Future Film Festival


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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.

Animation Workshop

Want to find out all the best animation secrets from a professional animator? Create your own short animations at this FREE workshop for beginners.
Sat 15 Mar 14:30-17:30, Learning Space
FREE - to book, see below

Scriptwriting workshop

Are you interested in script-writing? Would you like to hear how it's done from a top professional? Daisy Alsop has worked on scripts such as Five Children and It will give her top tips and best advice and will answer any questions you have.
Sat 15 Mar 14:30-16:00, Learning Space
FREE - to book, see below

Young People and the Media

Happy-slapping, hoody-wearing, binge-drinking delinquents is how the media portray young people. But at the same time we hear that young people need to be protected from swearing, sex and violence on screen. If you've got something to say about this come and join the debate with other young people and some of the people who are responsible for putting young people on our screens in news and drama. A selection of the best short films about young people will help provoke discussion.
Sat 15 Mar 18:20, NFT2
Tickets 2

PREVIEW: Son of Rambow

Make believe. Not war.
Come and see this exciting new film from the director of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy before anyone else. This comedy about friendship, faith and the weird business of growing up, follows two boys with a video camera and even bigger ambitions. Following the screening, cast and crew will be on hand to answer your questions.
Sat 15 Mar 20:45, NFT1
Tickets GBP2

Special FX (on a budget) workshop

Ever wondered how film-makers create the magic you see on screen?
This free introduction to special effects will give you some pointers on creating cheap and quick effects for your films.
Sat 15 Mar 14:00 - 16:30, Project Space
FREE - to book, see below

The Pitch

Have you made a short film? Would you like to know what the professionals think?

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

Getting started in Film-making

Our panel of experts will tell you everything you need to know about working in the film industry. The panel includes Tom Harper (Director, Cubs) and Lina Prestwood (Current), other guests tbc. Includes screening of several short films.
Sun 16 Mar 18.10 NFT3
Tickets GBP2


Check out this brand new BBC drama before everyone else. This hard-hitting urban drama from the team behind Kidulthood shows a slice of life on a London Council estate. Elesha and her family move in and soon get caught up in lives of the locals.
We are hoping the director and members of the cast will be on hand to answer your questions following the screening.
Sun 16 Mar 20.30 NFT3

All screenings and workshops have an age restriction of 15+

Booking information

Ticket prices are published next to each event, and advance booking is advised.

For free events booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, e-mail learning@bfi.org.uk or call 020 7815 1337.

  • Free or £2


BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
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Box office: 020 7928 3232

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