Aged 16-19? Young filmmakers wanted for BFI Film Academy Network Programme

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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
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Cinemagic is delighted to announce the delivery of a BFI Film Academy Network Programme for 2017/18 and interested 16- 19 year olds are invited to apply.

Over the last 4 years, 20 talented filmmakers per year, from Northern Ireland, were selected from a wide-pool of applicants and awarded places on the initiative.

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 and access to top professionals, the participants work in groups to make short films which they will showcase at Cinemagic. 

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A number of past-participants of the programme have been involved in a series of exciting projects since their involvement and some of the outstanding students were awarded places at the prestigious NFTS & Scottish Residential courses over the last 4 years.

Two past young filmmakers from the programme, Siona Davis and Lori Brown were selected to participate in the prestigious Future Film Skills programme at Pinewood Studios this summer where they secured Trainee Positions on the new Star Wars film.

Past-participants from this Academy have also gone on to secure positions on Game of Thrones, BBC, Disney and with Red Bull to name but a few.

The 2017/18 BFI Film Academy Network Programme delivered by Cinemagic will offer another impressive range of masterclasses, Cinemagic Juries, on-set film training and access to top industry professionals throughout the course.


Please note that applicants must be available on ALL academy dates:

  • Saturday 23rd September 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 30th September 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 7th October 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 14th October and Sunday 15th October– Times and Location TBC
  • Saturday 21st October 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 22nd October 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 30th October 10am – 4pm
  • Filming 4th and 5th November – Times and Locations TBC
  • Filming 11th and 12th November – Times and Locations TBC
  • Thursday 7th December 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday 20th January 10am – 5pm

Please note if applicants are attending University during the BFI Film Academy course they are not eligible to apply.

TO APPLY please download and complete the application on the news section of the Cinemagic website or email to request one.

The closing date for applications is noon on 6th September 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview on 12th and 13th September 2017.

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