Leeds Film Academy
DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILM INDUSTRY TALENT
Delivered as a partnership between Leeds Young Film, Beta Filmworks and Access Moving Image, the BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.
The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire a broad appreciation of film culture. Participants will get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from films such Wedding Belles, 4 Lions and We Are Poets and hear from others involved in TV shows such as Humans, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Emmerdale.
The programme is accredited and participants can obtain either a Silver Arts Award or an NCFE Level 2 Award in ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’.
Over the last four years nearly 70 young people have completed the course and many Film Academy alumni have successfully furthered their careers in film. Gage (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014) has since made his first feature film which premiered during Leeds International Film Festival, Rebecca (BFI Film Academy graduate 2012) won a student RTS Award and Molly (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014) gained a place on the Film Academy residential at the NFTS (National Film and Television School), and then went on to work at the BFI Film Fund offices in London. Alfie (BFI Film Academy graduate 2012) won the AXA award for most talented newcomer, receiving £40,000 worth of equipment and mentoring.
“The Leeds BFI Film Academy scheme cemented my interest in filmmaking and made me sure I wanted to pursue film as a career. I had great fun on the course, and after completion gained a place on the Film Academy residential at the NFTS, and then went on to work at the BFI Film Fund offices in London. I am now acting as Producer’s Assistant on a feature film, giving me indispensable insight into the production process. I’d highly recommend the Leeds Academy to any young person who thinks they might want to pursue filmmaking in the future!” Molly (BFI Film Academy graduate 2014)
Entries are now closed for the 2016 programme, but will be open for 2017 in the Spring.