Storyhouse partners with University of Chester and Reel Solutions to deliver intensive course for young filmmakers

Storyhouse partners with University of Chester and Reel Solutions to deliver intensive course for young filmmakers

The BFI Film Academy Chester, run by Storyhouse, the University of Chester and Reel Solutions, will start on Saturday 28 October 2017 and run until 4 November 2017 with a premiere event at Storyhouse mid-late November.

This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry and will be one of the first in the UK to focus on 360° filmmaking, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

These new developing areas are viewed by many, including Facebook and Google, as the next big thing offering potentially huge opportunities for young people looking to build careers in the film industry.

As a participant on the BFI Film Academy Chester you will gain and develop invaluable skills working alongside industry professionals in scripting, casting, producing, camera work, sound recording, editing and post-production, resulting in at least one completed short film.

You will have unique opportunities to build those all important contacts, gain practical knowledge about different areas of the industry plus the inside track on promoting and exhibiting your films.

As a participant of the Film Academy:

· You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
· You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.
· You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
· You will get to experience immersive 360° as well as 2D film
· You will work towards creating a practical film-based immersive project, either individually or as part of a team
· You will work towards achieving a Bronze Arts Award qualification

Once you have completed the Network course, you will become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks.

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy.

What does it cost?

The one-off participation fee is £25 and there is nothing else to pay apart from some travel costs but we try to make the course available to all – the fee course can be waived and bursaries are available for participants who need financial help with the costs of travel, childcare or other costs.
If you think you will struggle to pay the £25 course fee, please still apply – if you have the talent we’ll make sure you can attend. Bursaries are available if you require assistance with travel, childcare or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found here.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds, aged 16-19.  If you are currently at university, or will be enrolled at university when the course starts, we regret to inform you that you are not able to apply.

How do I apply?

Please use the application form to apply.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 15 October 23:59pm 2017
Successful applicants will be informed on Friday 20 October 2017

We will recruit 15 promising young filmmakers to attend the new course this year.  Include a link to your film or examples of your work. If you would like to, please send us a 60 second film telling us why you want to apply, your inspirations and experience – this isn’t compulsory but does help us in the recruitment process. 

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