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Award winning BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre

Date Posted: September 6, 2016

The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre is seeking new students. Now in its fourth year, this highly successful, industry focused film programme has mentored over 70 young people towards a career in the film industry. BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre was also the recipient of a Creative and Cultural Skills award in 2015 for partnership in Education and Industry.

By studying all aspects of film and having award winning professionals as mentors, successful students have gone on to study, train and work in the film industry in Northern Ireland and further afield.

As a student of the Film Academy participants will:

  • Gain hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • Explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment
  • Gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification Level 2 Preparing To Work In The Film Industry through NCFE
  • Work on teams towards a practical film-based, either individually or as part of a team

BFI Film Academy offers students an opportunity to work in teams to write, produce and direct original short films in an industry focused environment. Students complete masterclasses with guest professionals during the course to enhance their learning and gain an insight into the realities of working in film.

BFI Academy students have previously attended talks with directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Cannes Film Festival winner Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Jon Baird (Filth), Damien O’Donnell (East is East, Inside I’m Dancing), producers Greg Spence (Game of Thrones), Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People), Ivanna MacKinnion (Slumdog Millionaire), Chris Martin (Good Vibrations), writers Glen Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa (Good Vibrations), writer Frank Cottrel Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People).

Local success stories and experience play a huge part in the BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre with masterclasses in directing, cinematography, sound and editing and career progression previously delivered by BAFTA winner Mark McCauley (Children of War), BAFTA winning Sound Designer Eddy Joseph (Casino Royale, Pink Floyd’s The Wall) BIFA Award winning director Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist), BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated producer Brian Falconer (Boogaloo & Graham) and editor Andrew Tohill (Road).

Students that have successfully completed the BFI Film Academy become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to Industry events and further training opportunities such as BAFTA Careers Surgery with BAFTA winning professionals in the film industry.

Students that have completed the BFI Film Academy have gone on to gain work experience on HBO’s Game of Thrones, at the award winning Ardmore Studios, created short films for the BBC True North programme and in short and feature film productions locally since graduating.

Students from BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre have also attended BFI Specialist Residentials at the National Film & Television School; London and Liverpool in Cinematography, Documentary Production, Script Writing and Animation.

Residential courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. Students work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Those wishing to participate must be aged 16-19, be studying Moving Image Arts (MIA) and be passionate about film.

The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy is £25 which is refundable upon successful completion of the course and qualification. Bursaries could also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.

Applications are now open. Closing date for registration is Friday 23 September 2016. Candidates will be required to attend a short interview as part of the application process.

To apply to BFI Film Academy contact course coordinator Eavan King at the Nerve Centre on 028 71260562 or e-mail:[email protected].

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