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BFI Film Academy Recruitment Opens

Posted on 04th September 2014 | Cinemagic News

Cinemagic is delighted to announce that we will be delivering another acclaimed BFI Film Academy Network Programme in Belfast in 2014/2015 and we welcome committed, talented 16- 19 year olds to apply.

Last year, 18 talented filmmakers, aged 16-19, from Northern Ireland were selected from a wide-pool of applicants and were 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 3 short films which they showcased at a VIP Showcase in Belfast and were also screened in Los Angeles in March this year. Since the project the young people have been involved with a number of exciting projects and Cinemagic were thrilled when three of our outstanding students beat of stiff competition to be awarded places at the prestigious NFTS Residential which took place in London earlier this year.

Throughout the  programme delivered by Cinemagic a number of invited guests from the film industry were on hand to talk to the young people 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 (Scott & Bailey, Coronation Street), 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), Michael Lennox (A Patch of Fog), 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, Queen’s University and production company Sixteen South.

Cinemagic is delighted to announce our 2014/15 BFI Network Programme which 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 the following dates for various activities:

Thursday 23rd October from 4pm – 7pm in Belfast Met, Millfield

Monday 27th October – Friday 31st October 4pm – 7pm in Belfast Met, Millfield

Saturday 1st November from 10am – 4pm in the Europa Hotel, Belfast

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January 9am – 5pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January 9am – 5pm

Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February 9am – 5pm

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 9am – 5pm

Saturday 28th March 9am – 5pm

For more information or to apply please email shauna@cinemagic.org.uk Please note that the closing date for applications is Noon on Monday 29th September

The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five-year plan to support the future success of UK film. Its funding partners include the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m for the programme, with the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen this year working with the BFI to take the Academy to every nation of the UK. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.

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