hree students from Media Production classes at Cottingham High School, Emily Richardson, Lewis Burton and Jamie Dixon, were selected to take part in a three month course from January to March 2013 called Beta Filmworks, created by the British Film Institute, Reel Solutions, Access Moving Image and the Leeds Young Film Festival. The students have had training through a mixture of face-to-face and distance learning using the latest on-line technology. The programme has offered the students an intensive insight into the processes of filmmaking from scriptwriting to distribution and exhibition, including creating a film for the Leeds Young Film Festival.
As part of this experience, the students were given the opportunity to apply for the BFI Film Academy Talent Campus delivered by the National Film and Television School, for a two week film academy project in April 2013. This is the first ever national residential of its kind, with places for 54 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts. On the 25th February 2013, Emily Richardson received the outstanding news that she had received a place on this prestigious course.
Emily said, “I was alone when I received the news and just wanted to share my excitement with everyone. It is an amazing opportunity and will open the doors for me into the London film production scene.