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Want a career in the movies?
Youngsters wanting to make an imprint on the film industry can apply to take part in a new training programme.
Film Oxford, in Catherine Street, East Oxford, has been chosen by the British Film Institute (BFI) as one of 38 locations across the country to run the BFI Film Academy scheme.
The aim is to help foster the next generation of film-makers – allowing people to follow in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock and Powell and Pressburger.
The course will offer 18 people aged 16 to 19 the chance to learn skills in production, hear talks from industry professionals and visit places such as Pinewood Film and Television Studios in Buckinghamshire.
Film Oxford took part in the BFI’s Film Academy’s pilot scheme in February and is the only venue which will offer the course in the county.
It is on between Saturday, October 19 and Friday, November 22 – and for another five weeks next year.
Film Oxford’s centre director, Geron Swann, said: “We are really excited and it’s a real accolade for Oxford.
“We’re looking for young people who are passionate about film. They don’t have to have lots of experience, but just a real interest in it. Some of the children from our pilot have gone on to make films together, or applied to film schools.”
The programme has been developed through £2m funding given to the BFI by the Department for Education and the National Lottery to develop film education.
Mr Swann refused to say how much funding Film Oxford has received to run the programme, but said that the 38 partners across the UK could apply for up to £16,000 each.
Among the activities on the course are film analysis sessions at the Ultimate Picture Palace in East Oxford.
An intensive two-week residential film skills course will also be on offer at the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire during the 2014 Easter school holidays.
To apply, visit: filmoxford.org
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