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

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