Bradford Gets New Film School for Teenagers




Bradford is one of only a handful of cities in the UK to gain a prestigious new film school for teenagers this autumn.

The BFI Film Academy Bradford has been created under the latest round of funding from the Department of Education, and teenagers in the area with a passion for film are being offered the chance to sign up for the school from the British Film Institute, the UK’s leading organisation for film.


It will be delivered by Yorkshire cultural consultancy and film specialists Reel Solutions with key local partners the National Media Museum, Bradford City of Film and the University of Bradford. The course includes sessions with top industry names and gives participants the unique opportunity to gain an NCFE qualification in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.


The Academy, which runs throughout October and November 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 film career a reality. Participants will work alongside industry professionals to make a short film which will then have a world premier at the National Media Museum and also be screened on Big Screen, the large public screen in City Park, Bradford.


Zoe Naylor from Reel Solutions says:

We’re thrilled to be delivering a BFI Film Academy in Bradford for the first time after establishing and delivering one in Leeds for the last three years. Reel Solutions has special ties to Bradford – many of our team have worked at the National Media Museum in the past and were also instrumental in the initial bid to achieve Bradford’s UNESCO status as City of Film.


Nikki Christie, BFI Head of Education and Skills, says:

At the BFI we believe that while talent is everywhere, opportunity isn’t – the BFI Film Academy is designed to address that.


David Wilson from Bradford City of Film says:

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Reel Solutions to help delivery of the BFI Film Academy in Bradford.

Applications open on Monday 7 September and close on 28 September 2015. Click here for more details of the course.

Read the full press release here: Bradford FA press release 2015

For further media information, please email Zoe Naylor.



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