BAFTA Spreads Filmmaking Awareness in Schools

BAFTA Spreads Filmmaking Awareness in Schools
BAFTA Spreads Filmmaking Awareness in Schools

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that it is taking BAFTA members, award winners and nominees into schools and youth groups across the country to speak about their craft skills and career experiences.

The activity, in partnership with education charities Into Film, Speakers for Schools and STEMNET, aims to inspire young people from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries.

The speaker programme is part of BAFTA’s wider ‘Give Something Back’ campaign, which calls on industry practitioners to contribute to the organisation’s charitable activities by sharing knowledge and expertise with new and emerging talent.

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The call was made following the findings of the BAFTA Career Pathways survey, which found that contact with people in the industry was a key factor in persuading and supporting young people from non-traditional backgrounds into a career in film, television or games.

Here’s the list of planned talks:

Monday 7 July

Chris Payne, game mechanics programmer (LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and LEGO Batman series) – Rose Bridge High School in Wigan, Greater Manchester

Wednesday 9 July

Paul Viragh, screenwriter (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) – Roding Valley School, Loughton, Essex

Tazeen Ahmad, presenter (NBC News, Channel 4 News) – Colchester Sixth Form College, Essex

Friday 11 July

Chris Payne, game mechanics programmer – Wigan UTC Academy, Greater Manchester

Jimmy Akingbola, actor (Rev., Holby City) – Shenfield High School, Essex

Matthew Bird, producer (Inspector George Gently, The Street) – Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Kent

Thursday 17 July

Mark Sherwood, VFX producer (Games of Thrones, Snow White and the Huntsman) – Gravesend Grammar School, Kent

Tuesday 22 July

Spob O’Brien, hair and make-up artist (Rush, The King’s Speech) – The Swinton High School in Salford, Greater Manchester

Monday 15 Sept

Tazeen Ahmad, presenter – Alperton Community School in Wembley, London

Thursday 25 Sept

Tony Humphreys, producer (Test the Nation, Outside Bet) – King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, Essex

Wednesday 1 Oct

Richard Warlow, screenwriter (Ripper Street, Waking the Dead) – Brentside High School in Ealing, London

Friday 10 October

Richard Murrell, studio director (BBC News) – St John Payne School, Chelmsford, Essex

Friday 24 October

Richard Murrell, studio director – Shenfield High School, Essex

Schools and youth groups can request a BAFTA speaker directly from Into Film, Speakers for School and STEMNET.

Industry professionals can offer their support to the BAFTA ‘Give Something Back’ campaign.

Photo courtesy: BAFTA

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