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15th February 2013, 12:56pm  (updated 11th July 2013, 1:25pm)
Budding film-makers premiere first production
Participants enjoy the BFI Film Academy A team of young film-makers from across Lincolnshire have unveiled their first film after taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the secrets of movie-making success from leading lights of the UK film industry.

The team completed the BFI Film Academy programme at the University of Lincoln, which this week hosted an exclusive premiere of the remarkable short film, ‘The Delivery’, and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ documentary.

The BFI Film Academy Network is designed to revolutionise film training across the country, providing opportunities for talented and committed young people to develop new skills and build a career in film-making, regardless of background.

The University of Lincoln’s School of Media was selected as one of 24 regional partners to deliver a BFI Film Academy. The University has been working in partnership with CfBT Education Services, creators of the Lincolnshire Awards for Film Teamwork and Achievement (LAFTAs). Together they played host to 18 budding film-makers during a nine-week academy.

Supported by LAFTA’s patron, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent, the partnership provided an exclusive opportunity for 16-19 year olds to benefit from industry-leading expertise in film-making and production.

Academy members were selected from a pool of applicants, having demonstrated a creative aptitude and an enthusiasm for the film industry. Participants learned about professional techniques, equipment and technologies, and developed an increased understanding of the history, theory and criticism of British and World Cinema. They also created their own short film, and received the help, support and training required to achieve an Arts Award as part of their participation in the academy.

One participant was also selected to attend the National Talent Campus for Film in London earlier this year.

Robert Pitman of CfBT Education Services said: “The Academy proved to be a fantastic opportunity for young people across the East Midlands to develop their skills and connect with one of the most vibrant and dynamic sectors within the creative industry. Building on the successful partnership and collaboration with the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, we are delighted that the BFI Programme has continued our tradition of high quality opportunities for young people, linking directly with the LAFTAs Film Awards and support from our patron Jim Broadbent.”

Sarah Barrow, Head of Lincoln School of Media, adds: “We are absolutely thrilled that our bid with CfBT Education Services to host the BFI Film Academy was successful. This represents recognition of the School's growing reputation as a centre of excellence for film education and training, our commitment to giving young people the best opportunities in film production, and our established work with schools and colleges.

“It is fantastic that teenagers from around the region and beyond have been able to experience the art of film-making and learn from industry-leading experts. We were also pleased to be able to involve some of our existing students in the programme, so that they were able to pass on the benefit of their own experiences and add something really valuable to their own CVs. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and the resulting short film and documentary are testament to the participants' hard work, skill and dedication.”

The University of Lincoln and CfBT Education Services worked with the BFI and its strategic partners DfE, BAFTA, Creative Skillset and Pinewood Studios to bring the learning experience to life. The programme covered every aspect of the film industry, and was designed to enable young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The work created by the academy will also be showcased as part of this year’s LAFTAs Film Awards from CfBT Education Services, which will be held on Monday 14th October at The Engine Shed on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus. The LAFTAs, which are now in their seventh year, provide children from as young as four years-old with the opportunity to present their creative work to an audience including patron Jim Broadbent.

Here is the finished film:

You can see the documentary 'Behind the Scenes' made by Electric Egg for CfBT:

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