About

Birmingham Young Filmmaker Network is here to connect, empower and equip young creatives with the aim of supporting tomorrows filmmakers.   

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Why are we starting BYFN?

After facilitating on programmes with young creatives, that to access filmmaking courses, workshops or groups they often come with a cost that can often be out of reach for many young people who are interested in finding out more, wanting some experience or just want a taster before they make the leap to committing to a university course.  We want to ensure that every passionate young creative can form a network of like minded peers so that they can lift each other up, collaborate on projects and build their portfolio of work so they can be on a level playing field to compete for jobs and opportunities in the future. 

How will BYFN work?

Initially we want to work collaboratively with you to find out what your needs are.  We want to hold regular meet ups at the Mockingbird Cinema where you will be able to showcase your work, receive feedback if you wish and network with others.  You may be an aspiring director and need an editor, or a scriptwriter wanting to workshop ideas with actors, or even a musician or a make up artist up for a challenge. We are aiming to help you grow your network so that you can take ideas and make them reality through pooling your resources. We want you to let us know what information you need, such as funding, securing locations, permissions for music, etc and we will deliver that too you. 

As the network grows, we aim to get professionals in to give talks and run workshop and we always aim to make this free.

In the long term we aim to work on group projects alongside you, but that's all in the long term....we'll get there together. 

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Who we want to meet 

This is for 16-21 year olds from Birmingham who want to gain experience and knowledge about filmmaking or wants to meet like minded and motivated young people.  You may have a role in mind or you may want to explore your options. 

  • Directors

  • Screenwriters 

  • Editors

  • Producers

  • Actors

  • Camera operators/Cinematographers

  • Musicians/Music producers

  • Stylists

  • Make up artists

  • And any other enthusiastic and motivated people! 

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