Bournemouth Film School, based at AUB, is celebrating over 50 years of excellence in Film, Animation and Visual Effects. To mark this special occasion, we are running a special competition in the lead up to the Oscars, celebrating our Alumni Movie Makers in the industry.

Students and alumni from BA (Hons) Visual Communication and BA (Hons) Graphic Design created the giant type for our ‘quotes in the sand’ competition, under the guidance of alumnus Mark Sephton of Creative Forager. The quotes were filmed in locations around Bournemouth Pier, using a drone – you can watch the BFS video here.

Our competition features these famous quotes – all of which are from films that BFS Alumni have worked on. We are leaking these over on our Twitter and Facebook channels, inviting people to guess which film the quote corresponds with, and uploading the stories of our talented alumni.

Exciting film-related prizes are announced to the winners of the competition.

Bournemouth Film School (BFS) began in the 1960’s and has gone on to become the UK’s largest film school outside of London, with an international reputation in the film industry. BFS Alumni have worked on some big blockbuster films over past few years, with Spectre, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Avengers and Gravity, to name just a few.

BFS student films are regular winners at both the Kodak and Royal Television Society Student Awards. Student films ‘Killing Time’ and ‘Mohammed’s Daughter’ have even been nominated for BAFTA awards.

Alumni of BFS have also gone on to become prominent in the industry and award winning. Some notable BFS Alumni include Simon Beaufoy, Chris Dickens, Nick Love, Suri Krishnamma, Sara Sugarman, and Mel Giedroyc. AUB has an industry employment rate of 97.4% within 6 months of graduating*; the dominance of AUB Alumni in the industry has led to them even being known collectively as ‘the Bournemouth Mafia’.

Simon Beaufoy, Alumnus and Screenwriter (Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger Games: Catching Fire) said: “BFS runs like the industry. You had to present films and pitches. You had to work with directors, you had to work with a script, and use professional actors. It was made this way deliberately, to replicate the industry, which gives students a great head start. It was the best two years.”

Former Principal and Vice Chancellor of AUB, Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE commented: “Bournemouth Film School is proud of its rich history spanning more than 50 years of Film Production, Animation Production and latterly Visual Effects Design and Production at Arts University Bournemouth. Key to this longevity is the underpinning ethos of AUB’s learning and teaching – creatively driven, vocationally focused and supported by state of the art equipment and facilities.

“Implicit to the student experience is the importance of teamwork and collaboration between disciplines; not just those within the school but also the wider university with courses such as Costume and Performance Design, Acting and Make Up for Media and Performance.”

BFS is fortunate to have an outpost of an international visual effects company, Framestore on their doorstep. Students and graduates are able to work with multi-award winning companies before they’ve even stepped off of the campus.