Screen Academy Scotland

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The Screen Academy Scotland (A Skillset Film Academy) is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art. It was opened in August 2005[1] by the then First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Both Edinburgh Napier and eca already had established film making courses, Napier's combined photography and film undergraduate BA launched Cannes prizewinner Lynne Ramsay on her journey to film directing.[2] The Academy offers practical, project-based, postgraduate courses. A new Production Centre was opened in August 2006 by Napier Honorary Graduate Tilda Swinton. The Academy's first Director is Robin MacPherson FRSA, a BAFTA-nominated producer and formerly Development Executive for Scottish Screen, now Professor of Screen Media at Edinburgh Napier University where he is also Director of its Institute for Creative Industries[3] and a Board member of Creative Scotland.[4]

Sir Sean Connery, Brian Cox and Dame Judi Dench are patrons of the Academy.[5]

The Academy is one of three UK centres of excellence in film practice education recognised by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media) as a Skillset Film Academy.[6]In November 2008 the Academy at Edinburgh Napier University was admitted to full membership of CILECT, the association of the world's major film and television schools.[7] The Academy regularly hosts masterclasses and guest lectures by prominent industry figures, recent examples of which include 'Trainspotting' and '28 Days Later' producers Andrew MacDonald [8] and Iain Smith (who is also a member of the Screen Academy Board) and Iranian Director Seyyed Reza Mir-karami.[9]

Films by Academy graduates have won numerous prizes[10] and been screened at festivals worldwide including Venice,[11] Kolkata,[12] Tribeca[13] and Beijing.[14] Students or graduates of the Academy have won the Page Screenwriting Awards Gold Prize for Short Film in three of the past four years,[15] the most recent winner being Amy Rich in 2010.[16] Michael Cumes took the Gold Prize in 2009 with The Romance Class. In 2007, David Bishop won with Danny’s Toy’s. Chico Pereira's feature documentary 'Pablo's Winter' won Best Student Documentary at IDFA in 2012 and the President's Award at the Full Frame Festival in 2013.[17]

In addition to offering a range of degree programmes the Academy also hosts professional summerschools such as 'The Soundtrack', in partnership with industry training partners such as The School of Sound,[18] its journalism programmes are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).[19]

In 2007 and every year since the Academy was awarded funding by the EU MEDIA programme[20] for its international writer, director and producer development programme ENGAGE[21] which is a collaboration with the National Film School of Ireland, the Baltic Film and Media School, Tallinn, Estonia and Aalto University in Finland. The programme runs on an annual basis with workshops in each of the partner countries. In 2011 the ENGAGE partnership was awarded EU MEDIA MUNDUS funding [22] to extend its programme to include non-EU countries including Canada, China and India.


Notable alumni of Screen Academy Scotland include Lin Anderson the writer and filmmaker Basil Khalil [1].


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  3. ^ "Robin MacPherson". Napier University. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
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  5. ^ "Sir Sean Connery Named Patron of Screen Academy Scotland". Napier University News Centre. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
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  7. ^ "CILECT Membership". International Association of Film and Television Schools. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Award-winning Producer Visits Screen Academy Scotland". allmediaScotland. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Masterclass with award winning Iranian director". Edinburgh Iranian Festival. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "From the chalkface". The Scotsman. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Scots film snubbed at home but proves a hit at Venice". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Inspired and edified by Tagore...". The Statesman. Retrieved 6 February 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "International Awards and Festivals". Napier University. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
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  18. ^ "Summer Workshop". School of Sound. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
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  20. ^ "Another million euros for film schools". UK Media Team. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  21. ^ "Workshops 2009". Engage. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
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