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Bangor film training programme up for Lottery prize

A film training programme run by staff and alumni at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media has been named as one of the finalists for a National Lottery award.

The BFI Film Academy is one of seven finalists nominated in the Education Award category of the National Lottery Good Causes Award 2014.

The winner will be chosen by public vote, and it’s possible to do so here. The Academy is one of seven finalists nominated for the prize.

The Academy’s workshops in north Wales were run by the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University and with Media Academy Wales for the BFI Film Academy.

This was the second year the British Film Institute has been running its academy; with the aim of giving young people the opportunity to forge a career in the film industry.

Media Practice lecturer Joanna Wright ran the project on behalf of the School of Creative Studies and Media, with input from other production alumni and staff in the school.

“We are thrilled to be nominated, it’s the first time the BFI Academy has taken place in Wales, so it’s especially exciting,” she said.

“One of the best things about the Documentary Academy is the great collaborations that took place, between industry professionals, education, our student mentors and of course the talent and commitment of the young people who took part.

“The BFI Academy is a great way to help democratise an industry that can be hard to break in to, especially away from urban centres. 

“Vote for us, the success of the project means we can offer it again and develop it for future years.”

The BFI Documentary Academy it will be running again in Bangor in October 2014. More info can be found here.

Publication date: 30 June 2014