First Guests Confirmed for BFI Scotland Residential

We are delighted to announce the first guests confirmed to be delivering masterclasses at the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential taking place in Edinburgh across 2nd-12th August.

B0p08MmCQAAoyViJ Blakeson is a London based director and screenwriter. His first feature was the 2010 movie The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a kidnap thriller starring Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan which he wrote and directed.

In 2015 J also directed The 5th Wave, a feature film based on the novel of the same name by
Rick Yancey. The film, stars Chloe Grace Moretz and was scripted by Susannah Grant.

admin-ajaxFrazer Churchill is a VFX Supervisor and one of the founding members of VFX giants Double Negative. His film credits include; Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Children of Men, Fast and Furious, World’s End and Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Frazer has worked with some of the biggest directors in the business and is also an award winning writer/director with his own short film Hatemail.

SiriSiri Rodnes is an Edinburgh born writer/director who graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Directing Fiction. She  is one of five directors selected for 2016’s online LGBT film festival Five Films 4 Freedom, with her short Take Your Partners, which also premiered at Berlinale.

She is currently developing her debut feature Nine Lives with Gavin Humphries at Quark Films, co-written by Tom Basden and adapted from the science fiction short story by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Her recent short films also include the Creative Scotland commissioned Grimm Street (Edinburgh), for which lead actor Sarah Miele won Best Female Performance at the 2016 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. Lily Graham was also nominated for her role in Take Your Partners. Also completed in 2015 was Asking For It, released online in coordination with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

We are delighted to have these incredible filmmakers attending the BFI Scotland Residential to impart their knowledge and experience to the participants. We are also excited to announce further guests over the next few weeks.

Applications for the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential close on Monday 20th June at 5pm. Further information and applications forms can be found here.

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