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BFI Film Academy Leeds 2016 open to Yorkshire’s young film talent

Are you 16-19 and passionate about film? Want a career in the industry? If so, the BFI Film Academy Leeds is for you. Delivered by Leeds Young Film, Beta Filmworks and Access Moving Image, the course is a fantastic opportunity for young people from West Yorkshire to develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality. The programme is open to anyone not studying at university.

The course aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting committed young aged 16-19 people to develop the commercial, cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of all aspects of film culture.

The accredited course runs from October to December 2016 including a week-long filmmaking project in October half-term and includes a premiere screening at Hyde Park Picture House. Participants will get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from films such Wedding Belles, Four Lions and We Are Poets and hear from others involved in TV shows such as Humans, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Emmerdale. The most committed participants will be recommended to attend the residential BFI Talent Campus at the National Film & Television School at Easter 2017, offering an opportunity to work with top filmmakers such as Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, etc) to further develop their skills and progress their career.

To apply go to betafilmworks.org/filmacademy/ where you can also find more information about the course. Alternatively email martin.grund@leeds.gov.uk for more information. Applications open Monday 4 July 2016 and the Deadline to apply is 5pm, Friday 30 September 2016.

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