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The Fiction Academy

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Northern Stars Fiction Academy recruits sixteen young people aged 16-19 each year onto an intensive five month film production programme that provides training in writing, producing, directing, sound design, cinematography, production design and editing.

The programme culminates in a week long residential, where the young filmmakers are mentored by experienced professionals as they shoot three short films on location using professional actors. Once edited, the completed films premiere at a Gala Screening at Newcastle’s fabulous Tyneside Cinema before being entered for film festivals across the UK and beyond.

Northern Stars Young Filmmakers’ Academy
The Fiction Academy is part of Northern Stars Young Filmmakers’ Academy, which was established in 2006 by leading industry professionals to give young people from across the North East a chance to make their first films with the support of working industry professionals.

In addition to the Fiction Academy, Northern Stars runs a Documentary Academy and Northern Stars Production, a professional script-to-screen service for businesses and organisations staffed by graduates of the Academy programmes.

Graduates from the programme have used their experience at the Northern Stars Young Filmmakers’ Film Academy to secure places at university, gain employment in the film industry and make their own independent film productions.

Support Team
Creative Director • Ian Fenton
Lead Filmmaker • Sean McKenna
Lead Filmmaker • Hannah McParlin
Production Manager • Sarah Younas
Assistant Filmmaker • Steff Lockey
Assistant Filmmaker • Hal Branson

Industry Mentors
Mentor • Daniel Elliott
Mentor • Kyle Heslop
Supervising Editor • Matt Dennis
Production Design Mentor • Joy Sanders
Sound Mentor • Stuart Wright

Tyneside Cinema
Tyneside Cinema is one of the UK’s leading independent specialised film and media venues. Alongside its programmes of new world cinema and digital media arts the cinema is also famous as a screen heritage attraction, housed in its spectacular Grade II listed building in the heart of Newcastle.

The cinema is also committed to developing new, younger audiences for specialised cinema and developing and supporting emerging talent in the region. It is the North East’s most significant provider of film activity for, by and with children and young people.

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