Published: 05/01/2016 11:55 - Updated: 05/01/2016 12:04

North teenagers offered film school opportunities

Highland film students' work could be screened at festivals worldwide.
Highland film students' work could be screened at festivals worldwide.

NORTH teenagers can take a first step towards a film industry career, thanks to the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy.

Highlands and Islands residents aged between 16 and 19 are being offered an intensive training course in film making, starting with a five day residential in Drumnadrochit, followed by three weekends at Eden Court in Inverness.

The course offers intensive training in storytelling, directing, production, sound recording, editing and camera, with the final aim of devising, shooting and producing a plot driven narrative short film. Working with key organisations and individuals within the film industry, participants will also gain an understanding of how to make a career in film a reality.

Participants will also work towards the completion of the BFI\Skillset Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification that will enhance their knowledge, skills, CV and further and higher education applications.

Previous participants have progressed from the academy onto college and university film and media courses, national residential courses in specialisms such as video effects, screenwriting, cinematography, onto film and television sets, and some have even started their own production companies.

Qwerty, the final film made on the 2014 Highlands BFI Film Academy has successfully screened at various festivals around the world, including Guam International Film Festival, Tilt Shift Festival in Salt Lake City, the Delta Moon Student Film Festival in California, and also the Scottish Youth Film Festival.

The film can be viewed at

The course will begin on Saturday February 13 with the five day learning and development residential and will then cover three weekends until Saturday March 5.

The cost of the Academy is £25 and includes the training plus accommodation for the residential and all meals. Bursaries are available for travel plus accommodation over the weekend dates.

Applications are now open and further information can be found at:

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