Digital Youth

BFI Academy at Film Oxford 2014. Click HERE for information and application form.

Life’s full of bits, bytes and blogs – make way for the digital generation! If you’re 14+ and passionate about making films and exploring the latest digital technologies take a look at the Digital Youth Collective (meeting Wednesdays from 4.30 – 7.00pm). For 16 – 19s we have the BFI Film Academy aimed at those considering a career in the Film, TV or Gaming industries. The programme is highly subsidised and runs during the October half term (2013 + 2014) and offers a unique opportuntiy to meet with industry professionals, develop advanced production skills and visit Pinewood Studios and the National Film + Television School (NFTS).

Film Oxford also run Summerscreen Digital, a programme of  film making workshops, indoor and outdoor screenings as well as Oxford film tours of your favourite film locations – film and digital fun during the summer months!

For all Youth Projects and Activities please contact Geron Swann   01865 244274








Our second Academy brought together 18 more ‘rising stars’ from around Oxfordshire to create their own films, get a flavour of film analysis, meet local professionals and of course get the tour of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and – high point of the week – wander around the lots at Pinewood! This year we even got on the sets of Branagh’s Cinderella!

Ron Mulvey got onto the BFI Scriptwriters Residential and with Nathalie (from the last Academy) will be attending the 2014 Easter Residential at the NFTS.  Catch up with this year’s productions -  The Errand, Crossroads and Found and Lost and keep an eye out for the Oxford’s BFI Academy 2014 – applications available from Sept 2014

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The latest project from the Digital Youth Collective. The new updated website, promoting the latest free activities in Oxford, is to be launched at the Christmas Lights festival on 22nd November at the Ice Station – the Film Oxford digital lounge and the coolest place in town! We’ll bring you news of  skateboarding, ice hockey, film-making, swimming, the latest exhibitions and more – and all for free. Come along and have a go at DJing and VJing on the night.

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Another Studio Award from First Light (BFI) enabled Film Oxford to work with Woodeaton Manor School, Isis Academy and ‘In Training’ in Cowley. The project was all about working with young people who rarely get the chance to make films and engaged with groups with learning difficulties and 16 year olds not in education, employment or training.  All leading to a Zombie movie -  Mr Robinzom, psychedelia – Caution Sofa Hazard, a murder mystery- Murder at the Manor and Choice -  a film about temptation. Let us know what you think!

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Another full on film festival took place at the end of July this year. Three ‘Film Under the Stars’ (Hinksey Park, Rose Hill and Bury Knowle park) were well attended as was the final screening at the Phoenix Picture House in Jericho Oxford on July 28th. Awards went to First Light films (Mr Robinzom), Free Oxford for the skateboard package and YouTube, Animation and drama creations. We even got our Harry Potter tours in the local paper. Well done everyone!

Have a look at all of the work created:







Our three  young ‘Film Oxford’ filmmakers celebrated the end of their NFTS Easter residential with a screening infront of over 400 special guests at the BFI on the South Bank. Rosie Whiter 17, Daisy Oldersaw 17 and Luke Robson 19 all completed the 2 week intensive programme in Beaconsfield working with top industry professionals on state of the art equipment.


‘The best 2 weeks of my life’ said an exhausted Rosie as she nervously waited for the verdict of Greg Dyke (Chair of the BFI) and Nik Powell (Head of National Film and TV school) to her film ‘Voices in the Attic’.

The 3 budding filmmakers attended the BFI Academy at Film Oxford in February and then went on to be  selected for the campus from more than 300 applicants.




Film Oxford’s BFI Film Academy ran for 8 days in February engaging with and inspiring 19 young filmmakers from around Oxford. The intensive programme combined opportunities to develop production skills with cinema screenings and a fantastic tour around London Pinewood Studios and the Beaconsfield National Film and Television School. We were very proud that Rosie, Luke and Daisy from the programme were selected to join the NFTS Easter Talent Campus residential.

Links to films made on the programme




The Digital Youth Collective put together an impressive set for the main stage at Christmas Lights in Oxford on 23rd Nov. The VJs created the visuals for ‘Pink Noise’ and ‘Unleashed’ (‘Step 2′ dance from Cassington) and also for the break dance mix (Oxford Flaw Artists). Project supported by Positive Activities for Young People and Oxfordshire County Council.





Film Oxford’s rising stars have now completed and uploaded their latest documentary The Swimmer onto YouTube. The film is a beautifully shot study of a young swimmer’s dertermination to make it to the line first and will now be submitted to  film festivals.



A contracted festival this year with a busy animation workshop at Film Oxford alongside another season of outdoor films in local parks. This year we showed Tintin (July 21st) in Hinksey park and Johnny English Returns in Bury Knowle park (July 28th) both supported by the amazing Wake up in a Dream (Mark Barber) and The Swimmer (Film Oxford Digital Youth Collective). Over 800 people attended the events which were sponsored this year by local estate agents, Breckon and Breckon.


ZOMBIES AND MORE  (Summer 2012)

Zombies seem to be the flavour of the moment with young people this year. It all started with Zomburger with a group in Abingdon followed by BiG Brother Zombie at the Courtyard in Bicester. Yes, you’ve guessed,  all ends in blood, gore and mayhem as Zombies threaten to take over the world but fail! Rose Hill Youth Centre came up with Respect Rose Hill a short documenatray about litter and dog poop on the streets whilst in Blackbird leys, Chase your Dreams, was an uplifting story of a dancer’s ambitions and OX4 Watch a warning about stereotyping knife crime. Youth projects supported by Abingdon and Witney College, NEET Beyond Steps, OYAP and Oxfordshire Early Intervention Hubs.


BBC ‘BRITAIN IN A DAY’ WORKSHOP (October 20th 2011)

A big thank you to ROSA productions who came to Film Oxford to inspire us all to take part in the great BBC filmic event on Saturday 12th November. A packed workshop heard how we can prepare for and be part of Ridley Scott’s story of a single day in Britain – all filmed by us! They want passion, something personal, and something amazing about our everyday lives. Then once filmed we upload it onto youtube and you never know – we could be in the final cut!!!



The Shadowlight Artists are an independent group of digital artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, supported by Film Oxford. There has been plenty of creative success for group recently; each artist has made a new film under the banner of “Digital Lives”, (funded by The Arts Council Of England and others). These films have been screened at Modern Art  Oxford, a high profile Culteral event in Oxford, National and International Film Festivals and broadcast TV

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SUMMERSCREEN 2011 (July 23rd – Aug 12th)

This years extended summer film festival now runs for 3  weeks from the end of July to the middle of August. Topping the bill we have M.I. High director Simon Hook coming down to run 3 days of drama workshops in August. Your chance to find out what it’s really like to work in children’s television!

If you want to try your hand at animation then have a look at the workshops going on at Modern Art Oxford, Animation Station and in East Oxford. If its special effects you’re after then 2 days of Green Screen Magic at the Film Oxford studios could be for you.

Don’t forget the popcorn if you’re planning to join us for a free ‘Film under the Stars‘ in Hinksey park or Bury Knowle park at the end of July. And for Harry Potter fans out there, another chance to tour the New College cloisters and walk in the footsteps of your Hogwarts heroes!

Then to round it all off we have a special ‘Best Of ‘screening of festival films alongside some top shorts made by young people from around the region. All screening at the Ultimate Picture Palace in East Oxford on August 12th.


uSCREEN (May – July 2011)

‘Teleporter’, ‘Party from hell’, ‘Handbag’ and ‘The Guard’. Four new productions created for the exciting uScreen web site with young people with disabilties at Witney and Abingdon College. To be premiered at this years Summerscreen Film Festival.




Four experimental films developed with primary school children, asylum seekers and young people with disabilities around the Olympic ideals of determination, respect, courage and friendship. To be premiered at Summerscreen and shown on the Olympic Big Screens.


Supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council’s First Light initiative


FILM NATION – OLYMPICS (March/April 2011)

A 2 week project with Gregory the Great Catholic School developing 4 short films on key Olympic themes.

To view films follow the links and please give them your vote. They may well be shown around the country in the lead up to the Games and possibly in the Olympic Stadium itself!


‘Better World’ was nominated for a top First Light award and although we didn’t win we all had a great day out in London at the First Light awards ceremony in London (25th October 2011). Spot the stars!?

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