Beta FilmWorks awarded £15,000 for British Film Institute pilot


Beta FilmWorks has been awarded a grant of £15,000 to deliver a three-month pilot project for the British Film Institute.

Beta FilmWorks is a consortium of Leeds-based organisations made up of Access Moving Image, Leeds Young Film, NE Leeds City Learning Centre and is led by Reel Solutions.

The aim of the project is to identify and engage with talented young people between the ages of 16-19 across West, North and East Yorkshire and invite them to participate in a new, groundbreaking film learning programme.

The programme is structured to include access to film industry professionals, a ‘hands on’ look at film production, the opportunity to develop film critique skills, visits to independent cinemas and devising & delivering a session at the 14th Leeds Young Film Festival taking place at Easter 2013.

Participants on the programme will be working towards the Silver Arts Award and supported throughout by on-line learning and face to face modules.

During February the students will have a week of intensive training in Leeds to acquire skills in screenwriting and film production.

Beta FilmWorks are inviting an online application, the deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 19th December and the successful applicants will be informed on Friday 21st December in order to start in the New Year on Jan 12th. Our online application is now live and can be found at http://betafilmworks.org.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people with a desire to excel at film production in all of its spheres. Beta FilmWorks will identify several young people from this initial cohort who will go onto attend the BFI’s residential Talent Campus later in 2013.

Geraldine Walker speaking for Beta FilmWorks said: “We are very happy to have been selected to be one of the two pilots in Yorkshire and incredibly excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the region’s next generation of aspiring young filmmakers to help them on the next step of their careers”.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure & skills, Leeds City Council said: “I’m delighted that Leeds has been chosen to host a regional academy for the BFI. We are home to an emerging film sector here in Leeds and initiatives like this will help to ensure a whole new generation of young people experience and get excited by film. I know we will work closely with the new Regional Film Academy to take this work to another level.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, Leeds City Council said: “It is fantastic news that Leeds will be hosting one of the BFI Regional Academies and I am really excited about the creative opportunities it will bring for children and young people... This is a wonderful achievement as Leeds was facing some stiff competition, but I think that we will prove that the right choice has been made. Our ambition to become a Child Friendly City is supported by opportunities such as these were children and young people really are at the heart of what is being developed.”


For additional information contact:

Geraldine Walker Craig Lawson

E: geraldine@betafilmworks.org E: craig@betafilmworks.org

M: 07903 608191 M: 07946 350533