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Cinemagic announces 2016/17 BFI Film Academy Network Programme

Date Posted: July 5, 2016

Cinemagic announces BFI Film Academy Network Programme for 2016/2017 and young filmmakers aged 16-19 years old are invited to apply before 22 August.

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 equips 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 previous participants worked in groups to make short films which they showcased in Belfast and some of the 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 including some individuals being 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, 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 2016/17 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 from the Cinemagic website and email it to [email protected]

Please note the closing date for applications is noon on Monday 22nd August. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview on Friday 2nd September.

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