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Call for 16-19 year olds for BFI Film Academy Network Programme

Posted on 04th July 2016 | Cinemagic NewsPress Releases

Cinemagic is delighted to announce the delivery of another BFI Film Academy Network Programme in 2016/2017 and we welcome interested 16- 19 year olds to apply!

Over the last 3 years, 18 talented filmmakers per year, from Northern Ireland were selected from a wide-pool of applicants and awarded places on the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Cinemagic.

The programme 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.

In addition to the industry and skills training, the participants worked in groups to make short films which they showcased in Belfast and some films were also screened at Cinemagic Los Angeles and other festivals. ‘Love is an Open Door’ which was made in the 2014/15 Academy recently won the Takeover Festival and also won the Directors Choice Award at the Film Devour Short Film Festival.

A number of the young people have been involved in a series of exciting projects since participating in the programme and Cinemagic was thrilled when some of our outstanding students were awarded places at the prestigious NFTS & Scottish Residential courses over the last 3 years.

Since its launch in 2013, a number of invited guests from the film industry met with the participants to talk about their aspiring careers. Industry professionals who shared their skills and experiences with the young people included producers Mark Huffam (Saving Private Ryan, World War Z), Iain Smith (The A Team, Children of Men), Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C. L. E, Skyfall), Gareth Ellis - Unwin (Oscar Winner for The King’s Speech), Jessica Malik (Zaytoun), actress Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey), screenwriter Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels, Disney’s TinkerBell and The Secret of the Wings), director Tony Mitchell (The Bible), filmmakers Terry Loane (Mickey Bo and Me), Brian Henry Martin (The Ulster Covenant), BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated short film director, Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham), casting director Georgia Simpson, and industry professionals, Alison Crinion, Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Make-up artist Christine Blundell (Sherlock Holmes, Legend and Paddington), Video Assist/Playback Operator Lisa Trinder (Game of Thrones),  Andrew Tohill (Road) and Ryan Tohill (Game of Thrones). The participants were also given insights to various areas of the film industry by representatives from Northern Ireland Screen, University of Ulster, Creative Skillset, Queen’s University and Sixteen South.

The BFI Network Programme delivered by Cinemagic will offer another impressive range of masterclasses, Cinemagic festival passes, film training and access to top industry professionals throughout the course.

Please note that applicants must be available on ALL academy dates: 

Tuesday 20th September 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 24th September 10am – 5pm
Saturday 1st October 10am – 6pm:
Saturday 8th and 9th October 2pm – 8pm each day
Saturday 15th October 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 18th October 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 19th October 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 22nd October 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 25th October 4pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday 26th October 6pm – 9pm
Friday 28th October 10am – 4pm
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th  October 9am – 6pm
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 22nd November 5.30pm – 8.30pm:
Saturday 28th January 11am – 6pm
Please note if applicants are attending University during the BFI Film Academy course they are not eligible to apply.
To apply please download the application HERE and email completed form to shauna@cinemagic.org.uk
Please note the closing date for applications is Noon on Monday 22nd August.

Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview on Friday 2nd September

Download Registration Form Here

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