BFI Film Club – Doncaster 2021 - Applications Now Closed


Following the success of the first BFI Film Club we are excited to announce that we will be delivering a second film club for the wider Doncaster area (including DN postcodes) with the support of the BFI, the National Lottery and DCMS.

This means we are once again searching for 15 enthusiastic 12 - 15 years olds from Doncaster, to take part in the prestigious BFI Film Club which will be delivered at CAST in Doncaster. The deadline for applications is Sunday 25 April, 5pm.

The course will run from Saturday 1 May until Saturday 26 June 2021, giving you the opportunity to develop your filmmaking skills, work with industry professionals and take your first steps into the film industry. The course will run between 9am-1pm every Saturday.

The filmmaking course provides the chance to learn essential skills such as scriptwriting, cinematography, video editing and acting. You will work alongside industry professionals to create a short film which will be screened at a special event at CAST in Doncaster later in the year. This is a fantastic opportunity for those new to filmmaking to explore this exciting subject. For experienced young filmmakers, the new BFI Film Club is a brilliant way to develop existing skills further.

The course fee is £25 for the nine week term. We offer a generous bursary scheme that will cover the course fee and any additional support you may require including travel to ensure there are no financial barriers to taking part.

The course will be delivered online through Zoom. We will provide updates throughout the application process and should Government COVID-19 guidelines change, we will switch to an in-person delivery approach at CAST Theatre in Doncaster. In the event that we move the course to in-person teaching, COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to and we will continually assess the safest and most appropriate way of conducting the course. All learners will receive film making equipment and films through the post so that they can engage with the course.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the BFI Film Club through an online form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 25 April, 5pm.

What is involved?

By taking part in the BFI Film Club, you will:

• Explore all aspects of hands-on filmmaking while working alongside well-known industry professionals.

• Gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema, providing you with skills and experience that are essential to becoming part of our future film industry.

• Watch a range of cinema and work with Directors, Actors and Writers from across the UK.

• Work in teams on a practical film-based project spread across nine weeks and show your film on the big screen in front of friends, family and filmmakers

• Become part of the BFI Film Club Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development after the course has finished.

Who can apply?

To apply for the BFI Film Club you must:

• Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course

• Be based in the wider Doncaster area (including DN postcodes)

• Have an interest in filmmaking

• Be able to commit to the duration of the course (9 weeks, 1 May – 26 June 2021)

Course Dates

2021 Course Dates

The course takes place across nine weeks on the following dates: 01/05/2021 - 26/06/2021

Saturday 1 May 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 8 May 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 15 May 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 22 May 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 29 May 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 5 June 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 12 June 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 19 June 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

Saturday 26 June 2021 (09:00 - 13:00)

The Speakers

Bill Buckhurst – Director/Actor

Bill is an award-winning film and theatre director. His debut feature, Pond Life (Open Palm Films), starring Esme Creed-Miles and Daisy Edgar Jones, premiered at the 2018 Leeds International Film Festival and was released in the UK in 2019. It was long-listed for 6 BIFAs including the Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director and Best British Independent Film. Having originally trained as an actor, he has directed theatre productions in the UK and internationally for more than ten years. His multi award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd transferred to the West End and Off-Broadway in 2017. In July 2021 he directs Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders in Sister Act The Musical at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Sally Cancello – Director / Actress

Sally Cancello is an award-winning actor, writer, director and producer based in Sheffield. Sally studied acting and theatre directing in London before progressing onto film. She started writing and filming her own comedy in 2014, going on to film 10 comedy shorts/sketches over the next 18 months. Sally entered The Funny Women Awards with her fifth short film Time Again, which then won "Best Comedy Short". She continued to make comedy films on zero budget until she secured BFI Network funding for her current short film, Fargate (which had its World Premiere at The Manchester Film Festival in March). She is currently working on a treatment for a comedy feature film (which also has development funding from the BFI Network) and is developing two ideas for TV.

Richard Heap – Director / Writer

Richard Heap has been making films for 20 years and recently completed the feature film The Runaways. Prior to this, he directed and co-produced four documentaries for the BBC and one documentary for Channel 4. All have received great reviews (‘Terrific’ – Guardian, ‘Brilliant’ – Daily Express, ‘Exemplary’ – Radio Times), one of which has been nominated for a prestigious Grierson award and another has been BAFTA long-listed. He has also made films for the United Nations, Sky Sports, English Heritage and British Mountaineering Council.

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