Reel Solutions are proud to have delivered film schools to young people in Yorkshire in partnership with the BFI since the start of the scheme BFI Film Academy programme in 2011 and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew over so many years to build careers in a range of roles in film, TV and XR.
The BFI Film Academy programme provides amazing opportunities for ambitious 16-25 year olds, delivered at over 50 locations across the UK and supported by the Department for Education and the National Lottery, to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries through Short Course Academies, Specialist Courses, Future Skills Traineeships and Labs and Scene.
We believe in our young future filmmakers' enthusiasm, their talent and their ambitions and feel hugely privileged to have been able to help support and play a role in enabling so many young people's dreams over more than 10 years. We helped expand their horizons and experience and ultimately helped many to enjoy successful careers in the UK film industry. Our introductory hands-on filmmaking course in Bradford for talented and committed young people aged 16-19 ran for 8 years and helped build knowledge and skills and show the different pathways into the industry for hundreds of young people in the Bradford area. Whether they wanted to test the water or improve their existing skills gained at school, college or at home. BFI Film Academy Short Course Bradford provided the very highest quality film skills training and supports every participant to have fun with filmmaking processes, gain confidence, new skills and learn more about careers and make connections in our thriving Yorkshire film network.
Many of our Bradford alumni went on to work in a range of different careers in film and television and further learning opportunities such as one of the BFI Film Academy’s intensive specialist courses. In terms of careers many of our alumni have continued to make their own films and pursue a range of different screen job roles and many now work in different areas of the industry - VFX, video production, camera persons, have started their own production companies, written films, work in film education (one of our alumni is now taking over the reins and helping run the BFI Film Academy Short Course Bradford), taken up positions at BFI Head Office, joined BFI schemes such as the BAFTA mentoring scheme and Warner Bros film production internships. We like to think that because all our courses always included leading industry professionals, many based locally, who gave our participants a unique insight into the filmmaking business and connected participants with local film organisations or departments, that everyone who attended one of courses was inspired to achieve their dreams and made to feel that success was always that little bit closer and within reach.
Many thanks to all our brilliant partners and supporters over the years who helped make the BFI Film Academy Short Course Bradford a success each year - University of Bradford, Light Cinema Bradford, Nicci Topping Casting, Interspace Media, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford College and Turnstone Media. Thanks too to the many schools, colleges, local organisations and individuals who supported us in helping spread the word to as many young people as possible in the West Yorkshire area year after year.