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Budding Film Directors Join the BFI Academy

Published: October 17, 2018

Cornwall College Camborne

An exciting programme which offers young filmmakers the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with professionals from the industry, starts this month.

In partnership with Plymouth College of Art and the British Film Institute (BFI), focus is on developing skills, knowledge and creativity in this fast paced and rewarding industry.

Two lucky participants who are both currently studying Level 3 Media & Film at Cornwall College Camborne, have been chosen to take part; after submitting a detailed application.

Lauren Mann from and Ellie McNair both from Redruth, are on their first year of their vocational course, which teaches all the essential disciplines prior to university study.

Lauren said, “I wanted to take part in the BFI Film Academy as I felt it would open up a lot of doors for me in the future, and it was too good of an opportunity not to apply.

“Plus I struggle a lot with my confidence, and I felt that BFI could help me build up my confidence and at the same time give me a larger skill set.

“Attending BFI will also be an excellent chance for me to network and meet other like-minded people”.

Applying for a place on the popular academy was no mean feat to wannabe filmmakers of the future. Lauren explains, “The application process included a series of in-depth questions asking why we would like to do the course, why we think we deserve to have a place and what we hope to achieve.

“For me this was easy as I’ve always wanted to become a director, so I wrote a lot about my hopes and dreams”.

Becky Smith, Course Lead, Media, Cornwall College added, “This type of student enrichment is essential as it demonstrates real world working and adds to the overall experience helping to build ideas and special interests”.

“We have a very successful media department here and over the past twelve years have won more awards than any other college in Cornwall”.

Ellie McNair, concluded, “I’m so looking forward to taking part in this BFI programme, it has a very good reputation and is highly regarded.

“Wanting a career in the film industry is tough and you have to be passionate, committed and willing to grasp any opportunity with both hands.

“Attending the BFI Academy is hopefully the first of many opportunities”.

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