Movie magic to hit Huddersfield this summer as college revealed as host for new film

February 10, 2014

Huddersfield is set to experience a hint of Hollywood this summer as Kirklees College is revealed as the base for the latest movie from The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy.

Budding movie-makers from across Yorkshire can get in on the action as the magic of the movies comes to town for the making of a full length feature film involving up to 300 students as cast and crew.

The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy is funded by The Co-operative as part of its commitment to inspiring young people. Students are mentored by professionals from the world of film and education and offered unique opportunities to gain first-hand experience of the thrills and challenges of a real film set.

The new film will have the working title “Festival” and, is described as a coming-of-age movie. It will be filmed in and around Huddersfield during the five weeks of the school summer holidays.

Kirklees College is one of the founder members of The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA) and, two years ago it hosted the making of the BYFA film “Faust’s Growth”. Based at its Batley School of Art, Dewsbury, the movie went on to receive a red carpet screening at The Printworks, Manchester.

BYFA also made “The Rochdale Pioneers”, a film starring John Henshaw – of “Born and Bred” and “Early Doors” fame – which received its TV debut on Film4 as part of the channel’s British Connection Season.

Karen Matula, Head of Creative Industries at Kirklees College, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the making of BYFA’s latest film this summer. It will give students every opportunity to gain real work experience in the film industry and, provide hands-on opportunities that support their studies and future aspirations.

“Our work with The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy enables us to offer students something really special and, hosting the film in our home town will be very exciting for everyone involved.

“For those interested in acting and film production and, for those involved in the many other roles vital to a successful film - such as design, hair, make-up, fashion and catering - it really is a priceless experience.”

Michael Fairclough, The Co-operative’s Head of Community and Co-operative Investment, added: “BYFA is designed to create unique and exciting opportunities. It is an exciting arena to harness the enthusiasm, creativity and contribution of young people in our communities and, provide tangible skills and experiences to support their future academic and career aspirations.”

The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy is itself a co-operative made up of 20 Colleges and Universities. The film making summer camp is open to all 14-25 year olds. It is free to students enrolled on courses at BYFA member institutions with costs kept to a minimum for all others in order to encourage the widest possible participation.

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