Initiative will help train young people

LONDON

The British Film Institute has announced the 24 regional partners in its BFI Film Academy Network, designed to help 16-to-19 year olds develop new skills and build a career in the film industry.

The program, part of the BFI’s “Film Forever: Supporting U.K. Film 2012-2017″ plan unveiled in October, has received £3 million ($4.8 million) from the Dept. for Education in England.

The Film Academy Network will offer courses on development, production, post, marketing and PR, sales, distribution and exhibition to help young people develop commercial and cultural knowledge and skills they will need to start a career.

Participants who complete courses will be offered a range of opportunities including apprenticeships and employment.

“The new academy is open to young people from all backgrounds and will play its part in helping ensure the British film industry remains competitive,” said Michael Gove, secretary of state for education.

Over the next four months the partners, which come from a diverse range of film and media training bodies, universities and delivery experts in the cultural and education sector, will work alongside the BFI and its strategic partners, BAFTA, Creative Skillset and Pinewood Studios, to offer learning experiences to nearly 500 teens.

In March up to 50 highflyers will attend a Talent Campus to help develop their skills further and determine next steps in training opportunities and future employment in the film industry.

“Film and the creative industries as a whole are at the heart of the U.K.’s economic recovery,” said BFI CEO Amanda Nevill.

“Film makes a multi-billion contribution to U.K. GDP. To ensure further growth we must find, encourage and nurture the talent of tomorrow. This project is designed to do just that.”

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