Opportunity: BFI Future Film Festival and Competition

The British Film Institute holds its annual festival for future filmmakers on 18 and 19 February 2012 for the 5th year. The hottest ticket in town for 15-25 year olds interested in a career in film. And to boot, they’re holding a competition to win a filmmaking workshop in Europe – Deadline tomorrow so hurry, hurry, hurry!

Project Name: Future Film Festival and The Winning Pitch!

Company/Organisation Name: BFI

For Age Group: 15-25

Art Form: Film

Level of Experience Required: n/a

Project Description/Aims: 

THE FESTIVAL: Future Film Festival is here to help you discover and develop your creative skills, showcase your talents and give you invaluable insights into the film industry. Some highlights from the weekend include sessions in:

BAFTA presents: Short Attention Span – how to make your short stand out
Music Video Masterclass with Ideastap
Making your first Micro-feature
BAFTA: Mastering Your Craft – Producing
Visual Effects workshop
Short Film Funding networking
Making your first independent feature
Film Critic Masterclass with Little White Lies
Animation Storyboarding workshop
Screenwriting: Crimes and Misdemeanours with Scriptfactory
Routes to success – Online v Offline debate
Documentary Pitching Masterclass and live Pitch
Blogging workshops

Check out the full programme here:


COMPETITION: As part of this year’s Future Film Festival, Doc Next Network is hosting the Pitching Masterclass with an industry professional on 19th February at BFI Southbank. Before the event, the BFI are asking you to send them a 140 character pitch for a documentary you’d like to make. They will then select six finalists, who will be invited to the Festival and given a free weekend pass. These finalists will have to pitch live at the end of the masterclass (so you should only apply if you can definitely attend the masterclass on 19th Feb!), and The Winning Pitch will get the opportunity to go to a filmmaking workshop with one of our partners in Amsterdam, Spain, Poland or Turkey, expenses paid!

Project Dates and Times: 

Festival: 18 and 19 February – 11-6pm

Pitching Masterclass for competition shortlist – Sunday 19 Feb

Venue: BFI Southbank

Cost to Participants: 

Free to enter the competition.

Festival Tickets are £5 for a one day pass for 15-18 year olds and £10 for a one day pass for 19-25 year olds. Planning to come for both days? Weekend passes are available by calling the Box Office, priced at £8 for 15-18 year olds and £15 for 19-25 year olds. Online bookers can claim a £1.50 refund on day tickets by contacting the Box Office. Please note that it’s not possible to book for individual sessions – ticket holders must register for sessions they’d like to attend on the day. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment as there are limited places for each session.

How to sign up/apply:

For the competition: Send your 140 character pitch for a documentary either by Twitter@BFI with the hashtag #FFPitch, or in an email to futurefilminstitute@bfi.org.uk

For festival passes contact the box office by phone on 020 7928 3232 – open daily between 11:30 am – 20:30 pm. Or book online clicking the link below and the green BOOK button next to the event title.


Competition entries must be received by by Wednesday 8 February

Winners will be notified on Monday 13 February

Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/learning/future_film_for_young_people/whats_on/5th_bfi_future_film_festival 

Twitter: @BFI

Facebook: BFI Future Film Club