Course gives young Norfolk and Suffolk film-makers the chance to find out more about the industry

BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy - Credit: submitted

Young film-makers of the future are being invited to apply to take part in a special course to find out more about the industry.

BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy - Credit: submitted

Norwich-based Culture Works East is now looking for talented 16 to 19-year-olds to join the BFI Film Academy Network Programme.

Next year Culture Works East will be delivering two of the programme's courses, one in Norwich and one in Great Yarmouth, and they are open to young people from anywhere in Norfolk and Suffolk and from any background.

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, by helping young people develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The academy offers training for everything from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and it also includes film history and cinematic storytelling.

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Each academy will take place over seven separate full days and give academy students the chance to undertake a level two Arts Award. Students will take part in trips and screening events, and benefit from bespoke career guidance.

Elli Chapman, Culture Works East artistic director, said: 'We are really excited about delivering the Film Academy again and the opportunities it gives for young people to gain direct insight into all elements of an industry that can be seen as hard to break into.

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'Through direct experience participants will be able to find out about a range of areas, roles and the opportunities that might be available to them. Alumni from last year have gone onto college, university, other training and film making as well as continue to be supported by BFI Film Academy to develop their skills and progression across the 28 film departments and areas available in the film industry.'

Seventeen-year-old Alice Denmark, from Dereham, has previously taken part in a BFI Film Academy.

She said: 'The BFI Film Academy was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed making a short film with professionals and like minded people. After the course I made friends with the same interests and since then I have worked on other projects with them. I'm now on the alumni which is nice to continue to get more advice from a range of people in the industry and share my work with other academy members across the country. If you are passionate about film making and want to have a future in it, don't ignore this opportunity.'

BFI Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland and strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset.

• To apply to be part of the BFI Film Academy programme, and for more information, email or visit

The deadline for applications is midday on January 3 2014.

The Norwich course will take place at Martineau Memorial Hall, in Colegate, on February 1, 8, 15, 17-21.

The dates are still to be confirmed for the Great Yarmouth course, which is in partnership with Great Yarmouth College.

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