Young people in Lincolnshire interested in film-making have a special opportunity to learn trade secrets from industry leaders at the University of Lincoln’s School of Media.
The university was selected as one of 24 partners to deliver the nine-week BFI Film Academy course, in partnership with CfBT Education Services.
The BFI Film Academy Network course will help 18 16 to 19-year-olds develop new skills and build a career in film-making.
Local actor, Lincolnshire Awards for Film Teamwork and Achievement (LAFTAs) patron and Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning actor Jim Broadbent, is supporting the Lincoln BFI Film Academy.
Applicants to the academy were chosen based on their demonstration of a creative aptitude and enthusiasm for the film industry.
The 18 students will learn how to use professional techniques, equipment and technologies, as well as gaining a better understanding of British and World Cinema.
As part of the course, they will also create their own short film with support, which will help them earn an Arts Award.
The films will be showcased at this year’s LAFTAs Film Awards from CfBT Education Services, held at Lincoln Engine Shed on October 14.
The annual LAFTAs provide children the opportunity to present their creative work to an audience, including Jim Broadbent.
After the academy, they will a chance to apply for the National Talent Campus for Film.
Sarah Barrow, Head of Lincoln School of Media, said: “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 will be able to experience the art of film-making and learn from industry-leading experts.
“We are also pleased to be able to involve some of our existing students in the programme, so that they are able to pass on the benefit of their own experiences and add something really valuable to their own CVs. It will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”