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The University of Birmingham, the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset have combined forces to create a free online course which looks at filmmaking theory and practice, and how they interact to produce good and even meaningful stories, helping you develop short films for digital platforms.

This free online course starts on 28 September.  Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Posted in General by / September 14th, 2015 / No Comments »

Bradford Gets New Film School for Teenagers

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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.

 

 

Posted in General by / September 4th, 2015 / No Comments »

Wes Craven – A Tribute

Wes CravenBorn: 2 August 1939
Died: 30 August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pioneer of the slasher genre of film, Wes Craven, died on Sunday 30 August 2015.

He began his career in film as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York and his early involvement with film involved editing and scriptwriting, predominantly in the pornographic film industry. His directorial debut came with the controversial film The Last House on the Left (1972), followed by The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and Swamp Thing (1982).

Craven recreated the teen horror genre of films with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), his best known film, in which he launched the career of Johnny Depp by giving him his first major film role and the Scream franchise of films.

Much of Craven’s work shared the common theme of reality, such as the consequences of dreams bleeding into real life in the Nightmare on Elm Street films, a man who struggles to distinguish between nightmare visions and reality in The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) and the self-aware Scream (1996) where characters reference other horror films in relation to their own situation. This was one of the first films to acknowledge that, in most cases, the audience knows more than the characters do about the pitfalls of horror films.

Although he is best known for his work in the horror genre, Craven directed two films that were outside of this with Music of the Heart (1999) and Paris, je t’aime (2006).

Craven will forever be remembered for the creation of one of the most iconic characters in the history of horror, that of Freddy Krueger – who will haunt our dreams forever.

 

 

Posted in General by / August 31st, 2015 / No Comments »

Children’s Film First Conference – Keynote Speakers Announced

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Children’s Film First Conference – Keynote Speakers Announced

 

The CFF conference is delighted to announce three key speakers in Brussels this September:

 

Boudewijn Koole – Director of ‘Kauwboy’

Julie Ward – Member of the European Parliament

Matteo Zacchetti – Creative Europe MEDIA Unit

 

Join them and fellow professionals working at cinemas and venues, film festivals, educationalists, teachers working with film, distributors, producers and academics at the CFF conference 23 & 24 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

 

Read more here.
 

 

Posted in General by / August 18th, 2015 / No Comments »

George Cole 1925 – 2015

George ColeBorn: 22 April 1925
Died: 6 August 2015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor George Cole has sadly died, aged 90.

After starting life as a butcher’s boy he soon landed a role with a touring musical and chose acting as his career.

His first film role was in Cottage to Let (1941) and became friends with Alistair Sim who served as his mentor with the pair appearing in 11 films together.

Cole also appeared with Laurence Olivier in The Demi-Paradise (1943) and Henry V (1944) and was the last surviving member of the large cast of the film.

He became well known to cinema-goers during the 1950s after appearing in films such as Scrooge (1951), The Green Man (1956) and Too Many Crooks (1959).

Cole is known for his role as Flash Harry in the St Trinian’s series of films including The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957), The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960) and The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1960).

Following his film career he is of course best known as the character Arthur Daley in the television series Minder (1979-1994).

 

Posted in General by / August 6th, 2015 / No Comments »

FLAMIN Productions: Applications Now Open

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Round 6 of FLAMIN Productions is currently open for applications. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 22 September 2015.

FLAMIN Productions is a unique two-stage commissioning scheme which goes beyond simply producing work – it is committed to nurturing talent and supporting innovative artists in their professional growth.

The only scheme of its kind in the UK, FLAMIN Productions commissions new, single screen works that are ambitious in premise and duration. From Ben Rivers to Laure Prouvost, the scheme has a history of supporting the brightest talents working in London, helping them produce works that represent a significant leap in their career.

This year, up to three projects will be commissioned with production support of £30,000 each, following an initial development period during which the selected artists will also receive a development bursary of £1,000 each.

For further details click here
 

Posted in General by / July 13th, 2015 / No Comments »

Omar Sharif 1932 – 2015

Omar SharifBorn: 10 April 1932
Died: 10 July 2015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are sad to hear that Academy Award nominated actor Omar Sharif has died, aged 83.

He began his acting career in 1954 with the Egyptian film Shaytan al-Sahra (Devil of the Sahara) and starred in over 20 Egyptian films. His first English language film, and breakthrough role that led to stardom, came with the role of Sharif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). This performance earned him the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.

Over the following years he starred in films such as Behold a Pale Horse (1964), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), Genghis Khan (1965), Funny Girl (1968), Mackenna’s Gold (1969), The Tamarind Seed (1974), Juggernaut (1974), Funny Lady (1975), Top Secret! (1984) and a cameo appearance in The Pink Panther Strike Again (1976).

Perhaps his best known role though was that of Dr. Yuri Zhivago in David Lean‘s 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago.

 

 

Posted in General by / July 10th, 2015 / No Comments »

The First Film – World Premiere

The First FilmDir. David Wilkinson 2015 110 mins GB (PG)
David Wilkinson, Ronald Harwood, Tom Courtenay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a building in Leeds a blue plaque reads as follows:

“Louis Aimé August (sic) Le Prince came to Leeds in 1866 where he experimented in cinematography. In 1888 he patented a one-lens camera with which he filmed Leeds Bridge from this British Waterways building. These were probably the world’s first successful moving pictures”

Director David Wilkinson has spent more than 30 years on a quest to prove that the first moving pictures were filmed by Louis Le Prince in Leeds in 1888. This documentary follows him on his journey, with fellow investigator, writer and producer Irfan Shah, as they talk to film experts and historians in an attempt to uncover the truth and hopefully have the word ‘probably’ removed from the blue plaque.

The First Film has its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 23 June, followed by a Gala Premiere at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds on 1 July before further screenings across the UK.

For further details visit the film website.

 

 

 

Posted in General by / June 22nd, 2015 / No Comments »

Sir Christopher Lee 1922 – 2015

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Sir Christopher Lee, screen legend best known for his roles as Dracula, has died aged 93.

He made his film debut in the Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors (1948) and appeared in Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952).

Lee’s first film with Hammer Film Productions was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) which led to a successful string of films with Hammer inducing Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), his last appearance as Dracula.

Outside of Hammer Lee appeared in other horror films including I, Monster (1971), The Creeping Flesh (1972) and his personal favourite The Wicker Man (1973).

Having missed out on the opportunity to play the title role in the Bond film Dr. No (1962), Lee jumped at the chance to play the role of Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

In more recent years he was known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

In response to being hailed as legendary, Lee himself joked “To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old“.

 

 

 

Posted in General by / June 11th, 2015 / No Comments »

Manchester Animation Festival Unveiled

 

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17 – 19 November 2015

 

Manchester Animation Festival Launches Call For Entries For Its Inaugural Event.

 

A brand new festival has unveiled its intention to unite the international animation community in the city of Manchester. With dedicated animation festivals in short supply in the UK The Manchester Animation Festival will provide a three day extravaganza of animation in November 2015.

 

The Manchester Animation Festival has called for entries for its inaugural event. The festival will be hosted at HOME, the newly opened cross arts venue in the heart of Manchester’s First Street complex.

 
Categories in competition at the festival include:

  • Short Films
  • Graduation Film
  • Films by Children

 

Entries can be submitted through the newly launched website and submissions will be taken until the 15 August 2015 deadline.

 

As well as short films in competition the three day festival will present animated feature films, retrospectives, master classes, workshops, national and international director screen talks and Q&As as well as panel discussions giving a broad and dedicated insight into the animation industry.  The festival will also partner with Manimation (Manchester’s Animation Conference) which will be running alongside the festival on 18 & 19 November.

 

Manchester Animation Festival co-director Deb Singleton said “It just makes sense to hold a festival dedicated to animation in a city with such a rich heritage and booming industry like Manchester, with dedicated animation festivals in the UK in short supply and the brand new arts venue HOME opening in the city we now have the perfect opportunity to celebrate this fantastic art form

 
Tickets for the event will be on sale later this year but you can keep up to date with the festival development via the websiteFacebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

Posted in General by / June 8th, 2015 / No Comments »
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