NFTS and Pinewood Group announce partnership to train next generation of filmmakers

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has unveiled an ambitious new partnership with Pinewood Group to train the next generation of UK filmmakers, establishing a dedicated education and training centre within Screen Hub UK, Pinewood’s expansion development which will also include an international visitor experience and new film production facilities. The ground-breaking NFTS training … Read more

NFTS graduates class of 2021 and hosts a successful showcase week

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) Graduation Showcase, supported by BBC Studios is an annual celebration of the past 12 months of graduate productions. Produced and delivered during the pandemic, each and every project premiered is the result of sheer hard work and determination, made amidst challenging circumstances. As government restrictions ease, the NFTS was the first UK film school to host an … Read more

National Film and Television School appoints Judith Winnan as head of NFTS Wales

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced it has appointed Judith Winnan, former chair of RTS Cymru Wales as Head of NFTS Wales, its latest new national hub. The opening of NFTS Wales, in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and Creative Wales, was announced in November 2020 and follows the success of hubs in Glasgow and Leeds in addition to the NFTS’ main site in Beaconsfield, … Read more

Point of View: Nurturing Talent

LEARNING BY DOING As the National Film and Television School celebrates its 50th anniversary, NFTS director Jon Wardle, reflects on the evolution of the School’s training offerings and the learning philosophy at its core. It’s been 50 years since the NFTS first opened its doors in Beaconsfield with our first intake of 23 students and … Read more

Sign up for the NFTS webinar with Sir Sam Mendes

Last week the NFTS announced that Sir Sam Mendes is to be awarded with an honorary fellowship and have now confirmed an upcoming BackStories Masterclass on 7 June in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). Mendes was selected for an honorary fellowship by the NFTS board of governors to honour both his superlative contribution … Read more

Centre of Screen Excellence: Elstree opens for recruitment

Recruitment has launched for students to the UK’s second Centre of Screen Excellence which is designed to support the production hub at Elstree, Hertfordshire. ScreenSkills has joined forces with Elstree Screen Arts Academy (ESA), Elstree Film Studios and the National Film and Television School to create the Centre of Screen Excellence: Elstree at ESA, the … Read more

The NFTS to award Sir Sam Mendes with an honorary fellowship

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is delighted to award multi-award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Sir Sam Mendes with an honorary fellowship. NFTS Chairman Patrick McKenna will present the fellowship, awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry at the School’s annual graduation ceremony, due to take place at … Read more

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC

CREATIVE FORCE If Sir Roger Deakins’ career was a screenplay, it would have all the thrills and wow factor of a sure-fire hit movie. Now a knighthood can be added into a narrative already infused with originality, ingenuity, and award-winning creations. The master craftsman shares his valuable insight and discusses filmmaking highlights, creative influences, and … Read more

Life on the Rocks first student film to win Best Of Festival At IWFF

The International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) Awards ceremony took place recently where 2020 NFTS Directing & Producing Science & Natural History Graduation film Life On The Rocks enjoyed huge success. The film won Best Student Film while also being the first student film to be awarded Best Of Festival since the festivals inaugural event in 1977. Life on the … Read more

Ghetto Film School returns to NFTS as part of GFS LDN fellows programme

With locations in New York, LA and London, Ghetto Film School is an award-winning non-profit, founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers, equipping students for top universities and careers in the creative industries. As part of their Access NFTS outreach scheme, the London hub of GFS has collaborated with the … Read more

NFTS celebrates career of Terry Gilliam with masterclass

With a career spanning over six decades, pioneering director, writer and animator Terry Gilliam, known for his visionary body of work including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil, gave a masterclass with a difference to NFTS students to celebrate his highly acclaimed career and mark his recent milestone 80th birthday. In true Terry … Read more

Introducing The NFTS Graduate Showcase

The annual NFTS Graduate Showcase is the jewel in the crown of the School’s calendar. Over the last year, the students have had to work harder than ever to produce their graduation projects during a worldwide pandemic. Under normal circumstances, graduate films and projects made at the NFTS are the culmination of one to two … Read more

Applications open for NFTS Inside Pictures programme

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced applications are open for its prestigious Inside Pictures business training and leadership skills development programme. Now in its 18th successful year, the 2021 programme is open to applicants from around the world who demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industries. The programme is supported … Read more

NFTS and BFI education partnership announced to further diversity and inclusion within the industry

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced a major new partnership with the BFI to deliver a programme of activity that aims to increase access to world class industry education. The Early Stage Access and Diversity Accelerator Programme, which is supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding, will help ensure the UK … Read more

NFTS celebrates 50th anniversary in 2021

2021 is an exciting milestone in the history of the National Film and Television School as it commemorates its landmark 50th anniversary by planning a series of exciting events and activities to celebrate its past, present and future. That’s 50 years of producing some of Britain’s most significant and well known creative talents from directors, … Read more

Apply now for craft certificate courses in Yorkshire

People with an interest in a career in film or television can apply now to five part-time courses in Leeds that will provide them with a clear pathway to working in the film and television industry. The craft certificates are part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a ScreenSkills initiative supported by the BFI awarding … Read more

NFTS launches Post Production Supervision course

WarnerMedia/HBOAccess and Netflix have partnered with the National Film and Television School, helping it develop and launch the Post Production Supervision Certificate. The course will tutor students in technical, scheduling and budgetary information and how to build relationships within the industry. As part of the NFTS’ commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion within the film … Read more

Richard Greatrex BSC

The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC Award-winning cinematographer Richard Greatrex BSC, now an honoury member of the BSC and these days a dedicated stills photographer, was responsible for the look of dozens of films, including Mrs Brown (1997), Flawless (2007), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Warriors (1999), The … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Balancing Acts”

Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Lead image: Credit – Richard Blanshard The second BSC Awards Night was held on February 15th at the Grosvenor House Hotel. After last year’s inaugural event, it was great to see the same energy taken forward by all involved … Read more

Winners crowned at 2020 BSC Awards

On Saturday 15th February 2020, the BSC held its 2nd Awards Night at the Grovesnor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and there was further success for DPs Roger Deakins and Jakob Ihre, plus triumphs for operators Joe Russell and Geoffrey Haley. The event was hosted by Mike Southon BSC and Mike Eley BSC, with Guest … Read more