BFI Film Academy to start at Nerve Centre

Some of the young people who have availed of the BFI Film Academy at Derry's Nerve Centre.
Some of the young people who have availed of the BFI Film Academy at Derry's Nerve Centre.
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The acclaimed BFI Film Academy programme at the Nerve Centre is now open for applications from committed, talented young people aged between 16 and 19 years of age.

BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre offers a unique opportunity to young people already studying Moving Image Arts at higher level to participate in a skills-based academy of workshops and master classes delivered by industry professionals.

As a BFI Film Academy participant, students will get a valuable opportunity to work directly with filmmakers and take part in a series of master classes and workshops with a focus on a range of film disciplines including producing, directing, cinematography, sound and editing. The course is accredited, with students gaining a Silver Arts Award upon successful completion.

During 18 weeks of training, young local filmmakers will develop their skills in all areas of filmmaking from script to screen; produce their own short film and hear industry experts top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry.

Students will also get essential practice in developing and pitching ideas and producing their own work. Academy students will also watch and discuss films from around the world and learn more about distribution, film festivals and programming.

“Already we have had graduates placed in trainee roles with major productions including Game of Thrones so it is very much a pathway to a career in film for passionate young people,” said project co-ordinator, Eavan King.

Led by industry experts, the BFI Film Academy courses cover every area of the film industry, enabling young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

Speaking about the initiative, Director of Education at the Nerve Centre John Peto said:

“The BFI Film Academy at the Nerve Centre has been one of the most positive and successful programmes for young people in recent times here at the Nerve Centre. The quality of hands on training and one to one access with industry professionals available through the course is a real advantage to any young person who is serious about a career in the film industry.”

The programme begins in October and will run on Saturdays for 18 weeks until March 2015.

For further information on the BFI Film Academy and to request an application form contact Eavan King at the Nerve Centre on 028 71267432 or e-mail: e.king@nervecentre.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday 22 September 2015.