Student wins film academy place

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A young screenwriter from Tadcaster Grammar School has been offered a place on the prestigious BFI Film Academy Residential Programme.

Josh Schulze, aged 17, is one of only 25 of the most talented and committed young writers living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be selected to take part in this intensive residential training programme, which will hopefully kick-start his career in the film industry.

The Year 13 student was made aware of the programme through his English teacher, Helen Gabriel.

Josh submitted his application online, which had to include 1,000 words of screening material and also a 400 word outline of a short film idea based on a piece of music or song.

“I was really surprised when I received the phone call offering me the place,” said Josh.

“I did not expect it, but am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity,” he added.

The programme will teach Josh the craft skills necessary to succeed as a screenwriter, gain an exclusive insider’s view of how to break into the film business, and network with leading industry professionals, including Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Tony Grisoni (Red Riding Quartet).

Delivered in three parts between January and February 2014, the programme will include residentials at the historic Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

“I want to thank Miss Gabriel massively for bringing this once in a lifetime opportunity to my attention,” said Josh.

“The experience will be made even more special by the fact that I will celebrate my 18th birthday during my time in Newcastle.

“I am delighted for Josh as he is a talented and imaginative young writer with a passion for screenwriting and an encyclopaedic knowledge of films,” said Miss Gabriel.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for him to hone his skills working with some of the biggest names in the industry.

“Josh has a wonderful future ahead of him and I hope he remembers to invite his English teacher to the Oscars when he wins his first award!”