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Student to work at BAFTA after winning place on BFI Academy

A Media Production student has won a place on a prestigious course run by the British Film Institute (BFI) and BAFTA designed to nurture the next generation of talented film makers.

Natasha Macmanard’s place on the BFI Film Academy includes workshops, practical skill sessions and masterclasses by key industry figures – on top of her studies at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

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Natasha, who is in her second year, has even been given the opportunity to work with BAFTA as part of a mentoring scheme and will also be working with arts education firm Paradigm Arts.

She said: “I was thrilled to have won a place with the BFI. I hope it will give me a bigger understanding of how to be a producer. It will be invaluable for me especially if I decide to go freelance later, and I also create my own short films and productions in my spare time.

“Knowing that it’s in partnership with BAFTA means that there are lots of opportunities open to me."

The BFI Film Academy offers bespoke careers advice and a thriving alumni network, which runs events throughout the year.

Natasha is also working towards a Silver Arts Award, given by the Arts Council England to those who demonstrate commitment and progress in the arts and developing new skills.

As the editor/supervisor for Demon TV – the university’s student-led video and live TV organisation - she also teaches advanced video editing, using skills learned from the course which focuses on teaching technical aspects of the industry.  

And if that is not enough, Natasha is also head of video content for Insomnia Gaming Festival – shooting promotional videos, interviewing presenters, celebrities, staff and volunteers to ensure rich media content for the event.

Natasha, who specialises in cinematography, is blogging her experiences on the BFI Academy. She is also full of praise for the Media Production course here at DMU and its emphasis on preparing graduates for the world of work.

She said: “The modules that are taught gives us knowledge of a wide range of aspects within the media production industry. From TV production to web design, I can confidently graduate and step straight into work knowing that I will have the experience of everything the industry requires.

“Being able to meet course leaders and lecturers at open days also influenced my choice in studying here because you’re getting to know who they are before you make that decision. I can say with confidence that the staff who I work with help make my studies a valuable and inspiring experience.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my time studying this course and I’m making every moment of it memorable and valuable.”

Posted on Friday 11th December 2015

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