Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to find, inform and inspire a new generation of film, TV and games talent.

As the UK's national film and television school, it's our mission to seek out home grown British talent and to help it flourish. We want to meet and work with the film, television and games makers of the future - from school leavers to adults looking for a way into the industry - wherever they may come from and whatever their means so that they have the opportunity and support to reach their full potential.

Whether you want to go on to study with us at the NFTS or elsewhere, or get a junior job in the industry and work your way up, our access programme can help you take your career forwards.

Details of how, when and where you can engage with NFTS around the country, can be found below.

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Pop Up Tour

Each year NFTS tutors and alumni head out on the road across the UK to find exciting new talent and to help people discover new and less well-known aspects of the industry.

The Pop Up events are designed to give people an introduction not only into the School and the wider film, TV and games industries, but also to different disciplines - for example, one might focus on Sound and another on Production Design - with specialist insight from expert tutors, alumni and industry professionals. And they won't be dry tutorials - Each event will be supported by material and examples from the latest Universal Pictures international releases including Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, titles from the Fast & Furious franchise and selected titles from Blumhouse and Universal’s animated slate.

Each Pop Up event will be completely individual - a different location, a focus on a different film, TV or games making discipline, different speakers and different Universal Pictures International film projects featured.

Birmingham | Theme: Producing and Production Management | 29 February 2020
Venue: Birmingham City University | Featured Universal Release: The Invisible Man
 

What IS the state of British film (and top-end TV drama) production today? And why is drama production in the age of Netflix such an exciting – and varied – career choice?

All the joy (and occasional despair) of movie-making is revealed in this discussion and screening event, hosted by NFTS Head of Producing Chris Auty, and by Head of Production Management Bex Hopkins.

During this event you will also hear about the careers and experience of our two speakers and meet gradates of the NFTS who will discuss their experience and their journey to where they are now.  A screening and disucssion of our graduates work will also be part of the sessions. 

We are running two identical sessions on the day, The timings are

  • 10.00-12.00 Session 1
  • 13.00-15.00 Session 2
Chris Auty began his career as a journalist (Time Out, Sight and Sound, Hollywood Reporter), before launching his first business venture -- a successful film distribution company that also acquired cinemas (the Gate in London and Cameo in Edinburgh); and then extended the business into international sales and film finance.  
He spent the 1990s building up The Recorded Picture Company for owner Jeremy Thomas; working as a producer alongside him on numerous films; and with him created Hanway Films (one of Europe’s leading film sales companies). In the 2000’s he went on to build up TFC/The Works, a film finance and sales business that backed some 25 films. 
As a producer or executive he has worked with a very wide range of directors -- from Peter Greenaway and David Cronenberg to Shane Meadows, Bob Rafelson, Bernardo Bertolucci, Vincent Ward and Michael Winterbottom – filming everywhere from Argentina and the USA to Germany, Italy and of course England. 
Chris joined the NFTS as Head of Producing in 2012. In 2013 he set up the school’s ground breaking cross-media business program (CBEE - Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives), and in 2016 he planned and established the Marketing & Distribution (MDSE) course which is run by HoD Debbie Rowland

Bex Hopkins began working in Sports production in 1999 as Assistant Producer and also Production Managing short films. She worked as line producer and producer of a number of award winning films, including the BAFTA nominated and Oscar shortlisted short film Lucky and BAFTA nominated Nits. She produced the feature film Mad, Bad & Sad which was released in cinemas in July 2009. Bex previously worked in the Producing Department at the NFTS and has been course leader of the Production Management course since 2011

Don’t miss this exclusive session from the BAFTA award-winning NFTS.

There is a £5 fee for the event, payable upon booking. On the day, venue depending, you will receive refreshments on arrival and subject to availability, merchandise from Universal. 

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

For all booking information and to buy your tickets, please click on this link: BOOK NOW
Bristol | Theme: Digital Effects and Model Making | 7 March 2020

Venue: Arnollfini, Bristol | Featured Universal Release: Troll 2 World Tour

 

During this session you will meet our Head of Department for Model Making, John Lee and Head of Digital Effects, John Rowe.

John Lee is an experienced model maker, designer, and prop maker who works in Animation and Live action. He created the unique Model Making for Animation course at The National Film and Television School in 2017 after working with John Rowe (Head of DFX) as a visiting tutor for many years. His film credits include: “Fantastic Mr Fox”, “Frankenweenie”, “Isle of Dogs”, plus “Rogue One”, “Star Wars -Episode: 8 The Last Jedi” and “Solo – A Star Wars story”.

At this Masterclass, John will discuss his experience in the industry, along with information about his full time One-year diploma Model Making course. The course teaches professional skills, how to use workshop equipment, and importantly, how to collaborate successfully with other departments at the NFTS, including Digital Effects, so that upon graduation, Model Makers are confident and well equipped to enter the world of model and prop making.

The National Film and Television School’s Head of DFX, John Rowe, reveals how to establish a career working on VFX projects, like Marvel and Star Wars films, His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones.

With countless possible career paths open across multiple industries, the NFTS DFX course has a 90% employment rate, with many students securing work ahead of graduating.

Creating the best visual effects is an integral and exciting part of film and television. If you’re searching for a career that combines the perfect mix of story-telling, cutting-edge technology and creativity, in a rapidly expanding industry, DFX could be for you

We will be running 2 identical sessions on the 7th March

The morning (AM) session will run from 11am - 1pm. Registration is from 10.30am.
The afternoon (PM) session will run from  2pm- 4pm. Registration is from 1.30pm 

Don’t miss this exclusive session from the BAFTA award-winning NFTS.

There is a £5 fee for the event, payable upon booking. On the day, venue depending, you will receive refreshments on arrival and subject to availability, merchandise from the featured Universal release, Trolls 2

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.  

For all booking information and to buy your tickets, please click on this link: BOOK NOW

 

Liverpool | Theme: Sound | 21 March 2020
Venue: Everyman Playhouse Theatre, LIverpool | Featured Universal Release: No Time to Die


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Cornwall | Theme: Cinematography| 28 March 2020
Venue: Cornwall College, Cambourne, Cornwall  Featured Universal Release: No Time to Die

During this exciting session, Oliver Stapleton, Co-Head of Cinematography at NFTS,  will be discussing life as a cinematographer and showing some “behind the scenes” footage from his work. The 2 hour session will also include short workshops that Oliver conducts with his NFTS Students. A recent graduate will join Oliver to answer specific questions about their experiences, and as Oliver is a graduate himself from 1980, he has a solid historical overview of the school in its many incarnations that he can talk about.  Specific focus will also be given to exploring the many opportunities available in the UK film and TV industry as part of the team of Camera and Lighting people who make up the crew of a film, along with information about how to get work in the industry.

Oliver has a way of touching every genre in the industry, with films like the musical "Absolute Beginners" of 1986, the Nicholas Sparks' drama "The Best of Me" from 2014, and the 1988 sci-fi comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy," which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He began his career shooting documentaries and music videos, and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography for his work with the band, a-ha, for "Take On Me." He has also worked on video projects with great musicians, such as David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Eddie Grant and The Human League among many others.

We will be running 2 identical sessions on the 28th March:

The morning (AM) session will run from 10am - 12noon. Registration is from 9.30am.
The afternoon (PM) session will run from 1pm- 3pm. Registration is from 12.30pm

Don’t miss this exclusive session from the BAFTA award-winning NFTS.

 

There is a £5 fee for the event, payable upon booking. On the day you will, venue depnding, receive refreshments on arrival and subject to availability, merchandise from the featured Universal release, No Time to Die

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Speaker Information 

Oliver Stapleton, BSC, is co-head of Cinematography at the National Film and Television School.

Oliver has worked with a wide array of critically acclaimed filmmakers to make some of the UK & Hollywood's best stories. His career spans decades, with a diverse slate of films from "My Beautiful Laundrette" in 1984, to Michael Hoffman’s “Dear Mr Vidal" in 2018.

Oliver's collaborations with directors like Lasse Hallström and Stephen Frears .The shortlist of actors he has worked with is very impressive: Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston, Anette Benning, Michelle Pheiffer (2), Jennifer Aniston & Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Joachim Phoenix, to name a few.

 

Booking details will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Cambridge | Theme: Science and Natural History | 4 April 2020
Venue: TBC 


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Bath | Theme: Documentary | 25 April 2020
Venue: TBC 


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Bournemouth | Theme: Marketing, Sales and Distribution | 9 May 2020
Venue: TBC | Featured Universal Release: Fast and Furious 9 ​


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Bournemouth | Theme: Directing and Producing for Television Entertainment  | 9 May 2020

Venue: TBC | 


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

London | Theme: Editing | 27 June 2020
Venue: NFTS London, Golden Square SOHO, London | Featured Universal Release: Minions 2 The Rise of Gru


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Brighton | Theme: Directing Animation and Games Design and Development  | 4 July 2020
Venue: TBC | Featured Universal Release: Minions 2 The Rise of Gru


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

TBC | Theme: Directing Fiction and Assistant Directing and Floor Managing | 11 July 2020
Venue: TBC | Featured Universal Release: TBC


The National Film and Television School is coming to a venue near you.

In these Pop Up events, our incredible Heads of department will organize a mix of presentation and collaborative activities highlighting the career area stated in the event title. This may include examples of their experiences within the industry, hints and tips about getting into the world of film TV and/or games and details of the careers available in the highlighted field.

Where possible, attendees may hear from and ask questions of current NFTS students or alumni about their time at the school and their own experiences in the industry, along with screenings of their work.

As an additional bonus, where there is a film release linked to the event you may get your hands on free official merchandise from the film, or be able to view exclusive assets or footage from the release, thanks to Access NFTS being supported by Universal Pictures.

These events are a great opportunity to find out more about careers and opportunities in the Film, TV and Games industry, meet professionals with great experience they can share with you and make contacts with other likeminded people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Exact details of the event and speakers will be advertised here no later than 3 weeks prior to the event, along with booking information. In the meantime if you would like to be notified about the event please click here to complete our expression of interest form.

Please note these events are open to anyone over the age of 16 interested in a career in the Film, TV and Games industry. Ideally you will have a special interest in the specific area covered in the event, but if you just want to learn more about it then do come along. Anyone is welcome regardless of your experience or background. The aim of these events is raise awareness and experiences of the industry and inspire you to aim to be a part of it.

Film Festivals and Events

We regularly attend a variety of Film Festivals and other events. These include the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, Aesthetica in York, the BECTU Freelancers Fair and the RTS Futures Conference. 

Below are confirmed dates for upcoming festivals and events we will be at in the coming weeks and months.

LONDON | BECTU Freelance Fair | June 2020
More details to follow
YORK | Aesthetica film Festival | October 2020

We will once again be attending the industry marketplace at this years festival. Further details to come. 

Work in our local area

The NFTS is a national institution, but it is also a proud part of the thriving screen industries sector in and around our south Buckinghamshire home, including iconic film studios like Pinewood and Leavesden and the dozens of specialist creative businesses based nearby. We work closely with the Buckinghamshire Skills Hub and others to reach out to young people in the local area, including running an annual commercials competition for local sixth form and college students, hosting events as part of Creative Careers Week and taking part in the annual Bucks Skills Show. For more information click on the links below.

Commercials Competition | Year Group: 12 | September 2020 - January 2021
Venue: In School/NFTS | In partnership with Buckinghamshire Skills Hub
The National Film and Television School have set up the NFTS Commercials Challenge in conjunction with Bucks Skills Hub. It not only provides young people with an introduction to the idea of working in the creative sector, but also gives them a very practical opportunity to develop video production skills vital to modern global communication and necessary to so many creative sector roles.The Challenge is a perfect way of enabling schools to meet Gatsby Benchmark 6 and combine careers within the curriculum. It fits particularly well with media, drama and English students – although is open to any interested students.

Particpation of this event is coordinated by Bucks Skills Hub. 
Invitations are sent out in early September each year. Please note only schools within Buckingamshire are eligbile to take part in the challenge currently,

To find out more and register interest in future challenges please contact info@buckstvlep.co.uk 

BFI Film Academy

Annually the School runs the BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Residential for 16-19 year olds. Applications open in September each year and the programme runs in the Spring. For more information on the events available and how to apply, please visit our dedicated webpage https://nfts.co.uk/bfi-film-academy

School, College and University events

If you would like the NFTS to attend an event at your institution, or you would like to bring students to our Beaconsfield Studios site, please contact us on the information below. For more detalls of our courses click here and to find out more about the experiences and accomplishments of our Heads of Department click here.

All events and visits are subject to availability. 

Contact

For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters

Email: outreach@nfts.co.uk  

Phone: 01494 731470

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