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BFI Film Academy Showcases Young Filmmaking Talent!

Posted on 21st February 2014 | Cinemagic News

New films made by 18 talented filmmakers, aged 16-19, from Northern Ireland were premiered in Belfast last weekend as part of the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Cinemagic.
The audience of local film professionals and the young filmmakers with their family and friends had the chance to watch the young people’s films which premiered at the event and ask questions about the film industry.

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 a showcase event at BBC Northern Ireland’s headquarters on Saturday.

The BFI Film Academy initiative in partnership with Cinemagic, which took place over five weeks 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.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE says “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 says “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 Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers and this year builds on 2012/13’s hugely successful inaugural year, with a total of 900 places available in 2013/14 for 16-19 year olds right across the UK.


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