BAFTA have announced that some very exciting events will be taking place over the next few months!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have teamed up with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to present a impressive series of masterclasses, for those of you who are dying to know just what goes on behind the scenes of the film industry.

Classes are led by award-winning professionals from the worlds of film, television and video games, and will take a look at the various stages involved in creating critically-acclaimed works.

Both BAFTA and the ICA have long celebrated the hotbed of cinematic talent within the filmmaking industry, and this three month series of talks will seek to share the secrets and experiences of the experts with us mere mortals and film-lovers. There will also be opportunities for audience members to put their own questions to these industry gurus.

Guest speakers include twice-BAFTA winner and composer Martin Phipps, whose latest score features on the much-anticipated Brighton Rock, as well as film title sequencers Nic Benns and Miki Katoin, who were BAFTA-nominated for their work on the TV series MisFits, and also worked on the film An Education, starring Carey Mulligan. Nicolas Chaudeurge will also be speaking about editing, having worked with director Andrea Arnold on Red Road, Fish Tank and her upcoming adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

For full details on all masterclass events, visit http://www.ica.org.uk/27551/Seasons/BAFTA-at-the-ICA.html

It seems that BAFTA have also given their website a bit of an update, and you can now check out award-winning director, Peter Weir, delivering the annual David Lean lecture at BAFTA’s London headquarters back in December – and we recommend that you do! Weir talks about the current film industry as well as offering advice to any first time directors.

Budding screenwriters, on the other hand, may also want to take a look at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, for tips and advice about how to make the big time. You’re welcome!

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