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BFI and FutureLearn launch free filmmaking course

BFI and FutureLearn launch free filmmaking course
David Wood
27 November 2014

The BFI’s has launched a free online course in basic filmmaking with online education service FutureLearn and the National Film and Television School.

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen is supported by the Lottery-funded BFI Film Academy and provides opportunities for aspiring filmmakers aged 16-19 to learn more about the film industry and the range of disciplines it encompasses.

Available now to sign up for, the course will begin on 2 February 2015 and will run for six weeks.

It will see a team of award-winning filmmakers – whose credits include The Crying Game, Leaving Las Vegas and Touching the Void – guide learners through their own approach to telling stories.

They will also demystify their individual filmmaking specialisms – from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing.

The partnership reinforces FutureLearn’s commitment to building a portfolio of career-enhancing courses for the creative industries, as part of its line up.

The BFI, in turn, will use the relationship to open up access to breadth of opportunity in the filmmaking industry to a worldwide audience, complementing its already extensive education programme.

FutureLearn offers free, web-based courses from universities, cultural bodies and other centres of excellence around the world.

Set up by The Open University as the UK’s first provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), FutureLearn operates as a social learning platform, connecting people around the world who learn by having conversations around course material provided by world-class educators.

BFI’s head of education Paul Gerhardt said: “This important new initiative will extend the reach of the highly successful BFI Film Academy programme.”

“FutureLearn provides an opportunity to connect with even more talented young film makers, and to inspire them to join the creative production sector.  The BFI has always had an education mission and we are delighted to be able to join this great experiment in social learning.”

The BFI joins 39 internationally renowned universities and three cultural bodies in the FutureLearn partnership – the British Council, British Library and British Museum – delivering free short courses to anyone with an internet-connected device.

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