Organised by British Film Institute (BFI)
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The BFI Film Academy Labs are designed to support 16-25 year old aspiring filmmakers and help you develop your skills and projects from home
Our July BFI Film Academy Lab will focus on exploring a new, immersive storytelling format, Screenlife, that allows filmmakers to tell their stories entirely on computer, tablet and smartphone screens. You can use a desktop instead of a film set and a cursor to show the protagonist's actions.
The revolutionary Screenlife technology was developed by the award-winning director and producer Timur Bekmambetov and has grown from independent projects to full-length, world-renowned films, documentaries and TV shows. We are delighted to announce that Timur will be joining us for a masterclass to discuss the inception of Screenlife and how you can use this pioneering technology yourselves for your upcoming projects!
The masterclass will be followed by individual pitching sessions for selected participants. These sessions will be an opportunity for you to pitch your Screenlife ideas directly to Timur for a chance to get your short made!
Russia’s top grossing filmmaker, Timur Bekmambetov broke out with Russian fantasy epics Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2005). His directorial debut in Hollywood was the blockbuster Wanted (2008) starring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. Bekmambetov has made his name in recent years by staking on digital filmmaking and technological innovations. He is the pioneer of the Screenlife films, in which the action takes place on the screens of computers or smartphones. The first film in this format, Unfriended grossed $65 million worldwide in 2015 and was one of the year’s top ten most profitable film projects by rate of return. Searching (2018), starring John Cho, raked in $75 million. In 2018, the Berlinale and SXSW audience awards went to his political thriller Profile. In 2016, Bekmambetov founded the tech start-up Screenlife Limited developing products based on AI and deep learning for the mass production of Screenlife content.