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Past Events

Launched in 2021, our creative partnership with the BFI (British Film Institute) has given our students unique opportunities to learn from industry experts and gain access to landmark independent films on the BFI Player streaming service. Scroll down to learn about some of the events we have organised in the past.
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2023/24

  • Durham BFI Showcase

    Do you enjoy watching films, talking about them, reading about them, even writing about them? If the answer if yes to any of these questions, come along to the Durham-BFI showcase to find out more about this exciting partnership and what’s on offer in the year to come.

    Durham BFI partnership logo

Durham BFI Showcase

Do you enjoy watching films, talking about them, reading about them, even writing about them? If the answer if yes to any of these questions, come along to the Durham-BFI showcase to find out more about this exciting partnership and what’s on offer in the year to come.

Durham BFI partnership logo
  • Play On in the Community

    In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Durham University-BFI Partnership is delighted to bring you a specially selected series of silent movie clips celebrating the work of the Bard.

    Play On
  • Play On in Durham

    In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Durham University-BFI Partnership is delighted to bring you a specially selected series of silent movie clips celebrating the work of the Bard.

    Play On

Play On in the Community

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Durham University-BFI Partnership is delighted to bring you a specially selected series of silent movie clips celebrating the work of the Bard.

Play On

Play On in Durham

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Durham University-BFI Partnership is delighted to bring you a specially selected series of silent movie clips celebrating the work of the Bard.

Play On

2022/23

  • HOPA LIDE 28 June

    Join us for the Durham premier of Petr Nuska’s ethnomusicological documentary Hopa Lide (screened Wednesday 28 June, Music Department, Durham University), and round table discussion on 29 June -

    A young man tuning a piano in a large room with another piano and chairs laid out behind, as though for a concert; stillshot from Hopa Lide film, directed by Petr Nuska
  • HOPA LIDA 29 June

    Join us in person (Durham) or online (via zoom) for a round table discussion responding to Petr Nuska’s ethnomusicological documentary Hopa Lide (screened Wednesday 28 June, Music Department, Durham University). 

    HOPA IIDE film screenshot showing a boy playing a violin

HOPA LIDE 28 June

Join us for the Durham premier of Petr Nuska’s ethnomusicological documentary Hopa Lide (screened Wednesday 28 June, Music Department, Durham University), and round table discussion on 29 June -

A young man tuning a piano in a large room with another piano and chairs laid out behind, as though for a concert; stillshot from Hopa Lide film, directed by Petr Nuska

HOPA LIDA 29 June

Join us in person (Durham) or online (via zoom) for a round table discussion responding to Petr Nuska’s ethnomusicological documentary Hopa Lide (screened Wednesday 28 June, Music Department, Durham University). 

HOPA IIDE film screenshot showing a boy playing a violin
  • BFI Industry-Ready Training

    An exclusive series of workshops aimed at students who are serious about a career in film and television.  

    British Film Industry Logo
  • Careers Weeks: BFI, Film and Television Week

    A week of practical workshops, led by UK film and television industry professionals, to help students explore careers in film and TV. Part of of a series of Careers Weeks focusing on different industries.

    Careers Weeks Term 2 (original size)

BFI Industry-Ready Training

An exclusive series of workshops aimed at students who are serious about a career in film and television.  

British Film Industry Logo

Careers Weeks: BFI, Film and Television Week

A week of practical workshops, led by UK film and television industry professionals, to help students explore careers in film and TV. Part of of a series of Careers Weeks focusing on different industries.

Careers Weeks Term 2 (original size)

Nature, Power and Modernity in early-Soviet Georgian Cinema

In this research talk, Dr Dušan Radunovic discussed nature in Georgian avant-garde art writing, visual art and film in the period between 1915-1930. 

Buba film

The Harder They Come with host Dr Kenny Monrose

As part of Black History Month, Dr Kenny Monrose hosted a viewing of Perry Henzell’s classic crime drama The Harder They Come and a discussion of the film’s key messages.

3 men, still from a movie
  • Durham BFI showcase (online event)

    An online event which explained more about the Durham-BFI partnership and what was on offer in the year to come.

    Student at computer
  • Year Abroad Film Maker Competition

    Tom Mason won our short film competition with Body of Wine, in which a young man travels back to the vineyard where he grew up and encounters his estranged father. Tom is pictured, right, collecting the prize from Simon Litchfield, Exchanges and Study Abroad Manager.

    Student Tom Mason

Durham BFI showcase (online event)

An online event which explained more about the Durham-BFI partnership and what was on offer in the year to come.

Student at computer

Year Abroad Film Maker Competition

Tom Mason won our short film competition with Body of Wine, in which a young man travels back to the vineyard where he grew up and encounters his estranged father. Tom is pictured, right, collecting the prize from Simon Litchfield, Exchanges and Study Abroad Manager.

Student Tom Mason
  • Championing student voices at Durham Film Festival

    Durham Film Festival is back for 2023 to champion student voices from across the globe. The festival will take place on 12 and 13 June at the Gala Theatre and Cinema in Durham city centre. 

    Durham Film Festival
  • Durham-BFI-Bloomsbury Publishing Masterclass

    The Durham-BFI Partnership, in conjunction with Bloomsbury Publishing, ran a publishing masterclass aimed at anyone working on film and seeking to learn more about publishing opportunities in the field. 

    BFI logo

Championing student voices at Durham Film Festival

Durham Film Festival is back for 2023 to champion student voices from across the globe. The festival will take place on 12 and 13 June at the Gala Theatre and Cinema in Durham city centre. 

Durham Film Festival

Durham-BFI-Bloomsbury Publishing Masterclass

The Durham-BFI Partnership, in conjunction with Bloomsbury Publishing, ran a publishing masterclass aimed at anyone working on film and seeking to learn more about publishing opportunities in the field. 

BFI logo

2021/22

  • BFI Careers Week

    Professionals from across the film and TV industry talked about their roles and careers during this week of virtual events hosted by the British Film Institute.

    British Film Industry Logo
  • Student Work Placement at the BFI

    Durham University student Isabella French writes about three surprising things she learned during her work placement at the BFI.

    The BFI offices

BFI Careers Week

Professionals from across the film and TV industry talked about their roles and careers during this week of virtual events hosted by the British Film Institute.

British Film Industry Logo

Student Work Placement at the BFI

Durham University student Isabella French writes about three surprising things she learned during her work placement at the BFI.

The BFI offices
  • Support for Durham Film Festival

    BFI supported Durham Film Festival, a student-run event which re-launched in the summer of 2021 after being cancelled during the pandemic.

    Durham Film Festival logo
  • Chinese Film Week

    Chinese Film Week is a unique non-profit film festival started by started by two Durham University students to facilitate education and cultural awareness, combat Sinophobia and promote Chinese cinema.

    Chinese Film Week logo

Support for Durham Film Festival

BFI supported Durham Film Festival, a student-run event which re-launched in the summer of 2021 after being cancelled during the pandemic.

Durham Film Festival logo

Chinese Film Week

Chinese Film Week is a unique non-profit film festival started by started by two Durham University students to facilitate education and cultural awareness, combat Sinophobia and promote Chinese cinema.

Chinese Film Week logo

Other Durham BFI events held in 2021/22:

  • Queer Film Week
  • Year Abroad film competition