BFI Film Academy Recommends

Events and screenings across the North (or online) where you can

  • watch shorts made by other new and emerging filmmakers and get inspired.
  • Network or get industry insight
  • discover new and old film and appreciate and learn about the art of cinematic storytelling.

Last updated: 10 Feb 2022

  • In Chester – Storyhouse Young Film Programmers pick

Storyhouse Young Programmers have contributed  films and accompanying events to Storyhouse’s LGBTQ+ History Month in Feb

A Deal With The Universe + Q&A
Sun 13 Feb, 15:15
Transgender filmmaker Jason Barker’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child. With an exclusive recorded Q&A with Producer Loran Dunn & Director Jason Barker

Pariah + Round table discussion
Fri 18 Feb, 18:00
Embrace the story of Alike, a teenager from Brooklyn discovering and coming to terms with her sexuality. Followed by a panel discussion with members of the Storyhouse Young Programmers group.

  • In Berwick-upon-Tweed – SCREENTIME

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Berwick Young Programmers are excited to present SCREENTIME, a new initiative inviting young people aged 18 – 30 to gain first hand experience in programming cinema and producing screenings for an audience. All screenings take place at The Radio Rooms.

Thu 10 Feb, 19:00
Set in 1994, as the police are clamping down on illegal raves, we follow two friends Johnno and Spanner, in a story of friendship, class and rave culture

Sisters With Transistors + DJ workshop
Thu 17 Feb, 19:00
A rhythmic journey through the previously silent histories of women in electronic music. Edinburgh’s all-female DJ collective, MISS WORLD will be running an informal DJ workshop after the screening of Sisters with Transistors

Sing Street
Thu 24 Feb, 19:00
It is 1985, fifteen-year-old Dubliner Conor Lawlor is taken out of private school and put in a rough, strict Christian Brothers school. Though relentlessly bullied, Conor quickly finds his crowd here, forming a band to impress the mysterious older girl across the road.

  • In Sheffield – Showroom BFI Young Programmers Festival

The BFI Young Programmers Festival was planned and put together by 36 talented 16-19 year olds from this year’s BFI Film Academy Specialist Programming Course, which runs at Showroom Cinema each year. Each strand, film, event and discussion has been curated by young programmers from across the UK.

Perfect Failures
Sun 13 Feb
Celebrating films which were critically panned upon their release and have gone on to achieve cult acclaim. Includes screenings of Phantom of the Paradise and Jennifer’s Body

Living in Colour
Mon 14 Feb
A celebration of queerness and the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in film, celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community while also highlighting the realities they face. Screenings include Rafiki and Pariah.

Videogames in Film
Tue 15 Feb
A look at the representation of videogames in film to examine the relationship between the two forms of media. Screeninginclude Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World plus there’s a free board game session in the cafe ahead of the screenings

Identity and Self Discovery
Wed 16 Feb
A programme designed to celebrate filmmakers’ identities and discover what makes their films so recognisably theirs. Screenings include One Cut of The Dead and Sorry to Bother You.

The Overlooked
Fri 18 Feb
Dive into the work of film score composers who don’t identify as male with a focus on Wendy Carlos (The Shining) and Mica Levi (Under The Skin)

Dreams of The Future
Sat 19 Feb
Investigating the shifting power imbalance forever found between humans and A.I. as well as the common trope of humankind’s attempts to create a more technically proficient version of themselves. Featuring 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner

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Leeds Indis Festival
Fri 18 – Sun 20 Feb

Leeds INDIs Festival is dedicated to emerging film talent and film lovers. This 10th edition will take place entirely with a host of FREE events spanning three days. With a packed programme of masterclasses, workshops and screening we’ve only put a few highlights below so make sure you check the full programme!

Script Masterclasses & Surgeries
Throughout the festival
Industry professionals talk about their careers and the industry as a whole, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Three masterclasses will cover Genre, Drama and Horror. And if you have written a script and are looking for some advice there are script surgeries too!

Career Building: Pathways to the screen industries
Fri 18 Feb, 13:00
With so many routes through to the industry, it can be tough to know which is best for you. Hear from a range of course leaders, top freelance independents, regional and national organisations as they debate the importance of film school alongside alternative ways to ascend the career ladder

I Did It My Way: Building a career from the ground up
Fri 18 Feb, 15:00
Are you a young aspiring filmmaker looking to work in the film industry but not sure where to start? Join a sterling panle of independent filmmakers as they discuss how they started, how they built their careers in film from the bottom up, and how you can too.

Indis Film Competition Awards Night
Sun 20 Feb, 19:00
The INDIs Awards support and celebrate the best of emerging UK film talent, aged 15 to 25. Join the live stream as the jury of industry professionals present the final winners in all three age categories.

BFI Future Film Festival
Thu 17 – Sun 20 Feb

The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers. The festival runs across four days in February, with events and screenings taking place both online and in-venue at the BFI Southbank, all of which are focused on helping talented young filmmakers aged 16 to 25 to break into the film and screen industries.

There are a host of events available online and all the films screened will be available on the BFI Player for free from Thur 17 February until Thu 3 Mar 2022. You can check the full programme, including the events happening in person in london on the Future Film Festival website.