THE NATIONAL YOUTH FILM ACADEMY, LAUNCHES THE PIONEERING NEW APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME AND WILL SOON BECOME THE BIGGEST SUPPLIER OF APPRENTICES TO THE UK FILM INDUSTRY
Twenty youngsters from across the UK, aged between 16 and 25 will this week start a 9 month apprenticeship scheme with the National Youth Film Academy (NYFA). Based in Newcastle and endorsed by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), the NYFA in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College’ offers a full time 9 month course to study, create films and work with some of the industry’s top professionals. The search for the next generation of UK Academy Award® winners starts here.
Supported by the BFI Future Film Directors Guild Trust and the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the NYFA is an organization created to locate, educate, develop and showcase the talents of exceptionally gifted young film-makers. The apprenticeship scheme gives youngsters from across the UK the opportunity to train with respected industry professionals and meet with like-minded people to write, film, produce and showcase their own film, all the time developing an industry-ready portfolio of work.
John Strang, NYFA’s Chief Communications Officer said:-
We are thrilled to welcome the first group of youngsters to this groundbreaking apprenticeship scheme. The UK film industry is hugely successful, and recognized throughout the world – schemes such as ours will help the next generation of filmmakers find work in a highly competitive industry, and ensure that the UK maintains its global position as a leading destination for movie making.
Students will spend their first two months learning the basic skills to ensure a successful career in the Film Industry. With support from their tutors, they will learn the roles within the production, director, writer, camera, sound, costume, art and editing departments. Months 3-6 will be spent working in a professional environment within the NYFA offices and their media partners. Industry professionals including producers, cinematographers, editors and film directors will be on hand to give one day master classes acting as mentors to the youngsters. For the final three months of the course, the NYFA will help to find work placements within the industry – arranging meetings with industry professionals with the aim of finding work on their production slate, and help build a CV with as many professional credits as possible ensuring that all of the participants are well connected within the industry as they seek permanent employment.