Justin Edgar gives BFilm Micro masterclass and launches BCU student-made short films


Premier screening of BCU student-made films – scriptwriting to production.

To include film industry masterclass Justin Edgar

Book your free ticket to this masterclass and premiere screening here.

Justin Edgar (Director) began his career directing soap operas for the BBC. He has directed Large (2001) for Film Four/Pathe which sold to twenty countries and went to number one in the UK video charts. He also directed the highly acclaimed Special People which was hailed by The Guardian as a “Milestone in mainstream cinema”. We are the Freaks premiered at the Edinburgh film Festival and was released by Metrodome in 2014. His fourth feature film The Marker starring John Hannah was released in UK cinemas this month following its international premiere at Helsinki International Film Festival and Edinburgh where it competed for the Michael Powell award.

He is also a successful producer and his films through production company 104 films include BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll starring Andy Serkis, Olivia Williams, Luke Evans and Ray Winstone and the feature documentary Notes on Blindness which premiered at Sundance 2016, won best documentary at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for three BAFTAs including Best British Film. 104’s new feature documentary Unrest premiered in the main competition at Sundance 2017 and is also released in the UK this month.

Summer school short film auditions actors

Casting session at Birmingham City University for the short films we’re making in collaboration with the university’s Graduate+ programme.

Actors cast for BFilm Micro/Birmingham City University/Graduate+ shorts. Congratulations to Philip Parnell, Leonie Slater and Tim Watson. Continue reading “Summer school short film auditions actors”

BFilm Micro Teams up with Birmingham City University on Graduate+ Summer Film School

BFilm Micro has teamed up with Birmingham City University’s Graduate+ scheme to produce two short films as part of an intensive summer film school.

Working from specially commissioned scripts written by Screenwriting students from the BCU School of English, selected students will form a  filmmaking team guided by producers Pip Piper and Paul Green plus screenwriter Andy Conway. From pre-production, through shooting the films, to editing, the student filmmakers be supported by film industry professionals with vast experience in making films.

We also aim to inspire students with our ‘Local Heroes’ masterclasses, where guest speakers from the region will offer the lowdown on how they broke into film and TV. The Graduate+ students will also have access to film professionals whilst shooting their films.

The films will be crewed entirely by Graduate+ students with on set support from experts in their field such as cinematographers and sound recordists. The completed films will be screened in front of an invited audience at a cinema in Birmingham in October. We then plan to submit the finished films to UK and International film festivals.

The Summer Film School initiative follows on from the hugely successful Immersion training programme BFilm Micro ran in conjunction with the university in 2016.

The Immersion programme culminated in the shooting of a ‘Proof of Concept’ teaser film for ‘Augmental’, a feature film we are currently developing, with Moviehouse Entertainment on board as Executive Producers and international sales agents.

New talent and the micro-budget film world


Paul Green talks about how BFilm Micro is developing new talent, changing the film industry in Birmingham, and its relationship with Birmingham City University.

Lots of info about the Augmental feature film screenplay and the proof of concept teaser too… Listen below:

Erica Nockalls takes lead role in Augmental

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BFilm Micro are delighted to announce that the immensely talented musician and artist Erica Nockalls is cast as the lead actor, Tyke, in our forthcoming proof-of-concept teaser film for ‪Augmental‬, the feature film.

Following her audition, Andy Conway, screenwriter for the film, said: “It was a real pleasure to read scenes from Augmental with Erica and see the words on the page come alive.”

Augmental screenwriting team in place

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Following our call for scripts, we are pleased to announce that eight Birmingham-based screenwriters have been selected to work further with us on the Augmental feature film project. Congratulations to:

Mark Brendan
Ryan Davis
Jon Ellis
John Hunter
Scarlett Kefford
Oliver O’Connor
Nicky Tate
Dan Witherall

We received 21 entries to the project and said we would select 7 scripts to work with. The standard has been so good that we have selected 8 writers! We really loved how each of these writers responded to the brief and we are very much looking forward to working with them.

Over the next two months the writers will be working with lead screenwriter Andy Conway on the Augmental feature film script.

We know it’s going to be exciting, and that this is the first step in what we hope is a much longer relationship over the next decade.

Micro-budget: Big Ideas Masterclass with Writer-Director Faye Gilbert

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BFilm Micro is delighted to announce that rising writer-director Faye Gilbert will be joining us to discuss her forthcoming micro-budget debut feature Kill Her Witch.

When: 7-9pm Wednesday 8 th June

Where: Curzon Lecture Theatre (Room C197), Birmingham City University, Birmingham B4 7BD

Continue reading “Micro-budget: Big Ideas Masterclass with Writer-Director Faye Gilbert”

From Dudley to Hollywood: A Screenwriting Masterclass with Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes

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BFilm Micro is delighted to announce that screenwriting duo Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes will be joining us to discuss their meteoric journey from Dudley to Hollywood.

When: 3.30-5pm Wednesday 4th May

Where: Parkside Theatre; The Parkside Building, Birmingham City University, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

Continue reading “From Dudley to Hollywood: A Screenwriting Masterclass with Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes”

Augmental short script opportunity

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BFilm Micro invites screenwriters based in the West Midlands to submit short film scripts that can form part of an anthology feature film (also known as a portmanteau, omnibus or package film).

Augmental will be an action tech thriller about a female cycle courier involved in a breathtaking life-or-death cat-and-mouse chase, picking up hidden films virtually embedded via augmented reality at locations around the city of Birmingham. Seven found-footage short films will form the basis of a series of clues that lead her to a terrifying climax.

Can your short film script be part of this? Continue reading “Augmental short script opportunity”