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Emerging Brits 2020 Industry Showcase


The National Youth Film Academy (NYFA) Emerging Brits Industry Showcase, took place at the ODEON BFI IMAX, the largest cinema screen in Europe, on Wednesday 5th February 2020. It was attended by industry professionals with the showcase celebrating the work of the talented young film members that take part in their year-round SetReady courses.

The Emerging Brits Industry Showcase premiered the work of the academy’s handpicked rising stars in the UK. The exclusive screening premiered three short films, including Kindred – the latest work from Ali Kurr, the director behind the 2020 This Girl Can campaign – as well as Solvi, directed by Joseph Archer, and Rottweiler, directed by John Powell.

Actor Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Biannca Searle (Senior Sales Manager at Odeon Cinema), and Matt Smith (Head of Distribution at Lionsgate Films) are among those who have joined the NYFA board to support and elevate the opportunities the academy provides for young film members through their Emerging Brits programme and year round SetReady courses.

The full list of Advisory Board members for 2020 has been announced as:

  1. Biannca Searle, Senior Sales Manager – Odeon Cinema

  2. Grace Minns, Actor – National Youth Film Academy Student Board Rep.

  3. John Brennan, CEO – ProCam

  4. Joseph Archer, Filmmaker – National Youth Film Academy Student Board Rep.

  5. Matt Smith, Head of Distribution – Lionsgate Films

  6. Nathan Hannawin, Tutor – National Youth Film Academy

  7. Rob Earnshaw, Founder – National Youth Film Academy

  8. Simon Bird, Actor

  9. Stephen Kelliher, Director & Co-Founder – BankSide Films

  10. Sue Jones, Casting Director & East 15 Drama School Industry Liaison Consultant

  11. Susi Figgis, Casting Director

  12. Bill Petrie, Agent – BWH Agency

  13. Zoë Rocha, Producer – RubyRock Pictures

  14. Dean Smith, Actor – National Youth Film Academy Alumni

The National Youth Film Academy is bold and inspirational in developing new talent within the film industry. As a globally respected institution that builds career confidence and celebrates success, the National Youth Film Academy aims to locate, nurture and promote new talent by supporting their members through a year-long programme of career development.

Founder of the National Youth Film Academy Rob Earnshaw said:

“To be able to showcase the work of our fantastic Members on Europes largest screen to over 250 of the UK’s top industry professionals was monumental and the support industry has put into the National Youth Film Academy to make this very first showcase a success was overwhelming. The National Youth Film Academy is an industry lead origination to locate, nurture and promote the very best young actors and film makers. The success of this showcase was a huge stepping stone for our Members to get the recognition for their talent they deserve.”

The Emerging Brits programme launched by the NYFA was created to showcase the next generation of UK film talent between the ages of 16-25. Every three years the NYFA select their ‘Emerging Brits’; the next generation of British actors and filmmakers, supporting them with funding to create a short film which is showcased to industry.



Directed by Joseph Archer, produced by Harry Allmark and written by Jack Price.

Vikings appear on the coast, reopening old wounds and shattering the harmony of the coexisting Christian and Pagan settlers. Will the villagers overcome their differences to save their home? r differences


Directed by John Powell, produced by Thomas Nejad and written by Jordan Gifford.

When Sophia’s boyfriend is released from prison with a violent debt over his head, she is forced to make a choice between love and freedom.


Directed by Ali Kurr, produced by Lissi Simpson-Watt and written by Amelia Simpson.

Upon returning home from a night shift, Alfie discovers his cousins have had a rave at their deceased grandmother’s house.M


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