Nearly 500 talented 16-19 year olds with a passion for film will benefit from 24 BFI Film Academies in 2012/13.
The BFI Film Academy Network will see 24 regional partners help deliver a plan to revolutionise film education for young people across the UK.
£3m funding has been provided by the Department for Education for the scheme to help young people develop news skills and build a career in the film industry, no matter where they live or what their background.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “The new academy is open to young people from all backgrounds and will play its part in helping ensure the British film industry remains competitive.”
The BFI’s chief executive, Amanda Nevill added: “Film and the creative industries as a whole are at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. Film makes a multi-billion contribution to UK GDP, we are the third most important market for film in the world, and our industry is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
“However, to ensure further growth we must find, encourage and nurture the talent of tomorrow – those with the creativity and skills needed to drive future success in the UK’s film industry. This project is designed to do just that.”
Over the next four months 24 regional partners will work with the BFI and its strategic partners to bring learning experiences to nearly 500 16-19 year olds across England, bringing a career in the film industry to life and widening opportunities for young people to engage with film.
In March 2013, up to 50 of the most talented and committed young people from the regional programme will go on to attend a residential Talent Campus. BFI Film Academy courses will cover every area of the film industry, enabling young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.
After completing their BFI Film Academy courses, young people will progress to a range of opportunities, including apprenticeships and employment in the film sector and further learning through Higher Education.
The BFI Film Academy partners in 2012/13 include the University of Hertfordshire School of Creative Arts.