Another Successful Year for BFI Film Academy Students

Another Successful Year for BFI Film Academy Students

Talented young filmmakers involved in Nerve Centre’s BFI Film Academy are currently shooting their final films following a successful 18-week programme which delivered a series of masterclasses, workshops and screenings with leading figures in the film industry.

Award-winning Irish director Damien O’Donnell (East is East, Inside I’m Dancing) hosted a ‘Directing for Screen’ masterclass, giving students the opportunity to try their hands at shooting some footage with his guidance and advice.

Greg Spence, executive producer on the hugely successful fantasy drama Game of Thrones, provided an insight into film and television production, and encouraged students to adopt the role for an afternoon in his Producing masterclass.


Graduates from the BFI Film Academy have also enjoyed subsequent industry success, with over 80% going on to study film production in third level education.

‘Participating in the BFI Academy gave me the opportunity to work directly with top filmmakers’ says former student Katie, who directed her own documentary, Face the Music, for the BBC True North Shorts Scheme. ‘This experience was invaluable and encouraged me to follow a career in film.’

Eoghan also took part in the Academy, adding ‘I’m currently on a six month placement as a Video Assist with Game of Thrones.

‘I learnt vital skills for film making through the BFI and if it wasn’t for completing the programme at the Nerve Centre, I just wouldn’t have the confidence or skills necessary for such a demanding job.’

A number of students are also attending this year’s BFI Specialist Residential programmes in scriptwriting, animation, directing and cinematography.

The BFI Film Academy was recently awarded an Industry and Education award from Creative & Cultural Skills recognising its success in connecting students of film education with leading industry figures. Creative & Cultural Skills is the leading voice for youth employment within Britain’s creative and cultural industries.

BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre offers a unique opportunity to young people already studying Moving Image Arts at higher level; to participate in a skills-based academy of workshops and masterclasses delivered by industry professionals.

For further information on the BFI Film Academy email Eavan King; e.king@nervecentre.org.

The BFI Film Academy showcase will take place as part of this year’s Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival which takes place from 4 - 15 April 2016.

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