film that he had been trying to make for the past eighteen years, Gandhi, for which he received Academy Awards for Best Director and also Best Picture. Gandhi also earned him two Golden Globe awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Film. He received two further Golden Globe nominations for Best Film for his 1985 film A Chorus Line and again in 1987 for his anti-apartheid drama based on the life of Steve Biko, Cry Freedom. In recent years his other projects as director and producer include the 1992 film Chaplin and Shadowlands in 1993.

In 1967 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1976 received the honour of Knight Bachelor. In 1993, in honour of his services to cinema, he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames.

In a career that has spanned sixty years Richard Attenborough has had a huge impact on the British film industry and will be remembered fondly by friends, fellow actors and film fans alike.

Posted in General by / August 25th, 2014 / No Comments »

Lauren Bacall – A Legend Dies


News broke in the early hours that legend of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall died on August 12th 2014 at her home in New York. Known for her husky voice and smouldering looks she launched to fame after starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in the classic film noir, To Have and Have not. Following this she had a string of starring roles with Bogart in other film noir classics such as The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. The pair famously married in 1945 when she was 20 and he was 45 and enjoyed a twelve year marriage together until he died in 1957. Bacall was a versatile actress though and as well as her film noir roles, she was also known for her comedy roles in films such as How To Marry A Millionaire, in which she starred with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman opposite Gregory Peck. She received a BAFTA nomination for her role in The Shootist opposite John Wayne and was nominated for an Academy Award for the film The Mirror Has Two Faces and in 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Award by the Academy “in recognition of her central place in the golden age of motion pictures.”

Lauren Bacall – the women who taught the world how to whistle: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and…blow.” – To Have and Have Not 1944.

Posted in General by / August 13th, 2014 / No Comments »

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival Industry Tickets On Sale

Industry tickets and programme are now for sale for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2014.

There are three strands to the Forum element of festival this year – fusion, festivals and form and day passes are available for the first time, as well as passes for the whole three days.

Click here for more information

Posted in General by / August 12th, 2014 / No Comments »

The Music Bed Wants To Fund Your Next Short Film

Got an idea for a short film that you’ve been dreaming about? The Music Bed wants to help you make it reality with #ProjectFilmSupply. More than $50,000 in prizes are on the table from brands like RØDE, Kessler, Freefly, Blackmagic and more.

Here’s how #ProjectFilmSupply works.

Step 1: For the entire month of August, we’ll ask the filmmaking community to submit a short film idea + mood board for the project they’ve always dreamed of creating.

Step 2: Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects.

Step 3: The Community + TMB will decide which three stories rise to the top and which one absolutely has to become a reality (the two runners up will receive loads of incredible prizes)

This is your chance to bring your dream project to life.

Click here for more information and to submit your film

Posted in General by / August 12th, 2014 / No Comments »

Robin Williams – A Tribute

220px-Robin_Williams_2011a_(2)Actor and comedian Robin Williams died on August 11th, 2014, at his home in California, aged 63. The exuberant actor rose to fame as the loveable alien Mork in the 1970s US sitcom Mork & Mindy, and later went on to have a prolific career both on stage and screen. He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his films Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet’s Society and The Fisher King and received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting. He is also well known for his role as the loveable Mrs Doubtfire.

Williams starred in three films that are yet to be released, Merry Friggin’ Christmas and Night at Museum: Secret of the Tomb  will be released later this year and Absolutely Anything to be released in 2015.

In the words of the loveable alien Mork, the world now bids a fond “Nanu Nanu” to Robin Williams.

Posted in General by / August 12th, 2014 / No Comments »
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