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Bournemouth Film School launches Director Lab in partnership with BFI NETWORK SW


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Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)’s Bournemouth Film School (BFS) is pleased to announce a new Director Lab in partnership with BFI NETWORK south west providing an in-person day of tutor-led masterclasses, workshops with professional actors, and the chance for attendees to be offered £2,000 from BFS to make a micro-short.

Led by writer-director Dee Meaden, the workshop will take place in Bournemouth on Friday 14 June from 10.30-18.30. The morning will focus on directing skills, guidance on working with actors and insightful discussion with the afternoon focusing on workshopping scripts, and one-to-one meetings with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives.

The micro-short commission, produced by BFS, will be for a film of up to four minutes, based on scripts supplied as part of the application, and the same script that will have been workshopped with the actors.

After the one-day Director Lab, participants will be asked to submit their final script to BFS, who'll then select two filmmakers to make their film in early July on the bespoke film set created especially for the Director Lab with BFS supplying all crew and equipment. The two writer-directors will also be given £2,000 each towards post-production and promotional costs.

William Shutt, Fund Manager at BFS, comments, "This partnership and collaboration with a BFI regional talent hub is the first of its kind, igniting excitement internally within BFI and, we’re sure will be eagerly received and equally celebrated with filmmakers.

"This is an important step for AUB and for BFS as it continues to solidify its glowing relationship with BFI and we explore further projects, initiatives and opportunities that will mutually benefit both organisations."

Who's the Lab for?

  • You must have previous experience in directing live-action fiction, or have drama-doc experience and the ambition to develop your scripted showreel.
  • You must be able to write, direct and deliver a micro-short within a strict schedule.
  • You must be a resident in the south west of England.
  • You must be over 18 and not in full-time education.
  • You must be able to attend one in-person day in Bournemouth on Friday 14 June, and be able to keep Tuesday 2 July and Thursday 4 July free if selected for the commission.
Heat map blue and orange image silhouettes, white label that reads 'BFI Network south west Director Lab'.

Applications for the Director Lab close on Friday 17 May

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