A Level Film Studies students enjoy an enlightening experience at HNC, and widen their knowledge of the film and cinema industries through a variety of opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.


Each year, students studying A Level Film Studies are invited to attend the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.  One of the UK’s largest film events, this BAFTA qualifying festival takes place in York and plays an essential part in introducing new directors and cinema to a wider audience. As well as screening a variety of films across the city centre, festival organisers also host a range of film masterclasses for festival guests.


Students attending the festival took part in a variety of specialist masterclasses including Documentary, Comedy and Film Criticism workshops, building on the knowledge that they have learnt in the classroom, with experts from across the UK’s film industry. Throughout the day, there were plenty of opportunities to discover some new and exciting talent through a series of short films, and the day ended with a full screening of the latest contemporary Hollywood film, 'Decision to Leave', which was screened at the York City Screen.


Dan Hanlon, Head of Faculty for Creative Media, Performing and Visual Arts, comments “Our yearly visit to the Aesthetica Film Festival in York is a valuable experience for our A Level Film Studies students; opportunities like this really do bring learning to life and inspire our students to seriously consider their career options within the film industry. Attending this well-respected Film Festival has supported our students to widen their knowledge of contemporary and independent cinema beyond the classroom, allowing them to build skills that will benefit them far beyond their time at HNC”.


A Level Film Studies is often a new subject for students exploring their post-16 options. Why not come along to our Bookable Lesson Tasters on January 24th to experience this academic A Level in action? Book your space here.

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