BFI Film Academy 2017 at Nerve Centre

BFI Film Academy 2017 at Nerve Centre

Are you 16-19?  Studying MIA? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?

If so, the BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre is for you!

Now in it’s fifth year, this highly successful, industry focused film programme has mentored over 80 young people towards a career in the film industry. By studying all aspects of film and having award winning professionals as mentors, successful students have gone on to study,  train and work in the film industry in Northern Ireland and further afield.

As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment
  • You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • You will gain an industry recognised qualification Level 2 Preparing To Work In The Film Industry through NCFE
  • You will work on teams towards a practical film-based, either individually or as part of a team

BFI Film Academy offers students an opportunity to work in teams to write, produce and direct original short films in an industry focused environment. Students complete masterclasses with guest professionals during the course to enhance their learning and gain an insight into the realities of working in film. 

BFI Academy students have previously attended talks with directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Cannes Film Festival winner Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Damien O’Donnell (East is East, Inside I’m Dancing), Producers Greg Spence (Game of Thrones), Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People) and writer Frank Cottrel Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People).

Local success stories and experience play a huge part in the BFI Film Academy at Nerve Centre with masterclasses in directing, cinematography, sound and editing and career progression previously delivered by BAFTA winner Mark McCauley (Children of War), BAFTA winning Sound Designer Eddy Joseph (Casino Royale, Pink Floyd’s The Wall) BIFA Award winning director Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist), BAFTA winning  and Oscar nominated producer Brian Falconer (Boogaloo & Graham) and editor Andrew Tohill (Road). 

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The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy is £25 which is refundable upon successful completion of the course and qualification. Bursaries could also be made available if you require assistance with travel, childcare or other costs.

Applications are now open and closing date for registration is Friday 15 September 2017. BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre runs weekly from Thursday 28 September 2017 to Thursday 1 February 2018.

Candidates will be required to attend ALL Academy dates which include weekly evening session from 5pm – 8.30pm and some Saturdays and Sundays to facilitate industry masterclasses and film shoots.

Thurs 28 September 2017 5pm–8.30pm

Sat 30 September 2017 11am–4pm

Thurs 5 October 2017 5-8.30pm

Thurs 12 October 2017 5-8.30pm

Thurs 19 October 2017 5-8.30pm

Sat 21 & Sun 22 October 2017 10am–3pm

Thurs 26 October 2017 5-8.30pm

Thurs 2 November 2017 5-8.30pm

Thursday 9 November 2017 5-8.30pm

Thurs 16 November 2017 5-8.30pm

Sat 18 November & Sunday 19 November 2017 11am–4pm

Sat 25 November 2017 11am–4pm

Thursday 30 November 2017 5-8.30pm

Thursday 7 December 2017 5-8.30pm

Thursday 14 December 2017 5-8.30pm

Thursday 4 January 2018 5-8.30pm

Saturday 6 January 2018 10am–5pm

Sunday 7 January 2018 10am–5pm

Thursday 11 January 2018 5-8.30pm

Saturday 13 January 2018 11am–4pm

Thursday 18 January 2018 5-8.30pm

Thursday 25 January 2018 5-8.30pm

Thursday 1 February 2018 5-8.30pm

Friday 9 February 2018 5-8pm

To apply complete the following application form and e-mail Sharon Tosh at: -

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What others say about the BFI Film Academy: 

'I gained experience 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 had the confidence or skills necessary for such a demanding job'. Eoghan, BFI Film Academy Graduate

'Film has always been my passion but up until finding a BFI Academy at the Nerve Centre, the thought of having a career in the industry was more of a dream than a possible reality. Through getting the chance to work on different film projects with the BFI Film Academy I have completely fallen in love with the art of filmmaking. I also completed a Specialist Residential in Documentary during the BFI Film Academy which was really invaluable.' Katie, BFI Film Academy Graduate

'A course like this is brilliant for someone like me as it gives you so much more opportunity to really get hands on experience in filmmaking as well as learning through masterclasses. The masterclasses are brilliant as we got to understand the meaning behind choices made in making film as well as hearing an industry professional telling you what the business is actually like rather than a teacher telling you what it could be like'. Edward, BFI Film Academy Graduate

'One student in particular has advanced immensely from being part of the BFI experience. As well as moving from a B to an A grade, she has been given amazing opportunities that a school based environment could not afford her. She took part in the BFI documentary residential week in London (where she has got herself loads of contacts and a possibility of an internship next year). The BFI academy has been amazing for her development'. MIA Teacher

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube

- Students that have successfully completed the BFI Film Academy become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to Industry events and further training opportunities such as BAFTA Careers Surgery with BAFTA winning professionals in the film industry.

- Students that have completed the BFI Film Academy have gone on to gain work experience on HBO’s Game of Thrones, at the award winning Ardmore Studios, created short films for the BBC True North programme and in short and feature film productions locally since graduating.

- Students from BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre have also attended BFI Specialist Residentials at the National Film & Television School; London and Liverpool in Cinematography, Documentary Production, Script Writing and Animation.

Residential courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. Students work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

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