BFI Film Academy Returns to Bradford

 

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BFI and Reel Solutions to offer filmmaking courses to 16-19 year olds

 

There’s never been a better time to be a young filmmaker in Yorkshire keen on working in the region’s growing film industry. Teenagers from Yorkshire are being invited to sign up to the British Film Institute’s pioneering Film Academy which returns to Bradford again this autumn after a hugely successful first year in 2015. Delivered by Reel Solutions, along with key local partners including University of Bradford, Bradford College and National Media Museum, the BFI Film Academy starts on Saturday 8 October 2016 and will run on weekends and throughout the half-term holiday in October.

The course gives young people who are passionate about film the opportunity to develop practical film skills, commercial and cultural knowledge and ambition to forge a career in film whatever their background. Participants also have the opportunity to work towards gaining an NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, a qualification designed specifically by the British Film Institute and therefore recognised by the industry. The Academy includes masterclasses by leading film professionals covering key areas of the film industry such as producing, camera work, storytelling, casting, sound recording, editing, film exhibition and distribution.

Zoe Naylor from Reel Solutions says:

“We’re so pleased to be delivering another BFI Film Academy in Bradford and giving local teenagers the opportunity to do something that will support their careers in film. We believe in the next generation, their enthusiasm, their talent and their ambitions and feel hugely privileged to be able to help support and play a role in enabling their dreams by giving them the opportunity to engage with filmmaking processes and professionals from the UK film and TV industry. The Academies have seen some great results with alumni already securing jobs in film.”

Molly McGregor from Yorkshire, and a 2015 BFI Film Academy alumni, is already forging a successful career in film and recommends the Academy to other young people interested in a career in film:

“It helped greatly in cementing my understanding of how the film industry works and gave me confidence in my knowledge and my abilities. The Academy led to me gaining a place at the NFTVS residential and then a job at the Film Fund office – so I’m hugely grateful for the experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to start out in film!”

Molly secured a job as a runner at the British Film Institute’s Film Fund before getting her current role as Assistant to the Producer on Clio Barnard’s new film Dark River which was filming in the Yorkshire Dales and around Skipton earlier this summer, just one of the few dramas shooting in the region this year.

Others include: the 8-part TV drama about the early life of Queen Victoria, Victoria, which screens on ITV on Sunday 28 August 2016 and was filmed in new film studios, The Yorkshire Studios, at Church Fenton; the new screen adaptation of Swallows and Amazons (currently showing in cinemas); and multi BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright’s Brontes adaptation filming near Bradford. Future job prospects for staying in Yorkshire and contributing to its growing film, TV and gaming industries have never looked brighter.

The BFI Film Academy only costs £25 (bursaries are available for young people who might struggle to find the fee), and will provide up to 20 places for 16-19-year-olds not currently studying at university.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill says:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the BFI able to make a contribution to opening doors and offering opportunities for the next talented generation. We know how important it if for us to do this, to nurture and support the gifted and talented, wherever they are in the UK, because the future of our industry depends on them. The Academy has established itself as a gold standard training and development programme providing a spectacular springboard to careers in film and allied industries. This would not be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and all our partners, and the many individuals from the industry who enthusiastically share their experience and offer guidance to students.”

Applications to the BFI Film Academy Bradford are now open and close on Monday 19 September 11am. Details of how to apply can be found on either the Reel Solutions  or the British Film Institute’s website. There is also a flyer that can be downloaded here.

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Notes to editors

For further media information and additional images, please call Zoe Naylor on 07977 458 213 or email zoe@reelsolutions.uk

The BFI’s trailer for the BFI Film Academies around the UK, which features many of last year’s alumni from Bradford can be found here

About Reel Solutions:
Reel Solutions is a cultural agency, predominantly working in film. They deliver a range of projects as well as providing guidance and support to local, national and international cultural businesses, film agencies and festivals in the UK and Europe. Clients include the BFI, Into Film, the Independent Cinema Office, the National Media Museum and Cambridge Film Festival. Reel Solutions has run its own projects such as the annual Fantastique film festival in Derby and specialised cinema programmes at Dean Clough, Halifax and the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford.

About the BFI
The BFI is investing £26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19-year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI’s aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Introducing audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

The BFI is now a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

 

 

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