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RPA student youngest to be admitted into the BFI Film Academy

posted 12 Nov 2014, 06:40 by Unknown user   [ updated 18 Nov 2014, 00:11 by Phil Broughton ]
We are exceptionally proud of Year 11 student Patrycja, who has been successful in her application to the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy at only 15 years of age.

Patrycja comments:
“I had wanted to take part in a project with the BFI over the summer but I was unable to attend. Then my English teacher - Mr Potapov - suggested I apply for this additional opportunity to attend the academy and work with professionals from the film industry. I didn’t imagine I would be accepted as the minimum age was 16.”

Patrycja is one of the youngest people who is taking part in a 12 week project, where she attends the BFI in London every Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Working with professional film makers as mentors, the RPA student and fellow young people aged 16 – 19 years have to work in groups to create a media piece that will be screened by the BFI in January 2015.

Patrycja adds:
“The theme we have been set is related to home, which could be anything from your family, to a memory or a feeling related to home and what home represents to us. The only stipulation is that we have to feature a red box in our film, either as the focus or in the background.

I am so grateful for this opportunity and what I am able to learn from the experience. I cannot thank Mr Potapov enough for all he has done to encourage me – throughout my time at RPA he has helped to drive me in the right direction and has opened me up to so many exciting opportunities.”

Read more at the Richmond & Twickenham Times website.