BFI Film Academy 9 (2020)

Despite the huge challenges of running a filmmaking project throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we recruited 18 talented young filmmakers to take part in our ninth BFI Film Academy running from Oct-Dec 2020. Over 40 young people applied for this unique opportunity.

The HOME BFI Film Academy covers everything from practical filmmaking to film theory, programming, distribution and certification. It involves approximately 80 hours of training over 2 months and participants are guided through each stage by a team of industry professionals. As part of the project the group created a short documentary film. This year we needed to run the academy in a very different way due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so most sessions moved online and we dealt with the new challenge of having a socially distanced film shoot!

The final film, Living At A Distance captures a range of experiences of living through the first Coronavirus lockdown in the UK.

Click on a participants name below to find out how they got on during the academy by reading their personal blog.

Participants: Nicole Ablott, Elizabeth Adejumo, Imogen Bott, Heather Brookfield, Chloe Bush, Oliver Chadwick, Matthew Clayton, Daniel Conroy, Isaac Durbin, James Emmerson, Jacob Gainsborough, Daniel Gavin, Lachlan Cartwright Milloy, Katie Moore, Izzy Palmer, Anna Maria Papaoikonomou, Chiara Venetucci and Samuel Wild.

The Film: Living At A Distance

Faz Barber, Colin Britt, Michaela Howell, Eunji Noh, Amber Okpa-Stother, Jessica Palmer, Josh Palmer, Darren Pritchard, Lisa Redfern, Lorna Spencer, Luigi Venetucci, Michelle Wright

Workshop Leaders: John Grey, Judith Chan
Film Theory Course Tutor: Ellen Smith
HOME Engagement Coordinator: Ally Davies
HOME Young People’s Programme Producer: Christina Lydon
HOME Head of Engagement: Marisa Draper