BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy

Commissioned by the Barbican in 2013, Eelyn Lee has designed a unique approach to devising and writing short screenplays. She has developed and delivered this intensive film-training course for 16-19 year olds for the past three years.

Each year students deconstruct and recreate a scene from a seminal British feature film before taking it through a series of 'flipping' exercises. Students are provoked to change elements in the scene such as location, gender & genre and explore how the changes impact character and story.

Through this fast and lively process many new ideas are born. Students are invited to take their favourite ideas and pitch a 90-second story premise which are voted on by their peers. The two most popular pitches are taken through a script development process before being produced by the students and screened at the Barbican's Focus Film Festival for young people.


Each year 18-20 aspiring young filmmakers work alongside Eelyn and filmmaker Winstan Whitter as well other industry professionals who visit as guest speakers and facilitators.

Over the three years Eelyn has chosen three British films to work from: Kes, The Third Man and Rear Window. In 2015 she broke from tradition and chose Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet to commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death. 

The BFI Film Academy seeks to develop the filmmakers of the next generation through hands on training programmes for 16-19 year olds across the country.

Watch Love You to Death, inspired by Rear Window below.

When Anna wakes up inside a trunk, she discovers she is not the first wife to fall victim to her husband's murderous ways. But will her lover come to her rescue before it's too late?

News

IMAGE Casting Fu Manchu Now Showing at CAN Festival 2021

Monday, 15 February 2021
Casting Fu Manchu is currently showing as part of the CAN Festival 2021 [15th Feb - 30th Apr 2021]. Following the premiere screening these were some of the comments about the film, "... a brilliant and... Read More...

IMAGE Premiere of Where Two Rivers Meet

Thursday, 04 February 2021
Eelyn Lee's latest film, Where Two Rivers Meet will premiere on Feb 25th at 8pm GMT as part of the online event, Digesting History. The film is a creative documentary about Collections in Verse, a poetry project that took place in libraries across Sheffield just before the pandemic. Cleverly weaving the story of the project together with the story... Read More...

IMAGE Resilience and Radical Care - An Online Talk

Tuesday, 01 December 2020
CAMP have invited Eelyn Lee to present an online talk on Thurs 10th Dec 6.30 - 8.00pm GMT as part of their guest artist's programme. Eelyn will talk about Resilience and Radical Care in relation to her experiences of co-founding Social Art Network and her subsequent involvement in other artist’s networks. She will touch upon network building as... Read More...