We recently completed the fifth annual BFI Film Academy, delivered by Eastside. Twenty-five aspiring filmmakers aged 16 - 19 were able to deepen their knowledge of filmmaking through a series of workshops and masterclasses, which gave them the opportunity to learn from, and work with, leading industry professionals. Students gained an insight into the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the British film industry and received practical training into the lesser known roles within film production including screenwriting, sound design and art department. BFI Film Academy students have participated in cinematography and directing workshops, discussed the challenges of being an independent producer, got to grips with the multifaceted roles within the art department and created convincing sound effects in a hands-on foley workshop.
A careers event offered the participants the opportunity to weigh the advantages of different forms of training, an insight into the career paths trodden by those working in the industry and to hear about which experience they found most valuable. Students also had the opportunity to meet BAFTA winning professionals from all backgrounds and were able to ask questions and make valuable industry contacts.
Participants then worked in small crews to produce their own short films which were shot on location using broadcast standard equipment. The films were screened at Rich Mix in January 2017.
All the students also worked towards gaining a Silver Arts Award as part of the BFI Film Academy course. The Silver Arts Award required the students to reflect on what they were learning and to record their progress. It also offers them the opportunity to shine as leaders at their schools and colleges.
A number of our BFI Film Academy alumni who successfully completed the course with Eastside have since gone on to launch their own careers in film; participants have been commissioned to make films; are working within the industry and our alumni boasts the youngest ever student at the prestigious National Film and Television School.
You can watch the five original short films written and produced by our students here.
BAD TASTE written by Maryam Lea
EARLY BIRD written by Eleanor Flowerday
END OF THE LINE written by Thomas Blackman
QUEEN CAKES written by Alexander Ghaly
GLORIA AND GOLIATH written by Tife Kusoro