The BFI has opened up 900 placements for students aged between 16 – 19 who are looking to start their film career. Course applications have opened for the upcoming academic year beginning in September 2018. They are taking place country wide and are aimed at developing young talent and uncover emerging filmmakers who are looking for their first big break. The course provide hands-on filmmaking as well as invaluable training in direction.
Jen Sobol, BFI Film Academy Project Director said, “In just seven years the BFI Film Academy has established itself as a gold standard training and development programme and an important new talent pipeline into the UK film industry. This is the most exciting part of the process, when we throw the doors open and invite talented young people across the whole country to be part of the programme. I can’t wait to see who will be joining us this year.”
All graduates join the BFI Film Academy alumni network which gives them access to further opportunities including BAFTA mentorships and the BFI Film Academy Future Skills programme, the latter of which is a partnership with Lucasfilm. This year 30 graduates from the BFI Film Academy are working in various roles for Star Wars: Episode IX (I really want to know what they are going to call it!)
Thandie Newton, star of Solo: A Star Wars Story says, “It’s imperative that people from all backgrounds see themselves in film and one of the beautiful things about BFI Film Academy is that it gives opportunities to young people from all walks of life – the programme enables young people to enter this industry from a position of passion rather than privilege. The more people behind the scenes who bring perspectives from everywhere, the more we’ll be able to truly reflect the world through our work.”
For more about the course and applications, you can take a look here and the locations are listed below:
- London, Barking
- London, City
- London, Fulham
- London, Hackney
- London, Islington
- London, Shoreditch
- London, Southwark
- Newcastle upon Tyne
Keep. It. Reel.