FANCY a career in the film industry? Then the Tyneside Cinema’s BFI Film Academy in Newcastle could be the perfect springboard.
It is free to join and is open to young people aged 16-19. There are 18 available places and Monday at 5pm is the deadline for applications.
The new course, called the Film Business, will take place over five weeks at weekends, during the February half-term and at one Friday evening session.
Participants will get the chance to learn all about the film industry from leading professionals working in film production, distribution and programming.
Among the guest speakers will be Gateshead-born Peter Straughan whose script for British blockbuster Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy earned him two Bafta awards in 2012.
“I am thrilled to be involved with the Film Business at the Tyneside Cinema,” he said.
“This exciting new programme offers young people a fantastic opportunity to find out what it takes to get a film on the big screen – from first draft of the script to the cinema box office – and discover how they can find their place in the film industry of the future.”
Holli McGuire, the Tyneside’s cinema projects manager, said: “We are looking for committed and enthusiastic young people from all backgrounds who have a real passion for cinema to take part.”
The young participants will get to watch some of the greatest films ever made and find out how and why they were produced.
They will also be able to try their hand at making films, recreating classic cinema moments at the Tyneside’s state-of-the-art Pop-Up Film School in Eldon Square.
The BFI Film Academy is funded by the Department for Education as part of a nationwide programme throughout England. Some of the participants in BFI Film Academy projects around the country will have the chance to attend a national residential Talent Campus later in the year.
For more details and an application form visit www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/bfifilm academy