BFI Film Academy West Midlands

Developing the next generation of film industry talent

A Unique Opportunity for young filmmakers and animators!

Starts January 2013 – apply now!

To help develop the next generation of British film industry talent the lead body for film in the UK, the British Film Institute (BFI), in partnership with BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and the Department for Education, has now launched the national BFI Film Academy Network.

From January 2013 specialist media organisations all over England will run the new Film Academies for 16-19 year olds, supporting hundreds of talented, passionate young filmmakers in developing their skills and exploring career pathways into the world of film and animation.

BFI Film Academy WM is looking for 35 of the region’s most promising young creatives to take part in the 8-week specialist programme with a focus on animation. There will be two groups, one in Wem, Shropshire and one in Wolverhampton, and all participants will have access to the University of Wolverhampton and Wem Town Hall’s specialist resources.

Participants will have opportunity to work with support from University lecturers and media arts staff at Thomas Adams School, with recent animation graduates and with award winning film and animation professionals.

Upon completion, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of animation (both art form and industry), will have made a short animation, and their achievement will be recognised with a certificate awarded by the University. In addition, learners can undertake an Arts Award and, most importantly, they will be one of the select few who have graduated from the new BFI Film Academy – and that’s great for their portfolios, UCAS statements and CVs.

BFI Film Academy WM is free to attend, and help with travel costs is available if needed. Designed to accommodate complete beginners and those with experience, the Academy will support creative and career ambitions – so don’t delay, encourage your students to get in touch now!

To apply for this one-off opportunity participants should be:

genuinely interested in filmmaking and animation
creative – perhaps talented in art, storytelling, writing, or good at organising
aged 16-19 years old
able to attend regular evening sessions in Wem or Wolverhampton, as well as several daytime sessions on Saturdays and during school holidays in February.

To register interest or to request further information please ask young people to contact BFI Film Academy WM direct at or call 07970 045035 and leave a name, age, contact phone number and email address.

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