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BFI Film Academy Nominated For National Lottery Award!

Posted on 01st July 2014 | Cinemagic News

The BFI Film Academy has been nominated for a National Lottery good causes award! The education scheme that helps 16-19-year-olds to be part of the future British film industry has been nominated in the Best Education project category. The Cinemagic BFI Film Academy involved 18 young filmmakers from Northern Ireland.

The BFI Film Academies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been selected from more than 750 entries to go into the public vote to decide the winners of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the public’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The BFI Film Academy is one of seven finalists in the Best Education project category. Vote Now

The BFI Film Academy is a UK-wide comprehensive training and education initiative. It ensures that gifted young people – whether they live in Belfast, Newport or Glasgow – have the opportunity to gain the essential skills to enter the film industry. An exemplary programme led by industry experts, BFI Film Academy courses cover every area of film and equip young people with the knowledge, practical skills and contacts to help them in their next steps in education or careers in the industry. Read more here

Dr Paul Gerhardt, BFI Director of Education, said "We are delighted that the BFI Film Academy has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards. It’s a privilege to support ambitious new talent at this early stage of their careers and watch them succeed in their chosen paths.

The National Lottery funding has allowed us to expand our initial Department for Education programme from England into Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and our partners there have done a great job delivering this comprehensive training programme for motivated young people wanting to work in film".

The Cinemagic BFI Film Academy which took place over five weeks from 2013-2014, equipped young filmmakers, passionate about film, with the knowledge, skills, insight, confidence and practical training to help lay strong foundations for their pursuit of a career in the film industry. As part of the training programme, the participants were allocated time to make a short film from concept to screen as well as taking part in the Cinemagic Festival, masterclasses and Q&A sessions in various film disciplines from the history of film, story development, directing and producing to film criticism, film finance and marketing and distribution.

Industry professionals who shared their skills and experiences with the young people included producers Iain Smith, Mark Huffam, Terry Bamber, Gareth Ellis Unwin, Jessica Malik, actress Suranne Jones, screenwriter Ryan Rowe, filmmakers Tony Mitchell, Terry Loane, Brian Henry Martin, Michael Lennox, Andrew and Ryan Tohill. The participants were also given insights to various areas of the film industry by representatives from Northern Ireland Screen, University of Ulster, Queen’s University and production company Sixteen South.

Earlier this year the 18 talented filmmakers, aged 16-19, premiered their original short films. Film producer Mark Huffam (Prometheus, World War Z, Mamma Mia, Saving Private Ryan) was among the invited industry guests on hand to talk to the young people about their careers at the showcase event at BBC Northern Ireland’s headquarters.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “Cinemagic is honoured to have been selected to work in partnership with the BFI Film Academy on this fantastic initiative. The programme enabled Cinemagic to create, educate, motivate and inspire a new generation of film industry talent from Northern Ireland and we were delighted to engage with young people from all backgrounds to give them an invaluable opportunity to develop their skills.

Deputy CEO of the BFI, Tim Cagney said “We are committed to giving young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film and the BFI Film Academy is central to our strategy for developing the film industry of tomorrow. Cinemagic has done a great job delivering the training programme in Belfast and getting industry professionals on board to share their experience and expertise with young filmmakers. None of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support of our partners, including Northern Ireland Screen.”



The winner is decided on by public vote which runs for four weeks from 25 June – 23 July

Read more about the BFI Film Academy here

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