Film academy to hold auditions

National Youth Film Academy LogoThe National Youth Film Academy (NYFA) will be coming to the Midlands in January as part of a programme of UK-wide auditions and interviews to find the next generation of talented actors, screenwriters, directors and film-crew.

The NYFA provides the opportunity to train with respected industry professionals and meet with like-minded individuals to collaborate and learn.

Auditions and interviews are being held on January 25 at the Jurys Inn, Station Street, Nottingham between 9am-5pm.

There are auditions for actors, and interviews for a full range of creative and technical roles including director, producer, writer, and editor.

With hundreds applying each year for a place with the academy, competition is expected to be tough, but Rob Earnshaw, artistic director of the NYFA, thinks that the young talent in the Midlands has what it takes to succeed.

He said: “Those that show enough talent and determination to build a career in the film industry in these auditions will be invited to attend the NYFA’s introductory course, which we’re running twice in 2015, first at Easter, and then again in the summer break.

“We’ve always had a good turnout from this part of the country and seen some really talented young people. I’d hope that this year will be no exception.

“Students on the 2014 course gave us incredible feedback on the experience of spending ten days in a filmmaking environment.

“They got to spend time on practical sessions, attend master classes from leading industry professionals, get advice on how to build a successful career, and at the end of it all to produce a short film as part of a team. I’d urge any young person that has a passion for acting or filmmaking to attend an audition. The opportunity this presents to get a start in the industry is fantastic.”

Supported by the Directors Guild Trust and the Directors Guild of Great Britain, The National Youth Film Academy is a non-profit organisation created to locate, educate, develop and showcase the talents of exceptionally gifted young actors and film-makers aged 16-25 years old from around the UK.

Being accepted to the NYFA has many benefits, including free attendance at workshops, film screenings and master classes throughout the year. It also allows talented young people to tap into a network of thousands of other like-minded individuals and special interest groups to collaborate on projects and share their knowledge.

NYFA members are also invited to apply to be ambassadors for the academy in their region, and this year’s Midlands (and East Anglia) Ambassadors are Jessica Binks and Kelsey Duffy.

Both graduated the introductory course in August, and will now promote the work of the NYFA by attending events, having a presence at festivals, writing and blogging about the film scene in the region and being a point of contact for any young person in the area looking to learn more about the NYFA.

Jessica said: “For me, being an ambassador for the NYFA is not only about representing the academy in my local area but also inspiring other young people out there that really want an opportunity to be a part of the film industry.

“Having been through the auditions and then the introductory course myself, I can hopefully highlight to others how helpful this course was in furthering my career and giving me a chance to succeed in this tough industry, and why it’s an opportunity not to be passed up.”

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