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The BFI Film Academy Craft Residential delivered by the NFTS has places for 66 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts. It’s a really exciting opportunity!

INTRODUCTION

The NFTS is looking for talented filmmakers aged 16-19 years old to join our BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.

If you’re aged 16-19 and you are committed to working in the film industry, then this is the opportunity for you. We’re looking for 66 of the nation’s most promising young filmmakers to take part in a two week film academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films. You will also have masterclasses with top filmmakers and learn a craft specialism, such as directing or sound. The academy is open to those who enrol in one of the regional film academies and to others who have the necessary talent and enthusiasm.

The residential will take place from 9-20 April 2017 at the NFTS and at Lane End Conference centre nearby, with a pre-weekend residential of activities on 11 and 12 March at the same venues, so if you want to take part you must be available on all those dates.

Candidates for Screenwriting have an earlier application deadline, because they will be writing the scripts for the short films and will additionally attend a weekend course at the NFTS on 10/11 December 2016.

The costs associated with the craft residential are for your travel to and from the residentials and a means tested  fee payable on invitation should your application be accepted.

To apply for this one-off opportunity you should:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the academy programme. You must be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration
  • Have a passion or talent for filmmaking
  • Have evidence of this talent either in scripts/treatments (for screenwriting applicants) or online material, such as videos which you have made or to which you have contributed
  • Be free on 11/12 March and from 9-20 April
  • Additionally, be free 10/11 December for Screenwriting applicants
  • Be committed to a career in the film industry
  • Have someone who knows your work and is prepared to write a supporting reference (e.g. a teacher, industry professional or leader of one of the network film academies)
  • Complete your application form by the deadline of  January 22nd at 6pm

Earlier submission of completed application forms is encouraged and forms will be looked at as they arrive.

Applications for screenwriting are open NOW and the form can be downloaded below.
Applications for screenwriting must be submitted by 6pm on November 6th.

Application forms for all other craft specialisms will be available here from November 7th and must be submitted by 6pm on 22nd January.

PLEASE NOTE that this course is not available to students enrolled on Higher education courses (University students)

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Craft Residential itself largely takes place at two venues - the NFTS and Lane End, a conference venue outside High Wycombe, with excellent accommodation, facilities and grounds.

All applications will be reviewed by the Project Lead and by other members of the selection team with film industry backgrounds and the successful applicants notified in early February and invited to the pre-residential weekend 11/12 March.

In addition to screenwriting, the craft specialisms the residential will cover are:

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Sound  Recording
  • Editing
  • Production Design

Screenwriting applicants only apply for that one specialism, but if unsuccessful, may apply for other specialisms later.

All other applicants must select a first and second choice of specialism.

Craft residential participants should come from a wide range of backgrounds and we actively encourage applicants on this basis, aiming for a good gender balance, a diverse range of ethnic groups and to include participants with disabilities. Facilities are accessible to all and all necessary support can be in place for the start of the Craft Residential.

To see what happened at last years BFI Film Academy delivered by the NFTS please watch the ‘behind the scenes’ film below.


Pre-residential weekend

The aims for this weekend are to get participants used to each other, the tutors and the main settings of the Craft Residential, so that they can hit the ground running at the main event, as well as establishing the six groups in which the participants will work for the majority of the main Craft Residential through some team building activity. Groups will also work with their tutors on interpreting the script and agreeing a shooting script. By the end of the weekend NFTS production managers will have a clear idea of the requirements for the projects so that they can source actors, locations and props before the main craft residential commences.

The weekend will finish mid afternoon, giving participants time to get back home ready for school/college the next day.

Between the pre-residential weekend and the main Craft Residential, participants will join a closed facebook group to continue dialogue about the projects.

Main Craft Residential

There will be a masterclass programme across the 11 days, where film-makers come to the NFTS to share their experience and screen examples of their work. NFTS tutors will lead craft specialist workshops and there will be presentations and panels on the roles of sound, art direction, the film business and marketing. Much of the work will be in the six production groups, planning the short films and later going out onto location to shoot, followed by two days editing. There will be a trip to London to visit both the Tate modern and the BFI, where students will have another masterclass from a filmmaker.

Meals and single room accommodation will be provided throughout the Craft Residential, with minibuses to take teams out onto location and coaches between the conference centre and the NFTS daily. On the final day, all participants will travel to the BFI South Bank in London for a screening of their finished short films for friends and family and industry representatives with an opportunity for networking thereafter.

Alumni Network

Throughout the Craft Residential, participants will be encouraged to think forward to future opportunities. With the support of a designated alumni officer, you will develop a Professional Development Profile, prepare for future work experience and the opportunity for involvement in NFTS summer Grad films. The alumni officer will work with industry partners to secure opportunities for the participants once the Craft Residential is over, including shadowing, placements, internships and apprenticeship opportunities. There will be further opportunities to attend events and showcase your work in the months after the craft residential.

Opportunities which alumni from the previous four residentials have had include: working at film festivals, composing and editing for various short films, runners on the set of short films and music video, internships and working on NFTS grad projects.

There have also been networking events at BAFTA, Creative England and Film London, and short films from the residential accepted for various festivals including Portobello, The Smalls and the British Urban film festivals, as well as a number of festivals abroad.

HOW TO APPLY 

Download the application form and complete it, then e-mail it with your reference included, to bfifilmacademy@nfts.co.uk by the deadline.

The application form is below. 

Application form for the BFI Film Academy - Screenwriting.

Information for Parents and Carers

If you have any questions please email bfifilmacademy@nfts.co.uk