NEW BFI Film Academy Short Course to be delivered by University of Suffolk

Please share with parents and students that this autumn, aspiring young filmmakers can improve their skills with a new industry-affiliated short course at the University of Suffolk. Specially designed for young people with some demonstrable filmmaking interest and/or experience, the BFI Academy Short Course provides a fast-paced, fun and practical filmmaking experience.

Set to run over the October half term at the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Waterfront campus, the course will feature workshops, practical skills development sessions, film screenings, as well as advice and guidance from industry professionals.

After an action-packed week, the cast and crew will be able to welcome friends and family to enjoy a premiere of the films the group have made during the week. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain an NCFE Level 2 Award in Preparing to Enter the Film Industry.

Participants can expect to:

  • Watch and learn to appreciate a broad range of films.
  • Gain insight into the exciting world of filmmaking, both behind and in front of the camera.
  • Get hands-on experience of what goes into making a film on a practical film-based project.
  • Get the opportunity to meet and work alongside and film industry professionals.
  • Meet other young film-lovers from across the county.
  • Become part of the BFI Film Academy alumni and access other exclusive opportunities.
  • Have lots of fun exploring and making film.

The course runs at the University of Suffolk between Saturday 21 to Friday 27 October, from 10am to 5pm each day.

Participants must be aged 16-19, be a UK resident, be available for the full duration of the course and must not be currently enrolled at a university or be at university when the course starts.

The course costs £25 per person and additional information on bursaries and financial assistance is available by contacting the BFI Academy. Applications close at midnight on Monday 2 October.

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In addition, free introductory sessions are being offered to schools, colleges and youth groups throughout September, which can be extended to include a taster session or activity.

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