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!
Applications now closed
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 5 February
The NFTS is looking for talented filmmakers and passionate film fans 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 2 week film academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films. You will also have masterclasses with top auteur and commercial 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 28 March-8 April 2016 at the NFTS and at Lane End Conference centre nearby, with a pre-weekend residential of activities on 5 and 6 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 12/13 December 2015.
The only costs associated with the craft residential are for your travel to and from the residentials and a £99 administration fee payable on invitation should your application be accepted. Bursaries to cover costs will be available on application to invited applicants who cannot afford the fee and/or travel costs.
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 or online material, such as videos which you have made or to which you have contributed
- Be free on 5/6 March and from 28 March-8 April
- 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 24th
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 5th/6th March.
In addition to screenwriting, the craft specialisms the residential will cover are:
You must select a first and second choice in your application.
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.
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 in the early 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 for groups of around 10 students 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 trips to a working studio, such as the Imaginarium Studio at Ealing or Pinewood, and to London to visit both the National Gallery and BAFTA.
All 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.
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 first three 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.
HOW TO APPLY
Download the application form and complete it, then e-mail it with your reference included, to email@example.com by the deadline.
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