What is the shmu BFI Academy

Station House Media Unit [shmu] has been awarded £16,000 to deliver training and inspire the next generation of local film making talent. Station House has been making films in the North East of Scotland for 15 years and have secured funding to deliver our second prestigious BFI Film Academy programme. The programme will run from October 2015 to February 2016, with 16 young people being chosen to take part in a 12 week course with Industry professionals and film practitioners.

Murray Dawson CEO comments

“We have been training young people in the skills of film making for many years and the BFI Film Academy is a fantastic addition to our programmes.”

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme. 

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said: "The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow's film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We're proud that through the BFI Film Academy young poeple of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. We would like to thank the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK."