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.

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.

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

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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

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Production Masterclass with Matt Wilkinson

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BFilm Micro in collaboration with The Producer’s Forum and Birmingham City University invites you to a FREE masterclass event with film producer Matt Wilkinson whose debut feature film The Call Up was shot in Birmingham and is released in May 2016.

When: 3.30-6pm Wednesday 16th March

Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham

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