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School of Creative Studies and Media part of UK-wide search for film talent

Staff and alumni at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media will this year be part of an UK-wide search for the next generation of British film industry talent.

The school will be working together with Media Academy Wales to run workshops in North Wales for the BFI Film Academy.

This is 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 will be running the project on behalf of the School of Creative Studies and Media, with input from other production alumni and staff in the school.

“Participating in the BFI Film network is a great opportunity for us to work with young people from north Wales and will provide an important first step for participants into the film industry,” she said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for our film-making alumni to share the skills they’ve developed at Bangor by providing mentoring support to the selected teams, and to meet established practitioners and industry professionals.”

There are nine hundred places up for grabs at the BFI Film Academies for talented and committed 16-19 year olds– up from just under 500 last year.

“The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film,” said Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI.

“We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film.

“Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.”


Publication date: 10 September 2013