Michael Mitchell Appointed Head of School at Screen and Film School Birmingham

26 June, 2024

Screen and Film Birmingham is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Mitchell as our new Head of School.

With a career spanning over a decade in the UK film and TV industry, Michael has made significant contributions as a producer and director. He has worked on more than 200 broadcast TV commercials and founded his own production company, through which he developed and produced an array of drama projects, including 13 short films for the UK Film Council and a feature film that gained recognition on the festival circuit. His work has earned him opportunities to participate in prestigious international film producer initiatives, most notably EAVE.

Transitioning to Education

For Michael, the transition from the film industry to an educational role was motivated by his desire to nurture the next generation of creative professionals. He draws on his extensive industry experience to inspire students to embrace their creative potential and equip them with the necessary tools to navigate an increasingly complex and dynamic world. Michael says:

“In the competitive screen industry, real-world skills such as adaptability, collaboration, and technical proficiency are invaluable and integral to success. Fostering a learning environment where creativity is celebrated and students are empowered to achieve their full potential is key for me.

Vision and Goals

Michael’s vision for Screen and Film School Birmingham is to receive its true recognition for its innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, and strong industry connections.

His aim is to nurture creative talent within our inclusive community where students can thrive, experiment, and collaborate. In the short term, Michael looks forward to further developing the school’s industry partnerships and building regional community engagement.

Long-term, Mitchell will continue to foster Screen and Film School’s strong alumni network to enhance the student experience, and implement sustainable practices in all aspects of the school, from production processes to campus operations.

Leading Screen and Film School Birmingham

Already familiar with Screen and Film School’s industry-focused approach to screen education, Michael felt it was an opportunity he had to pursue.

One of the most compelling aspects of this opportunity for Michael was the dynamic and fast-growing screen and film scene in Birmingham:

“With Screen and Film School being located in Digbeth, the epicentre of this dynamism, this is perhaps the most exciting place to be as a developing new filmmaker.”

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The Appeal of Birmingham

Birmingham offers a vibrant arts scene that facilitates easy access to crucial creative partnerships. Whether it’s actors, musicians, or dancers, the city’s rich cultural diversity ensures that filmmakers can find the talent they need.

Birmingham is also a thriving hub for the film and TV industry, characterised by continuous growth and a deep-rooted heritage that resonates locally and beyond. The city’s culture and infrastructure support the film industry with robust industry infrastructure, studios, production facilities, and a vibrant arts scene that ensures access to diverse talent.

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Engaging with the Local Film Community

Michael plans to continue to develop our robust ties with the local film community in Birmingham, and with industry professionals. He says:

“We prioritise collaboration with local practitioners by inviting them to lead workshops and masterclasses designed to deliver current industry insights and practices. This approach enriches our curriculum with relevant, up-to-date education and provides students with direct insights from active professionals.

“We actively engage with local film festivals and filmmaking industry groups. Participation in these events allows our students to showcase their work, network with industry insiders, and gain valuable feedback. Enhancing our visibility within the local film community, fostering partnerships and potential collaboration opportunities.

“Our strategy emphasises practical learning, professional networking, and community involvement, creating a dynamic educational environment that equips students with the skills and connections necessary to thrive in the competitive film industry.”

Unique Opportunities for Students

Students at Screen and Film School Birmingham benefit from unique opportunities that set the school apart from other locations. The proximity to a thriving film community in Birmingham provides direct access to local practitioners, studios, and production companies, facilitating valuable industry connections and practical experience.

The school’s commitment to partnerships with local practitioners ensures that students receive education that is both current and relevant to the local industry landscape. Combined with state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive community environment, students graduate with the skills, connections, and confidence to succeed in the competitive film industry.

Michael Mitchell brings a wealth of experience and a passionate vision to Screen and Film School Birmingham, aiming to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers in a city rich with opportunities and creative potential.

Welcome to the Screen and Film School community, Michael!

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