Screen and Film School Birmingham partners with Birmingham Film Festival to support local filmmakers

16 November, 2020

Screen and Film School Birmingham is sponsoring Birmingham Film Festival 2020, which is taking place online on Saturday 21st November in the form of an Awards Gala.

Featuring a diverse range of thought-provoking films ranging from music videos, feature films, short narratives, and animation the film festival supports up and coming filmmakers which resonates strongly with the ethos and ambitions of Screen and Film School Birmingham.

Sponsors of the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best First Time Filmmaker’ awards, Screen and Film School Birmingham are offering a £500 prize fund to each of the award winners to continue to support them with their journey to a successful and sustainable career in film.

CEO of Birmingham Film Festival Dean Williams, said: “I’m really looking forward to working alongside Screen and Film School, it’s a great fit as we share the same core values in helping up and coming filmmakers with a gateway to industry and providing them opportunities and a platform to realise their dreams in a very exciting industry.”

Dean Williams will also be a part of the first virtual Open Day for Screen and Film School Birmingham on Saturday 21st November offering a unique insight into how film festivals run, top tips for submitting films and why the film industry in Birmingham is thriving.



Nearly 200 films were shown in the 2019 film festival with over 1,000 films submitted. With an ambition to become a key destination for film premieres, Birmingham Film Festival and Screen and Film School Birmingham will continue to work together over the coming years to celebrate and promote the creative hub of Birmingham.

Screen and Film School Executive Principal Dara Kilkenny said: “We’re delighted be partnered with Birmingham Film Festival to celebrate filmmakers from a diverse range of communities and backgrounds internationally. Knowing that we have a hand in the filmmakers of tomorrow is what drives us, and we can’t wait to welcome our first intake of aspiring filmmakers next September in Birmingham to work with the film festival as well.”

One of the creative capitals of the UK film industry, Birmingham is home to several BBC facilities, and is one of the filming locations for the award-winning Peaky Blinders as well as a string of international cinema hits. Other Birmingham filmed blockbusters include Ready Player One, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Jawbone, Stan & Ollie and The Girl with All the Gifts.

Being at the heart of all this activity will provide Screen and Film School Birmingham students with a huge advantage when making all-important industry connections when the school opens in September 2021. The city is a place where innovation, creativity and technology come together amidst a variety of businesses including Maverick Television, BskyB, North One, and ITV.



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