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After two weeks of workshops and expert tuition at the BFI Film Academy, 66 graduates aged 16-19 show their completed films at BFI IMAX. Nik Powell (Chief Executive, NFTS), Dr Jonathan Wardle (Director of Curriculum and Registrar, NFTS) and Amanda Nevill (Chief Executive, BFI) talk about the importance of providing opportunities for young people to build a career in the film industry.
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Dr. Jonathan Wardle
Today, after two weeks at the NFTS, we are showcasing the films from the BFI Film Academy Craft Residential. This year we got over 350 applications for the 66 places, and then, through a sifting process, we select them to come to the NFTS, and they spend a pre-weekend writing, another pre-weekend on production, and then they come for twelve days over Easter, and we end up here at the BFI IMAX.
At the BFI we know that the future of our industry rests on our ability to spot talent, wherever they might be, in the UK. And when we do find that talent, and you're all sitting here today, we will do everything that we can, to support you in your careers ahead.
I want all your families to know, sometimes I think it's not obvious to people, just how hard it is to make a movie, and just how hard it is to make a really cool movie. It is really hard.
I think this morning we're going to get to see, first hand, the very amazing work that you've achieved during your residential stay at the National Film and Television School.
[clip of Dust]
[clip of Wondrous World of Work]
[clip of Bus Stop]
[clip of White Rose]
[clip of French Cricket]
[clip of Canned]
So, now we're going to graduate the 2014 class of the BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.
I've watched a lot of film, a lot of TV, when I was younger, and so I thought one day, why not have a go at making it? I think.
I obviously already had a passion before I came here, but it has completely reinforced it. When you're living 24/7 for two weeks with 66 young people who are all passionate about film, it creates a buzz inside you that I don't think is going to leave. It's like a fever.
It was quite frustrating for me trying to make things, but I had no one to make them with. Now I've got so many people that I can just contact and be like, "Hey, do you want to make a film?"
I think the thing we are constantly amazed by, really, is how hard the young people work. Every year, well, the last two years, we have had to go round at 1 in the morning and say, "Guys, you've got to stop having production meetings and go to bed." I think it's always surprising, the commitment that they bring to it.
There's four of us from Northern Island, so we're hoping to all collaborate and get some films together and see what experience we can get outside of that as well.
It's been an incredible opportunity and I'm so glad that everybody has utilised it as well as they have done.
It's the best experience you can actually get from anything. I think, especially if you want to do film in the future.
I think this is one of the first times you see the BFI and the NFTS working hand-in-hand to deliver something. BAFTA and Hindberg and Creative Skill Set and all the funding bodies. And so that, in itself, all those people coming together, makes it quite a special experience for the young people. They feel like, actually the film industry is not a closed shop, it's open to them. We can give them a kind of adrenaline shot as they move forward in their careers.
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