BFI Film Academy Network Programme

Cinemagic is delighted to deliver another BFI Film Academy Network Programme and congratulate our fantastic students who were successful in their application to the Academy.

Over the last 3 years, 18 talented filmmakers per year, from Northern Ireland were selected from a wide-pool of applicants and awarded places on the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Cinemagic.

The programme equipped young filmmakers, passionate about film, with the knowledge, skills, insight, confidence and practical training to help lay strong foundations for their pursuit of a career in the film industry.

Since its launch in 2013, a number of invited guests from the film industry met with the participants to talk about their aspiring careers. Industry professionals who shared their skills and experiences with the young people included producers Mark Huffam (Saving Private Ryan, World War Z), Iain Smith (The A Team, Children of Men), Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C. L. E, Skyfall), Gareth Ellis – Unwin (Oscar Winner for The King’s Speech), Jessica Malik (Zaytoun), actress Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey), screenwriter Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels, Disney’s TinkerBell and The Secret of the Wings), director Tony Mitchell (The Bible), filmmakers Terry Loane (Mickey Bo and Me), Brian Henry Martin (The Ulster Covenant), BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated short film director, Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham), casting director Georgia Simpson, and industry professionals, Alison Crinion, Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Make-up artist Christine Blundell (Sherlock Holmes, Legend and Paddington), Video Assist/Playback Operator Lisa Trinder (Game of Thrones),  Andrew Tohill (Road) and Ryan Tohill (Game of Thrones). The participants were also given insights to various areas of the film industry by representatives from Northern Ireland Screen, University of Ulster, Creative Skillset, Queen’s University and Sixteen South.

This year the students were treated to a Creative Value Masterclass delivered by Alison Crinion, Communications Director – Irish Industry Trust for IP Awareness. The message here was to get young filmmakers in the habit of protecting their work and placing a higher value on their creative outputs – even on social media.
For more information on the work of the Industry Trust click on

After the masteclass Alison joined fellow panellists Terry Bamber and Peter Weil to view the excellent Two Pawns and Trick or Treat screenings. The future of filmmaking is in safe hands
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