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Film course puts young people in the picture


The University of Bradford is helping young people with a passion for film to take their first steps into the industry.

Young people aged 16-19 with an interest in a career in the film industry can take part in a short course run by the BFI Film Academy in partnership with the University of Bradford, Department for Education and National Lottery.

The BFI Film Academy offers opportunities to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. The introductory hands-on filmmaking course aims to build knowledge and skills and show the different pathways into the industry whether students want to test the water or improve existing skills.

Mark Goodall, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford said: “This course will not only develop practical skills that can be used in the film industry but will open students’ eyes to the different roles available and the routes open to them.”

Once students have completed the course they join the BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as career and skills talks and further opportunities to attend courses to advance their learning and film experience both with the BFI and other organisations such as Lucas Films.

They can apply to have the opportunity to work in a range of entry level career and further learning opportunities such as one of the BFI Film Academy’s intensive specialist courses in animation, documentary, craft skills, scriptwriting, film programming and visual effects which last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills.

Zoe Naylor, Reel Solutions said: “We believe in our young future filmmakers' enthusiasm, their talent and their ambitions and feel hugely privileged to be able to help support and play a role in enabling their dreams and expanding their horizons and experience.

“BFI Film Academy Bradford provides the very highest quality film skills training and supports every participant to have fun with filmmaking processes, gain confidence, new skills and learn more about careers and make connections in our thriving Yorkshire film network.”

The course runs evening and weekends through November and December with a mixture of online and face to face sessions. The sessions at the University of Bradford's Film and Media department provide participants with access to industry standard equipment and facilities.

To apply complete the application form by November 15 or find more information on the BFI website.