The hugely popular BFI Future Film Festival returns for the 7th year from 21-23 February 2014, with a packed line-up of workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities, screenings and Q&As at BFI Southbank. This year’s festival will welcome a variety of industry figures to discuss their careers and offer participants a valuable insight into the industry.
A highlight of the weekend will be a Q&A with Oscar and BAFTA winning Visual Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould (The Fifth Element, The Day After Tomorrow), who has just been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for his work on Gravity (Dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2013). Gravity is a towering British technical achievement, as well as being one of the most popular films of the year, and will be screened alongside Corbould’s Q&A.
For the second year the festival will be divided into three themes; Friday 21 February will focus on documentary, Saturday 22 February is all about fiction and on Sunday 23 February animation takes its turn. All three days of the Festival will feature workshops hosted by the BFI Film Academy, giving participants the chance to learn about the incredible opportunities on offer across the country, as well as showcasing work by recent talented Film Academy graduates. The festival will also host the Future Film Awards, with categories for documentary, fiction and animation in short and feature categories.
The festival is open to everyone aged 15-25, with ticket prices kept to a minimum so that everyone has a chance to attend. Aspiring film makers will be able to take part in sessions designed to inspire and develop their knowledge and skills and help them find their own pathway into the world of film. To accompany the Festival there will also be an exhibition of work by students who have been taking part in The Future Film Design Workshop, a practical workshop for design students with the final aim of creating the marketing campaign for this year’s Festival.
The Festival is designed for budding directors, writers, producers and those interested in other key roles to gain experience across animation, documentary and fiction film making. Whether you take part in one day or all three, Future Film Festival is an essential weekend for the next generation of film makers.
To check out the festival’s line-up or to book your tickets head over to the BFI’s website.