Over the October 2015 half term eighteen young filmmakers aged 16-19 attended the BFI Regional Academy which was hosted by Long Road Sixth Form College. Level 3 Applied Media teacher Barney Oram reports:
“This fantastic opportunity was possible due to the work of the Cambridge Film Consortium, to which Long Road belongs. The eighteen filmmakers who were successful applicants to the BFI Regional Academy included a number of current and former Long Road students. During the week the participants planned, shot and edited original short films, listened to a series of presentations from industry professionals and academics, and visited the National Film Archive.
“The week started with the series of presentations: Iranian-American film director, Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele (from Parkville Pictures), director and producer respectively of Appropriate Behaviour; Stefan Georgiou, director of Dead Cat and actor George MacKay who has starred in Pride, For those in Peril and Sunshine on Leith. This was followed by sessions from scriptwriter Rick Harvey, cinematographer Neil Oseman and filmmaker and ex Long Road student, Ryd Cook. The participants then went on to make their films and visit the Film Archive.
“The BFI Regional Academies are now in their fourth year and have proven to be an excellent step for young people looking to make short films and find out about what it is like to work in the film industry. Participants in the Regional Academy can then apply to the National Academy at the National Film and Television School. Students from Long Road have been successful on both the Regional and National Academies with over 20 students having taken part in the Regional Academy, and three students, Abbie Loosemore (Scriptwriter), Freddie Wright (Cinematography) and Hannah Gautrey (Directing), having been accepted at the National Academy.”