QUAD lays out the red carpet for BFI Film Academy Premiere 23-24

BFI Film Academy Premier takes place




QUAD showcases BFI Film Academy talent

06 March 2024

QUAD lays out the red carpet for BFI Film Academy Premiere 23-24

QUAD welcomed 20 talented young filmmakers from QUAD’s BFI Film Academy Short Course to showcase their short films BFI Film Academy Premiere on 9th February.

Over the past five months, the young filmmakers at QUAD have been responding to the theme of journey, using their interpretations to create three incredible short films. This premiere played host to these captivating films for the very first time. The films created during this project were: What I Am (dir. Izzy Gunn), Glass Lake (dir. Levia ‘Eve’ Randle), Don’t Say Sorry (dir. Maz Kanu) as well as Behind The Scenes of the BFI Film Academy 23-24 (dir. Abigail Archer and Rose Smith).

Funded by the British Film Institute and the Department for Education, QUAD delivers the BFI Film Academy Short Course to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 from the Midlands to develop the creative, commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to take their first steps into a career in the film industry.

Chris Bevan, BFI Film Academy Course Leader and Filmmaking Workshop Facilitator says:

“This year’s BFI Film Academy Short Course delivered by QUAD has once again provided incredible opportunities for young people to showcase their creative talents through film. Our guiding light has been the theme of ‘Journey’ and this is reflected in both the stories of the films produced and the overall experiences of our participants.

 We have been consistently impressed with the mature and professional way in which our three production teams approached their projects, as well as the strong sense of fun, friendship and collaboration which have been real highlights from the past five months of working together. In addition to their film productions, our students have worked towards their Silver Arts Award qualification by developing their own online portfolio which follows their journey as filmmakers through their writing, industry research and filmmaking projects.

The premiere event held at QUAD celebrated all the success and hard work of our latest cohort of students, and I sincerely hope they will be able to look back on the past five months and appreciate the individual hurdles they have overcome and milestones achieved. We wish them all the very best for a bright future.”


Catriona Kelly. BFI Film Academy Producer says:

“We are extremely proud of our BFI Film Academy 23-24 cohort who, for the last five months at QUAD, developed their creative and technical filmmaking skills, pushed their personal and professional boundaries, and collaborated with one another to produce their remarkable short films. 

The films showcased and celebrated at the BFI Film Academy Premiere are a true testament to the hard-work, passion, creativity, and drive of all the filmmakers who participated in the course and the guidance of the wonderful delivery team who work with us on QUAD’s Education Programme. 

We wish all the students the very best as the take their next step into the film industry and hope they are shouting far and wide about their amazing achievements on the BFI Film Academy Short Course.”


Expressions of interest for the next instalment of the BFI Film Academy Short Course are open now via our online form.

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