A picture of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov who is wearing a check jacket and using a smart phone.
Director Timur Bekmambetov

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) has joined forces with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Screenlife Liverpool for a special, one-off masterclass with award-winning film director and producer Timur Bekmambetov.

Timur Bekmambetov is Russia’s most commercially successful film director, having directed box office hits such as Wanted, Night Watch and Searching, working with stars such as Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman.

On Saturday 4 July 2020 Timur is hosting a masterclass for young filmmakers aged 16-25, bringing the revolutionary Screenlife film format to the UK.

Picture of  ICE Director, Professor Martin McQuillan.
ICE Director, Professor Martin McQuillan

ICE Director, Professor Martin McQuillan, said:

“Screenlife is transforming the film industry and we are excited to be partners on that journey. Today’s news presents an incredible opportunity for the young filmmakers and Edge Hill students who participate in the Screenlife training programme with the British Film Institute. We look forward to working with the BFI, Bazelevs and Screenlife Liverpool on future developments”.

Screenlife is a new, immersive storytelling style told entirely through computer, tablet and smartphone screens. Instead of a film set Screenlife allows anyone to make feature films on their desktop at a fraction of the cost and with a much-reduced environmental impact.

The technology was established by Bekmambetov and has grown from independent projects to full-length, world-renowned films, documentaries and TV shows. Screenlife is now so popular that Universal Pictures will be working with Timur on a further five films that are to be shot using the format.

Having developed a partnership with Timur and his Moscow-based production company, Bazelevs, ICE is delighted to be hosting this unique event where young filmmakers have the chance to learn how to use this pioneering technology. 

Following the masterclass, selected participants will have the chance to attend individual pitching sessions. This stage of the training provides the opportunity to share and explore Screenlife ideas directly with Timur. 

Registration for this event will open on Monday 22 June, click here to register for the event. Any Edge Hill student wishing to attend the workshop or pitch ideas should email ice@edgehill.ac.uk.

For more information on Screenlife, click here.

If you would like to study film at Edge Hill there are a number of courses available including BA (Hons) Film Studies, BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production and BA (Hons) Film and Television Production. For the full list of film and tv courses the university offers visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/film-and-tv.