Set Ready Cornwall and ScreenSkills support screen in the South West

New and aspiring screen talent in Cornwall have taken part in a one-day event to support the growth of the county as a filming location with a second event targeted at students in Somerset. Set Ready Cornwall was held by the ScreenSkills in partnership with Screen Cornwall for those starting out in behind-the-camera roles in … Read more

Making Virtual Production Real: new season of ScreenSkills webinars and open days

A new season of ScreenSkills webinars exploring the rapidly evolving use of virtual production will take place this autumn followed by open days where studios big and small will open their VP stages to industry professionals.  The Making Virtual Production Real season will open in early November with a beginner’s guide to virtual production and … Read more

BBC Studioworks bolsters commitment to inspire and develop the next generation

BBC Studioworks is fuelling its commitment to building creative communities and investing in the future by providing much-needed access for the next generation of future talent. Following a successful pilot last year, eight more BBC Studioworks staff will mentor eight Elstree Screen Arts students starting in November. The programme, run in partnership with ScreenSkills, forms one … Read more

BFI announces UK-wide ‘BFI Japan’ events

The BFI has announced highlights of the UK-wide programme for BFI Japan 2021: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, coming to cinemas from October – December 2021. Highlights of the celebration will include a BFI re-release of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954), a BFI Japan Tour, featuring classics from Yasujirō Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, alongside cult titles from Kon Ichikawa and Toshio Matsumoto, which will feature many … Read more

BFI LFF announces projects and participants at second Works-in-Progress showcase

The second edition of the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express Works-in-Progress showcase will present seven new works made for cinema, television and immersive platforms by emerging British talent. Exclusive extracts from each project will screen, followed by a Q&A with the director and producer, to an invited audience of international buyers … Read more

The BFI announces 65th LFF industry programme

Following a year which has seen the world’s film and screen sector in a state of flux, this year’s BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express Industry Programme will explore the themes of Creativity and Convergence, with discussions and panel events exploring the shifting cultural landscape and the impact of new technologies. The … Read more

George Clooney and Jane Campion among talents added to LFF line-up

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has announced that the international premiere of George Clooney’s much-anticipated The Tender Bar has been added to the 2021 programme. Starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan and Lily Rabe, the film will premiere at the Southbank Centre in Royal Festival Hall with Clooney expected to … Read more

BFI celebrates Steve McQueen’s Small Axe with special weekend

Following the immense success of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series (lensed by DP Shabier Kirchner), the BFI are presenting a special big screen weekend dedicated to McQueen’s love letter to Black resilience, joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and food. Taking place at BFI Southbank from 22 – 24 October, the weekend will present all five … Read more

BFI Film Academy celebrates 10 years of supporting young filmmakers

The BFI hosted a special event at BFI Southbank to celebrate the BFI Film Academy’s 10th anniversary and the next generation of talented filmmakers it has supported. The flagship education and skills programme offers young people from anywhere in the UK, and from any background, opportunities to work in an exploding industry that is calling … Read more

BFI Southbank announce Denis Villeneuve in conversation

With Denis Villeneuve: The Path to Dune now in full swing at BFI Southbank (running until 5 October), the BFI has confirmed Denis Villeneuve in Conversation at BFI Southbank on 19 October. This fitting epilogue to BFI Southbank’s complete retrospective of Villeneuve’s work will offer audiences a rare chance to hear first-hand from of one … Read more

BFI announces François Truffaut season in 2022

The BFI has announced a new celebration of one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, film critic-turned-director, François Truffaut (1932 – 1984), taking place across the UK from January – February 2022. This major retrospective will include BFI Distribution re-releases of The 400 Blows (1959) and Jules et Jim (1962), a two-month season at BFI Southbank, a collection of films … Read more

BFI London Film Festival unveils 2021 programme

Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch are among the 159 features that will play the 65th BFI London Film Festival (LFF, October 6-17), which will also screen the first two episodes of the third season of HBO’s Succession, making it the European premiere of the anticipated series. … Read more

BFI and Open University announce new partnership with a programme of film short courses

The British Film Institute (BFI) and The Open University (OU) have announced a new partnership, with the first offering being three stand-alone short courses aimed at those with a keen interest in film and the media: ‘Reading the screen: an introduction to the art of film’ and ‘Media, Politics and Society’ launch in October this year, while ‘A … Read more

Edgar Wright curates new ‘London After Dark’ BFI season

To coincide with the release of Edgar Wright’s new film, the glorious homage to 60s Soho, Last Night in Soho (2021), BFI Southbank will host a special season curated by the director. Edgar Wright’s ‘London After Dark’ will introduce audiences to the films that inspired his latest work. Running from 18 October – 29 November, with selected titles … Read more

Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth to close 65th BFI London Film Festival

The 65th BFI London Film Festival (LFF), in partnership with American Express, has announced that this year’s closing night gala will be The Tragedy of Macbeth, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen, and from Apple Original Films and A24. The film will receive its European premiere on Sunday 17 October at LFF Gala venue the Southbank … Read more

The PGGB and BFC announces participants of diversity and inclusion mentor scheme

The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB), in partnership with the British Film Commission, has announced the participants for its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme which has matched 15 talented mentees with experienced industry mentors working in UK film and High-End TV production. Aimed at individuals working in all grades and departments represented by PGGB’S membership (including production, accounts, ADs, … Read more

Register now for BFI Film Academy 2021/22 (16- to 19-year-olds)

What is the Resource Productions BFI Film Academy? Led by Film Industry experts, the Resource Productions BFI Film Academy course covers every area of the filmmaking process, enabling young people aged 16-19 to gain a NCFE qualification and develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills needed to help make a career in film a … Read more

BFI Japan comes to big screens UK-wide

The BFI has announced the return of BFI Japan 2021: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, coming to cinemas UK-wide from October – December 2021. Highlights of the celebration will include a BFI re-release of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954); a two-part season at BFI Southbank focusing on the Golden Age of the studio system and the rise of the radical … Read more

BFI announces major celebration of award-winning writer/director Mike Leigh this Autumn

The BFI has announced a major UK-wide celebration of the career of multi-award winning writer/director Mike Leigh, one of Britain’s most internationally recognised and critically acclaimed filmmakers working today.  From Abigail’s Party (1977) and Naked (1993) to Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010), Leigh’s films are a testament to the power of cinema, fusing comedy with tragedy and the personal with universal themes such … Read more

Birds’ Eye View appoints Sheffield DocFest’s Melanie Iredale as director

The UK-based female-focused film organisation Birds’ Eye View has appointed Sheffield DocFest deputy director Melanie Iredale as its new director. Iredale will start in September, based between London and Sheffield. Her role fills the vacancy left by Mia Bays, who will leave her role as Birds’ Eye View’s director-at-large in October to become director of the BFI … Read more

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