The BFI has invited a group of young people to programme their own film festival. The result is an exciting weekend of screenings, events and workshops at BFI Southbank.
The Future Film Festival has been programmed by a team of 16-23 year olds who want to take control of how they are seen on our screens. Tickets are free or just GBP2 making this a truly accessible event for all young people.
The festival presents the big screen premiere of WEST 10 LDN (2008), a hard-hitting urban drama from the team behind the controversial hit Kidulthood (2006). This new, made-for-TV drama shows a slice of life on a London Council estate. Son of Rambow (2008) also enjoys a special preview at the festival. This exciting new film from Garth Jennings, the director of Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), is a comedy which follows two boys with a video camera and big ambitions. Following the screening cast and crew will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.
Programmer Sarah Marchesi, aged 17, was keen the festival offered "a different perspective of young people" as she is tired of seeing young people painted as criminals and delinquents. Young People and the Media is an event which offers audiences a platform to debate how they are represented on screen with those working in the media. Topics will include why the 'happy-slapping' and 'hoody-wearing' British youth depicted in drama and on the news, is not one that the majority of young people actually relate to.
The festival will provide practical advice for those who are interested in getting into the film and television industries. In the Animation Workshop and Scriptwriting Workshop young people have the rare opportunity to hear advice directly from those working in these specific fields. Getting started in Film-making will tell you all you need to know to start making your own film, while The Pitch will see media professionals reviewing a selection of short films made by young people, highlighting the positives and offering constructive advice on how they can be improved.
If you're under 24, send us your film and we will put it before our panel of experts who will praise your successes but also constructive advice on how it could be improved.
Non film-makers are also welcome.
Panel includes Tom Harper (Director, Cubs) and Lina Prestwood from Current, the on-line peer to peer news network.
See our website or e-mail Tim.Hunter@bfi.org.uk for details of how to submit your film. Films must be received by 12 Mar.
Sun 16 Mar 15.00-17:00, Delegates' Centre
FREE - to book, see below
All screenings and workshops have an age restriction of 15+
For free events booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7815 1337.