BFI Film Academy Opens At Nerve Centre

BFI Film Academy Opens At Nerve Centre

The Nerve Centre is seeking committed, talented young people aged between 16 and 19 years to be a part of its BFI Film Academy 2013/14 Network Programme.
 
This is a unique opportunity for students already studying Moving Image Arts at higher level to participate in a skills-based academy of workshops and masterclasses delivered by industry professionals.This is the first year that the BFI Film Academy will be delivered in Northern Ireland. 
 
Launching the initiative, Director of Education at the Nerve Centre John Peto said: 'This is a great opportunity for some of the most promising young filmmakers in Northern Ireland to learn from some of the best in the business here and to connect in to a wider network of young talent through the British Film Institute. The Nerve Centre is delighted to partner with the BFI in bringing this important project to the North West.'
 
As a BFI Film Academy participant, students will get a valuable opportunity to work directly with filmmakers and take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops with a focus on a range of film disciplines including producing, directing, cinematography, sound and editing. The course is accredited, with students gaining a Silver Arts Award upon successful completion.
 
During 18 weeks of training, young local filmmakers will develop their skills in all areas of filmmaking from script to screen; produce their own short film and hear industry experts top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry. Students will also get essential practice in developing and pitching ideas and producing their own work. Academy students will also watch and discuss films from around the world and learn more about distribution, film-festivals and programming.
 
Led by industry experts, the BFI Film Academy courses cover every area of the film industry, enabling young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Now in its second year, the BFI Film Academy is building on previous success to extend its reach across the UK into Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. This is the first year that Northern Ireland has been involved in the BFI Academy and the Nerve Centre is one of 38 delivery partners across the UK to offer this programme. 
 
The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five-year plan to support the future success of UK film. Its funding partners include the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m for the programme, with the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen this year working with the BFI to take the Academy to every nation of the UK. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme. 
 
BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill commented: 'The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK'.  
 
The programme begins in October 2013 and will run for 18 weeks until February 2014. As part of the programme in the Nerve Centre, participants get an opportunity to attend a residential intensive programme at the prestigious National Film and Television School. 
 
The NFTS will deliver an intensive two week residential craft skills course, to be held during the Easter break in 2014 for up to 70 young people, featuring masterclasses from leading film industry figures and offering students practical experience of using high-tech, industry-standard equipment. 
 
Last year’s participants benefitted from masterclasses from leading British talent including directors Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), Ken Loach (The Angels’ Share, The Wind That Shakes The Barley), and Asif Kapadia (Senna), actor Riz Ahmed (Four Lions), and Bond production executive, Anthony Waye, and were taken on insider tours of facilities including Pinewood Studios and the BFI National Archive and received masterclasses, career surgeries and one-to-one mentoring support from industry professionals courtesy of BAFTA. 
 
After completing their BFI Film Academy courses, young people progress to a range of opportunities, including apprenticeships and employment in the film sector and further learning through Higher Education. 
 
Project Coordinator Eavan King said: 'We are looking for talented and very committed young people who are already studying Moving image Arts at school to participate in this unique programme.  The Nerve Centre has a stellar track record in professional film production and education and this course brings together students and industry professionals in order to help young people interested in a career in the film industry to increase their skills, knowledge and know how. It is essential for any budding filmmaker serious about working in the industry and we’re delighted to be a delivery partner”.
 
For further information on the BFI Film Academy and to request an application form contact Eavan King at the Nerve Centre on 028 71267432 or e-mail: e.king@nervecentre.org
 
 
 
 
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