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18th September 2013, 10:39am
Take two for budding young film-makers as academy returns to Lincoln
BFI Film Academy returns to Lincoln Aspiring film-makers from across the East Midlands will again have the opportunity to learn from industry experts after the University of Lincoln was invited to host the BFI Film Academy for a further two years, in conjunction with CfBT Education Services.

The British Film Institute’s Academy Network is designed to revolutionise film training across the country, providing opportunities for talented and committed young people to develop the skills and ambition required to forge a career in film-making, regardless of background.

Following the success of the partnership’s inaugural academy earlier this year, the University of Lincoln’s School of Media and CfBT Education Services will together host two more nine-week programmes, offering young people throughout the East Midlands the opportunity to learn the secrets of movie-making success from leading lights of the UK film industry.

The East Midlands BFI Film Academy, which will offer access to the University of Lincoln’s state-of-the art studios and technology, is now inviting applications from budding film-makers.

The academy is open to 16-19 year olds throughout the region, and provides an exclusive opportunity for participants to benefit from industry-leading expertise in film-making and production. The first academy will begin on Saturday 2nd November 2013 and all applications must be received before the deadline of Monday 30th September 2013.

Sarah Barrow, Head of the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our second BFI Film Academy. It is fantastic to be able to offer young people valuable experience of such an exciting industry, and being awarded academy status for the next two years represents the Lincoln School of Media’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence for film education and training.

“We are also pleased to be able to involve some of our existing students in the programme, so that they can pass on the benefit of their own experiences – it will be an extremely valuable experience for everyone involved.”

Participants will learn about professional techniques, equipment and technologies, and develop an increased understanding of the history, theory and criticism of British and World Cinema. They will also create their own short film, receive the help, support and training required to achieve an Arts Award as part of their participation in the academy, and will have the chance to apply for an intensive course with the National Film and Television School.

Robert Pitman of CfBT Education Services said: “The second and third BFI Film Academies hosted by ourselves and the Lincoln School of Media will offer fantastic opportunities for young people across the region to develop their skills and connect with one of the most vibrant and dynamic sectors within the creative industry.

“We are delighted to be able to build on the existing collaboration between our two organisations, meaning that we now provide an educational framework for young people getting involved with film and film making from the age of 2 upwards. Connecting this work with our pre-existing LAFTAs programme, with its Patron Jim Broadbent, means children and young people across Lincolnshire have an unrivalled access to the highest quality support and training.”

Earlier this month, Robert attended the official launch of the new BFI Film Academy Network at the House of Commons along with Brian Hall, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, who will lead the programme.

Brian said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the participants of our next BFI Film Academy to Lincoln. Our first programme was a fantastic success, and we are now on the lookout for enthusiastic applicants who can demonstrate a creative aptitude and an excitement for the film industry.”

For more information and to request an application form for the BFI Film Academy in Lincoln, email Further details can also be found via the LAFTAs website (!bfi-film-academy), Lincoln School of Media (, and the BFI Film Academy Network (

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