It’s the second year that Brighton Film School has run a BFI Film Academy course and our recent graduates have plenty to celebrate!

During the five-month course led by filmmaker Eva Riley and Course Co-ordinator Debbie Plentie, the 21 students successfully completed two short films, Unaccompanied and First Encounter, which premiered at a Dukes Komedia screening in April.

First Encounter from Brighton Film School on Vimeo.

That’s not all – three students, Athénaïs Laffont, Primrose Elliott-Pears and Lotte Nurmela (who completed last year’s Film Academy) were also chosen for the prestigious Residential course run by the National Film and Television School.

Film Academy courses offer 16-19-year old’s from any background the chance to gain the skills, knowledge and experience that will help them enter the film industry.

This year’s students received over 40 hours of industry standard training through a combination of workshops, practical skills and masterclasses featuring filmmakers Julian Kerridge and Robbie McCallum, CINECITY Festival Director Tim Brown and TV Production Co-ordinator Alex Ward. The students also completed the NCFE Level 2 Award in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.

Details of future Film Academy courses will be announced soon.

Unaccompanied; from Brighton Film School on Vimeo.