IAFT Introduces New Approach to Practical Filmmaking Education

Students guaranteed to work on US$1m feature film

Online PR News – 07-July-2010 – – LOS ANGELES/CEBU, July 6, 2010 – The International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is pleased to announce the launch of its newest program ‘Professional Immersion Program in Filmmaking’. The nine-month, hands-on program guarantees its students the opportunity to earn film credits and real-world experience by working on an actual feature film production for theatrical release.

The Professional Immersion Program in Filmmaking is a unique program exclusive to IAFT that has its schedule revolving around the shooting cycle of a feature film. Students will be given the opportunity to work in various departments on a rotating basis to expand their learning, from Pre-production through to Post Production. Mentored by industry professionals, students will get hands-on experience on set, using professional equipment and studio facilities in their course of study, and gain invaluable, practical working knowledge in filmmaking. The program will also incorporate classroom lectures that cover Film Marketing and Distribution.

“IAFT is committed to delivering affordable, practical education through a hands-on approach in a real-world situation,” said Keith Sensing, Executive Director of IAFT. “Compared to other film schools, we are in a very unique situation to be able to offer an opportunity for our students to be involved in an actual movie production that is professionally produced for theatrical release. This is due to our affiliation with parent company Bigfoot Entertainment and its facilities arm Bigfoot Studios, and education doesn’t get any more real-world than this.”

Entitled A Life Wasted (working title), the feature film budgeted for US$1m will be directed by John Milton Branton, an all-rounded filmmaker who has held roles as a writer, producer, director, casting manager and actor.

“All necessary preparations are in place to kick-off this project, and while more hands to work on the movie is always welcome, it should not overcast the fact that this is a platform that will arm any aspiring filmmaker with the necessary skills and tools to be successful in this industry,” said Branton.

“This program will ultimately springboard the careers of any aspiring filmmaker with the film credits that they will be earning for themselves – something that is worth more in this industry than mere certification,” concluded Sensing.

Registration is now open and the program is scheduled to commence August 2, 2010. Registrants are required to have basic knowledge in filmmaking to be considered. For a more detailed syllabus of the program, please visit www.filmschool.ph/programs/immersion-program.php.

About The International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT)

Founded in 2003, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is a film school providing a new generation of aspiring filmmakers with a globally competitive education under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. The school offers each student hands-on experience using comprehensive equipment and facilities at a fraction of the cost of comparable institutions. IAFT offers short-term and long-term programs in Filmmaking, Sound Design and Acting that combine theory and application, and are designed for both new filmmakers as well as industry professionals looking to advance their skill set. The school also offers internships and opportunities to work on commercially-viable projects. Located in the heart of Asia on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, IAFT’s tropical campus has facilities for filming and post-production as well as housing. IAFT’s mission is to nurture the creativity and individual talents of every student while cultivating today’s global filmmakers, and to build upon the entertainment traditions of Hollywood and other film capitals of the world.

The International Academy of Film and Television is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bigfoot Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.filmschool.ph and www.bigfoot.com.

About Bigfoot Entertainment

Founded in 2004, Bigfoot Entertainment is an international entertainment company producing independent films for the global marketplace. The company finances and develops feature films, documentaries and reality TV shows, many of which have received industry accolades, festival awards and have been distributed throughout the world. Featuring both well-established and up-and-coming American and international talent, Bigfoot releases have shot on location worldwide including the United States, Hong Kong, China, Africa, Europe and Vietnam. Bigfoot Entertainment produces many of its projects at Bigfoot Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary that encompasses six sound stages and on-site state-of-the-art post-production facilities.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with studios in Cebu, Philippines, Bigfoot Entertainment creates content reflecting a Hollywood foundation with a global perspective. For more information, visit www.bigfoot.com