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BFI Film Academy

February 2014

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.

Deputy CEO of the BFI, Tim Cagney

“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.”

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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.

The BFI Film Academy has been nominated for a National Lottery good causes award. Please support us and click here to cast your vote!

The winner is decided on by public vote which runs for four weeks from 25 June – 23 July 2014


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