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BFI Future Film Festival 2021 Announces Details of Free Events Programme

The 14th BFI Future Film Festival, 18-21 February 2021 – free Festival programme available online globally to aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25.

Special guests appearing virtually include director Remi Weekes, Turner-prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, the Art Department of SAINT MAUD, and more

The BFI has revealed the events programme for the 14th edition of the BFI Future Film Festival, which will take place online from 18-21 February 2021. Aimed specifically at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25, the events programme will be available for free, globally, via online platforms including BFI YouTube. The events programme offers young filmmakers a chance to hear from the best in the business, with special guests including Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, who will discuss the use of archive footage in filmmaking, and the Art Department of Award-winning psychological horror SAINT MAUD (Rose Glass, 2019), who will discuss how they worked together to design and create a bleak and unnerving world of faith, madness and obsession. Director of HIS HOUSE (2020) Remi Weekes and comedy producer and commissioner Phil Clarke (whose credits include BRASS EYE, I MAY DESTROY YOU and FRESH MEAT) will each lead one of the Festival’s popular daily ‘Hotspots’ (with further hotspot talent to be confirmed soon). There will also be sessions from comedian Hannah George, who has written more than 50 episodes of comedy and children’s TV and written and directed online sketches that have amassed over 120 million views, and experts from BlinkInk, who will discuss their work producing the official visualiser for Dua Lipa’s remix album CLUB FUTURE NOSTALGIA, which featured Dua’s collaborations with artists such as Mark Ronson, Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks.

The events programme will be divided into themes such as CAREER LADDER, STORYTELLING and BUSINESS OF FILM, to enable attendees to easily navigate the Festival, with further contributions from industry experts at Lucasfilm, E4, Somesuch and ScreenSkills, and sessions including Shooting on Film, How to Pitch Your Ideas for Television and How to be a Successful Freelancer. The Festival’s official partner Blackmagic Design will present virtual hands-on workshops in using its DaVinci Resolve editing software, alongside Blackmagic Design Lunchtime Lives, a series of filmmaker interviews on the BFI Film Academy Instagram page. This year a group of BFI Film Academy Young Programmers have developed and programmed an event called Let’s Talk About Sex Baby! This event will, with the help of film historians, sex educators and industry professionals, explore the history of sex on screen from censorship to ethical porn, and compare un-inclusive and misogynistic portrayals of sex on screen with those that are empowering, cinematic and artistic.

These events complement the film programme for the festival which was announced last week and features 45 short films by emerging filmmakers aged 16-25, all of which will be available for free on BFI Player (UK only) from 18-21 February. Award-nominees across ten categories will be in the running for prize money totalling more than ?10,000 and mentorships from industry leaders – the winners will be revealed at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 Awards Ceremony supported by Netflix, which will take place virtually on 21 February. This year’s Festival is completely free of charge thanks to support from Julia and Hans Rausing and is also supported by Netflix, the 2021 Festival’s Main Sponsor and year-round sponsor of BFI Festivals, as well as Blackmagic Design – one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology – who are an official partner this year.

The full programme and the schedule for events is available to explore now on the BFI website, with events open for booking now:


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