Students dream of the big screen and attend Academy Course


Twenty youngsters from Barking and Dagenham have been given every chance to fulfil their dream of appearing on the big screen and showcase their talents.

Film LBBD have teamed up with the British Film Institute and Young Film Academy to fund 20 places for local youngsters. The young people have been given the chance to appear on a ten-day film making course aged between 16 to 19 years old.

There has been considerable work going on behind-the-scenes and the borough has been privileged enough to host some of the biggest films and TV programmes.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to gain some core film-making skills and to also work with some industry professionals.

“Over the last two-years, our borough has hosted films from the likes of Marvel’s Doctor Strange to Avengers Assemble as well as major television programmes including Humans and Black Mirror.

 

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to gain some core film-making skills and to also work with some industry professionals’

 

“We are extremely passionate about supporting young, aspiring film-makers in Barking and Dagenham and this is the first step to doing just that.”

Costanza Fazi, Events & Partnerships Manager for the Young Film Academy is thrilled to see youngsters from the borough being given the opportunity to make their mark.

Fazi said: “The course is run by film industry professionals and participants will benefit from their tutor’s guidance and inside knowledge of how to break into the industry. The course includes workshops and masterclasses from some of the UK’s top film experts.

“The course concludes with a showcase screening, organised and marketed by the participants, who will create their own distribution strategy for their film.

“BFI Film Academy run by Young Film Academy is an amazing opportunity for students aged 16-19 to take their first steps into the film industry”.