First batch of BFI Film Academy graduates
by Naman Ramachandran
- 54 filmmakers of the future benefited from intense residential programme
54 of the UK’s promising film talent graduated on Friday from the first British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy residential programme, held in conjunction with the National Film and Television School. Six shorts, written, produced, directed and edited by the students were screened at the graduation ceremony at the BFI Southbank attended by industry heavyweights including Eric Fellner and Barbara Broccoli.
The two-week course, for students aged 16-19, saw the young talent interacting with cinematographer Brian Tufano (Billy Elliot), director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz [+see also:
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BFI Chair Greg Dyke said, “We knew there was extraordinary young film talent in the UK but even we have been staggered by the standard of filmmaking at the BFI Film Academy. The great thing about the Academy is that we’ve got students from all backgrounds, from all over the UK, taking part. The BFI Film Academy is exactly what we need to find the Danny Boyle of the future. Supporting the talent of tomorrow is fundamental to the future success and growth of the UK Film Industry.
The Academy is the result of a partnership with the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3 million funding for the programme over three years. Every 16-19 year old across England who can show talent and enthusiasm for film is eligible to apply for the BFI Film Academy in 2014 including the BFI Film Academy Regional Network programme.
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