BFI Film Academy Opens at the Nerve Centre

BFI Film Academy Opens at the Nerve Centre

The acclaimed BFI Film Academy programme at the Nerve Centre is now open for applications from committed, talented young people aged between 16 and 19 years of age.

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.

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.  

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. 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.' 

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.


Speaking about the initiative, Director of Education at the Nerve Centre John Peto said: 'The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre has been one of the most positive and successful programmes for young people in recent times here at the Nerve Centre. The quality of hands on training and one to one access with industry professionals available through the course is a real advantage to any young person who is serious about a career in the film industry'.

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 comments:

'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 2014 and will run for 18 weeks until February 2015. 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.  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.

For further information on the BFI Film Academy and to request an application form contact Eavan King at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 7432 or e-mail: e.king@nervecentre.org.

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