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Film making success for Y11 student

Published on 04/02/20

Year 11 student, Natnael, has created a short film which premiered last month at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.

He was just one of 20 talented young people from South Yorkshire, chosen to take part in the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy programme, which provides the first steps into the film industry.

It took place over several months, with participants working every Saturday at the Showroom Cinema, immersed in all aspects of hands-on filmmaking. The students were taught by film industry professionals, equipping them with the practical knowledge and skills to make their own short films - as well as information about how to develop a career in the film industry.

Natnael and his team created a short film called 'Listen', for which he took on the producing role. You can view it and the other films made by local young people on the Showroom Cinema website here.

The film was premiered at the Showroom to an audience of friends, family, teachers, supporters, and Showroom Trustees. They also heard from the young people about what they had learnt from the experience - which ranged from 'how long  it takes to put just a few minutes of film together' to 'it's essential to learn to drive if you want to work in the film industry'!

The Showroom and BFI Film Academy will be running masterclasses in scriptwriting, producing, script editing and development, and acting over the coming months. Details will be published on their website.

Well done, Natnael! We are very proud of your achievement and hope you build on this success and make even more films!