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BFI Future Film Festival dedicates day to young documentarians

future-film-festival-2014-logo-230x170On Friday 21 Feb, the BFI Future Film Festival will return to London, and this year’s line-up will include a full day dedicated to documentary screenings and events.

The festival promises budding and experienced documentarians aged 15 to 25 years old “in-depth masterclasses, hands on workshops, screenings of the best new films by young, emerging filmmakers and inspirational Q&As”.

The event was set up to inspire and educate and its various sessions seem to do just this while giving participants the chance to network and gain valuable insights into the industry.

You can buy tickets now by clicking here, prices vary from £6 for a day pass to £20 for a weekend pass.

The day will be divided into three slots, with events running concurrently. Looking at the offer – the hardest task will be to pick your favourites.

At 11am participants can enjoy the following:

Future Film Documentary Awards, NFT3
 Here the BFI will be showing the top six short documentaries submitted to the festival this year as selected by The Future Film Institute (a panel of young programmers). All the films will receive feedback and an award.

Animated Docs with NFTS
Dick Fontaine, NFTS Head of Documentary and award-winning documentary filmmaker will give a talk titled ‘Reimagining Reality – is the truth in good hands in the hands of an animator?’ Using clips from several award-winning animated documentary films, this talk will explore whether animation connected to real life is authentic truth telling.

Ideastap presents… Entering the documentary industry
A good documentary can get the message across like no other way and take you round the world in the process. But how do you become a professional documentary-maker?

Youth Media Agency presents: TV presenting
An industry masterclass with a top TV presenter who will provide an insight into their career and offer advice to young aspiring presenters.

Making Mini Docs (with your phone)
Making films on your phone has never been easier. But making good films on your phone is a lot more difficult. Join the BFI’s resident Future Film tutor and compere Iyare Igiehon who’ll show you how to get the most out of your camera phone.

Developing and researching stories for documentaries
This masterclass will show how to find, develop and research great story ideas for documentaries.

BFI Future Film Academy: Career Talk
Join the team of young programmers from the BFI Future Film Academy for a specially curated event that will decide what career path you should take as a filmmaker.

At 1pm the event takes it one step further and the following sessions are offered:

Future Film short documentary selection
Check out some great short documentaries submitted to the festival this year as selected by The Future Film Institute (our panel of young programmers). This screening will showcase tomorrow’s talent and the future of documentary filmmaking.

The Evolution of the documentary with Sheffield Doc/Fest
Hussain Currimbhoy, Director of Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest, takes you on a journey through the evolution of documentary with a collection of his favourite films.

DocNext: Radical democracy
With recent documentaries such as Blackfish and The Act of Killing gaining attention towards the end of 2013, this panel discussion will look at documentary’s relevance as a tool for social change and political commentary. A screening of new documentaries commissioned by the Doc Next Network will accompany the panel, alongside information about a new call out for films from the Doc Next Network.

Into Film with the Grierson Trust
The world of documentary filmmaking is thriving here in the UK, but do you know your rig shows, from your ob docs, the docu-drama, to the big features that grace our cinema screens? This session is your chance to hear from commissioning editors about what they look for in a programme, what opportunities are available to new documentary filmmakers and the impact new technology is having on the different types of docs being produced.

Mouth That Roars BFI Film Academy presents… Challenging stereotypes, changing opinions,
A hands-on workshop exploring the power of documentary making both locally and internationally.

How to pitch a story, Learning Space 2
This practical workshop will introduce key elements of successful pitches including, how to prepare and structure a pitch, the importance of a good taster tape, and an exercise to pitch an idea for a short online documentary film.

BFI Film Academy showcase, Atrium
The BFI Future Film Academy have selected their favourite documentaries that have been made by BFI Film Academies across the UK for this special screening. There’ll be a chance to meet some of the filmmakers and find out more about how you can get involved with the BFI Film Academy.

Then at 3pm it is time for some relaxation (well, for some):

DocNext: European Souvenirs
A live-cinema performance through time and history, combining live music, DJs, VJs, animation and archive footage; an audio-visual spectacle not to be missed. Created by the Doc Next Network with 5 young European artists over several months.

Preview Screening: The Story of Children and Film
The world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. It’s a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood – its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness – as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries.

Keep it Real: Busting documentary funding myths, Studio
Luke Moody, Grants Officer at BRITDOC Foundation will offer some advice for emerging filmmakers about how to connect with funders and new strategies for reaching audiences. This session will be about film funding big and small, short and long – all essential to survive in the forever changing world of documentary.

Soundcheque presents: Documentary Dynamics, Blue Room
How to commission and edit music for documentaries. Learn tips, tricks and techniques on how music can make your story unforgettable.

Transmedia Documentary Filmmaking, Learning Space 1
This session will look at how to develop your ideas, projects and filmmaking skills with a Transmedia mindset.

Writing Facts: Telling someone else’s story
Unlike fiction films, documentaries have no fixed guidelines when it comes to telling a story based on the drama of real life. Fresh approaches to concept and style continually push the boundaries of the genre and demonstrate that documentaries can tackle challenging subjects in surprising and entertaining ways. This session delves into techniques of creating an engaging narrative structure in documentary films.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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