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We are excited to announce that Screenlife Liverpool will be delivering the BFI Film Academy programme for 2021/22!

We are searching for 20 talented, enthusiastic and hard-working 16-19 years olds from Liverpool City Region to take part in this year’s prestigious BFI Film Academy. If you are interested in film, a gamer, a writer then this is for you.

You will create Screenlife short films as proofs of concept and pitch them to Screenlife and Bazelevs Film Executives. 

You will learn and develop Screenlife filmmaking skills, working with industry professionals and take your first step into the film industry.

Producers, Directors, Writers and Editors that made the films ‘Searching’, ‘Profile’, ‘Unfriended’, ‘R & J’ will lead master classes in Screenlife production including the creator of the format, Timur Bekmambetov. Other speakers include Maria Zatulovskaya and Madj Nassif. Their films include: Hardcore Henry, Searching, Profile, Dead of Night TV Series, The Current War, Unfriended: Dark Web.


The course will run every week from Wednesday November 17th 2021 until Wednesday February 2nd 2022.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 the course will be delivered in-person and online, keeping to Government COVID-19 guidelines. If necessary we can switch to a fully online delivery approach.

Course Leader: Barry Kushner – bazkush@gmail.com



1)  Experience all aspects of hands-on filmmaking, which will help you develop your practical knowledge and skills, learning alongside the industry's most successful Screenlife filmmakers. 

2)  Gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema, equipping you with digital filmmaking skills and experience that are the future film industry.

3)  Watch a range of cinema including Screenlife, British independent and specialised film.

4)  Work in teams on a practical Screenlife format film project spread across ten weeks. The films will be pitched to Timur Bekmambetov and Producers from Bazelevs and Screenlife Liverpool.

5)  Achieve the Silver Arts Award Work.

6)  Become part of the BFI Film Academy Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development.

7)  Join the Screenlife Liverpool talent bank with opportunities to work on our film productions.



To apply for the BFI Film Academy you must:

a)  Be aged 16–19 years old on the first day of the course

b)  Live in Liverpool City Region

c)  Have a passion or talent for filmmaking, gaming, writing or an ambition to work in the film industry

d)  Be able to commit to the duration of the course (10 weeks from November 17th – January 31st)

e)  Not currently at University or enrolled at University when the course starts

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The Speakers


Timur Bekmambetov

Timur is Russia’s top grossing filmmaker and the pioneer of the Screenlife format films and Snapchat series. He made his name with Russian fantasy epics Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2005), making his Hollywood directorial debut with the blockbuster Wanted (2008) starring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. 
After producing and directing Hollywood and Russian films, Timur developed a method of digital filmmaking, where the action takes place on the screens of computers, tablets or smartphones. 
Unfriended, the first film in this format, cost $1million and grossed $65 million worldwide and in 2015 was in the top ten most profitable film projects. Searching (2018), starring John Cho, cost $800k and grossed $75 million. Screenlife films have won audience awards at Sundance, the Berlinale, SXSW. His latest project Romeo and Juliet is on the festival circuit, winning best edit at SXSW and Profile (2018) is  on release in the USA.