ARE YOU 16-19 & PASSIONATE ABOUT BEING PART OF THE FILM INDUSTRY in 2017? – LET US KNOW – WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Signal Film & Media is part of the UK Network of BFI Film Academies, which offers young people the chance to be part of our future film industry. And it’s all FREE.
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In 2016 we looked for 18 of our areas most promising young filmmakers to take part in a free 3-month filmmaking project. They:
- Met Industry professionals who mentored them in different aspects of film making
- Were part of a crew that made a top quality short film which will be screened at HOMEmcr and entered into film festivals
- Worked towards a Creative Skillset award: NCFE Level 2
- Watched some great short and feature films and find out more about how they were made
- Are being guided through their next career steps
QUALIFICATION: By applying for this course they worked towards gaining a Creative Skillset qualification to helped get feet through the door of a filmmaking career. Students can then progress with a range of different options such as a variety of BFI Summer Schools, residential or short courses.
DATES: the main programme ran from Tuesday 18th October to 12th December 2016 and was free to take part. There were 18 places and those selected will be expected to attend all the dates (full schedule detailed in the application form). We are hoping to have a new season begin again in 2017, so please feel welcome to register early interest now.
BURSARIES: The course is free but bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. For more information about who can apply for bursaries follow the link at the bottom of the page. You should complete this form on the first day of attending the programme.
ELIGIBILITY: You must be 16-19 from the start of the programme. You should be living in Cumbria or North Lancashire and not have taken part in a past BFI Film Academy. You are not eligible if you are on a university course.
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR NOW… Check back in July 2017!
If you are interested in applying for our next years Academy then contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01229 838592 (start the email with the heading: BFI 2017 Applicant)
PAST BFI FILM ACADEMY PROJECTS
BFI Film Academy 2015
Film Made – Welcome to Ravenscroft High, 7mins 30secs
This was Signal’s 4th year running the BFI Film Academy in Barrow-in-Furness. We’ve delivered a 10-week long intense filmmaking course to 18 young people aged 16-19. Most participants came from Barrow and it’s surrounding areas, but some participants joined us from as far away as Preston and Lancaster.
Ravenscroft High stars Ciara Baxendale (E4, My Big Fat Diary) and rising star Charlotte Dowson (Ordinary Lies). TV director Eddy Marshall (Holby City, Hollyoaks) came along as one of our fantastic Industry mentors.
Filmmaking Mentors:Stephanie Bryant, Matt Palmer, Emma Dalesman, Rob Walker, Kev Todd, Ness Wilson, Rachel Capovila, Karen Bird, Zosia Wand (Scriptwriting mentor)
BFI Film Academy 2014
Film Made – Autumn Veil, 8mins
This was Signal’s 3rd year running the BFI Film Academy in Barrow-in-Furness. We’ve delivered a 10-week long intense filmmaking course to 17 young people aged 16-19. Most participants came from Barrow and it’s surrounding areas, but some participants joined us from as far away as Preston and Lancaster.
This tender short film, ‘Autumn Veil’ is a coming of age story about a troubled teenager whose chance encounter with a kind stranger marks a turning point in his life. The film stars Niek Versteeg, rising young star of teen TV series Wolfblood. It also stars Alfred Hoffman as Hobie, who’s successful career in film and TV includes feature film ‘Caregiver’.
One of our trainees went on to gain a place at the extremely competitive BFI Talent Campus, a residential filmmaking programme working with top industry professionals at the National Film and Television School. Another participant went onto a VFX course through the BFI in Amersham.
Filmmaking Mentors: Matt Palmer, Emma Dalesman, Rob Walker, Ness Wilson, May Davies, Rachel Capovila, Karen Bird, Stephanie Bryant, Zosia Wand (Scriptwriting mentor)
Autumn Veil, 8mins
Autumn Veil – Behind the Scenes, 5.31mins
- Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
BFI Film Academy 2013
Film Made – Driven, 6mins
18 budding young filmmakers were mentored by Industry professionals through a programme of filmmaking and film education events from October 2013 through to March 2014. The project culminated with the group writing, crewing and editing a short pyschological thriller film during October half term. The film was premiered at a special showcase & BFI Career surgery event at FACT and screened locally alongside Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror, The Shining, at Cooke’s Studios, Barrow-in-Furness.
12 of our participants gained Silver Arts Award, 1 gained Bronze.
2 of our trainees went on to gain places at the extremely competitive BFI Talent Campus, a residential filmmaking programme working with top industry professionals at the National Film and Television School.
Filmmaking Mentors: Matt Palmer, Nicola Daley, Jack Coghill, May Davies, Melissa Rogers, Rachel Capovila
Driven – Behind the Scenes, 5mins
- GRIMMFEST, Manchester’s Festival of Fantastic Films, 2015, Official Selection
- Northern Exposure Short Film Competition, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, July 2014, nominated
- Portobello Film Festival, Pop Up Cinema, London, September 2014, nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’
- The AES Cinemagic Young filmmaker Competition, Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast, November 2014, winner of the 18-25s
- Cumbria Short Film Competition, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, November 2014, winner of the Under 18 original screenplay category and winner of the AUDIENCE AWARD
BFI Film Academy 2012
Film Made – Noted, 6mins
9 young people at Signal worked with Industry professionals through a programme of filmmaking and film education events and workshops on Saturdays throughout January and February. The project culminated with the group writing, crewing and editing a short film during February half term, followed by programming a feature film to screen alongside their short in a celebration event at Cooke’s Studios.
8 of our participants gained Silver Arts Award.
3 of our trainees went on to gain places at the extremely competitive BFI Talent Campus, a residential filmmaking programme working with top industry professionals at the National Film and Television School.
Filmmaking Mentors: Karen Bird, May Davies, Jack Coghill, Ness Wilson
Noted – Behind the Scenes, 3mins