The hugely popular BFI Future Film Festival returns to BFI Southbank from February 15 2017 for a very special 10th birthday edition. Blackmagic Design will be the first ever Headline Partner of both the festival and the BFI’s monthly Raw Shorts programme (soon to be known as Future Film Labs).
The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s leading industry festival supporting young filmmakers aged 16-25, providing them with insights and inspiration to make films, develop their filmmaking talents, and pursue careers in the film, television and creative industries. The full programme for the festival will be announced in early January 2017.
“We are thrilled and delighted to be working with Blackmagic Design as our Headline Partner,” says Noel Goodwin, BFI Future Film Festival Director. “It’s fantastic to see such passion and support for young filmmakers from one of the industry’s leading manufacturers. We’ve already begun to see the fruits of that partnership providing access to, and training on the latest digital film camera workflows. As well as making the tools available to our young filmmakers, Blackmagic will be bringing additional industry insights and expertise, and broadening the accessibility of our monthly Future Film events”.
The 10th BFI Future Film Festival will include over 60 industry workshops, practical masterclasses, panel discussions, screenings and Q&As, and networking opportunities, over five days to help aspiring directors, producers, cinematographers and more, take their filmmaking journeys to the next level. As part of this Blackmagic Design will be hosting a series of hands-on events that will enable young filmmakers to get to grips with, and improve their filmmaking skills, as well as running a drop-in centre where young filmmakers can get their hands on the latest digital film cameras and post production workflows.
“We are tremendously excited and honoured to be announcing this partnership with the BFI. The Future Film initiative plays an integral role in the recognition and development of young filmmaking talent,” explains Stuart Ashton, Director, Blackmagic Design EMEA. “That is why programs such as the BFI Future Film Festival are essential. With our help and support, not only will the BFI be able to grow the festival, but it will also be in a position to broaden access and improve the reach of its education initiatives.”
BFI Future Film doesn’t begin and end with the festival. Once a month on a Saturday young people can attend a BFI Future Film event at BFI Southbank, and from March 2017 these will be called Future Film Labs, which will support young filmmakers aged 16-25 with an afternoon of practical advice, information and resources to help them make films and develop their careers. At every Future Film Lab there will be a mini masterclass from headline partner Blackmagic Design and the chance to get advice on filmmaking practice and technical workflows, as well as drop-in script surgeries with Euroscript, casting sessions with Young Actors Theatre Management, and crowd funding advice from Live Tree.