Press release issued on behalf of Somerset Film.

Are you 16-19 years old? Are you interested in pursuing your passion for film and seeing where it can take you? Then British Film Institute Film Academy short course is a fantastic opportunity for you!

The comprehensive filmmaking course will take place over weekends in January and February 2024. The BFI is once again partnering with Somerset Film, to deliver an exciting, action-packed filmmaking experience for young creatives in Somerset!

This is an excellent first step on the ladder for young, aspiring filmmakers looking to work in the film and media industry. The cohort will make films, receive masterclasses from industry professionals and receive career support, whilst working towards a nationally recognised Arts Award qualification. It’s also a great opportunity to find out about the many and varied roles in the film industry: from set design to electrical, from finance to casting.

Guest speakers for the January 2024 Academy include Jeremy DeCoursey, who was the Locations Manager for the recent TV series Lockwood & Co and has worked on feature films such as The Batman, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Paddington and Fast & Furious 6.

Guest speaker Lily Limmer, who was a Sustainability Coordinator for Warner Brothers and Apple TV, in this role, her responsibilities were to assess film productions and devise a plan to reduce their environmental impact. Lily currently works in the industry as a Producer and Director for adverts, music videos and documentaries.

Plus, guest speaker, James Holcombe, a filmmaker with decades of experience in photochemical film production. He will explore filmmaking and processing film with a Bolex camera in a 16mm Masterclass.

The BFI Film Academy short course costs £25 to participate, but if this is an issue, you are encouraged to apply anyway as bursaries are available and the fee can be waived. The course dates are: Saturday 13, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 January, Saturday 3, and Sunday 4 February 2024, from 10am to 5pm daily. The application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 3 January: You do not need to be studying media to apply.

BFI Film Academy short courses are supported by the Department of National Lottery funding awarded by the BFI , Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

If you have any questions about the BFI Film Academy course delivered by Somerset Film, we would be happy to answer them. You can email them at: or call: 01278 433 187. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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December 20, 2023

Jade Chant


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