January 4, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea youngsters invited to join Somerset film academy

Young people in the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 16-19 years have the chance to become filmmakers thanks to a new Somerset British Film Institution (BFI) Film Academy Programme in partnership with BAFTA and Pinewood Film Studios.

Bridgwater's Somerset Film - which is based at The Engine Room in Bridgwater - is leading the academy and aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers.

The next course will take place from 4th February 2017 and limited spaces are currently available to young people in the Burnham area.

Participants will receive seven jam-packed days of masterclasses, screenings, career guidance, mentoring and hands-on workshops plus the chance to meet industry professionals and make two short films.

The academy takes place on Saturday 4th February, Saturday 11th February, Monday 13th February, Tuesday 14th February, Wednesday 15th February, Thursday 16th February and Friday 17th February 2017.

It costs just £25, but if young people feel they will struggle to pay the course fee then they are still encouraged to apply as the fee can be waived. Bursary places and help with transport and other costs are also available.

"The BFI Film Academy is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career in the film and media industry, whether as a script writer, set carpenter, cinematographer or director but you don't have to be currently studying film or media to apply."

"Somerset Film welcomes applications from those ideally who have already made their first short film, either with family and friends on a mobile or as part of school/college coursework. However, the most important thing is that applicants demonstrate their love of film."

"Alumni from previous academies continue to receive support and information from all the organisations involved and last year they visited Pinewood Studios for a training session with Sony on their latest 4k cameras."

You can download an application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd January 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 25th January 2017. Call Natalie on 01278 433187 for further details or email


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