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.
Access NFTS is supported by
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.
- LEEDS | Theme: Screenwriting | 30 November 2019
- Venue: ITV Yorkshire, 27 Burley Street, Leeds , LS3 1JT | Featured Universal Release: Last Christmas
We are excited to welcome Paul Fraser, a regular tutor at NFTS who will be running 2 hour masterclasses for us in Leeds. Paul will discuss his experience in the industry, the Screenwriting Masters degree at NFTS, how he got into the field and the career opportunities within it. Paul will also be answering your questions about the world of screenwriting. Paul is a writer and director, known for TwentyFourSeven (1997), Dead Man's Shoes (2004) and A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
We will be running 2 identical sessions on the 30th November:
The morning session will run from 10am - 12noon. Registration is from 9.30am.
The afternoon session will run from 1pm- 3pm. Registration is from 12.30pm
Due to the nature of the building please ensure you bring photo I.D with you.
There is a £5 fee for the event, payable upon booking. On the day you will receive refeshments on arrival and merchandise from the featured Universal release, To book your place please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/access-nfts-pop-up-screenwriting-tickets-81570203675
- LONDON | Theme: Production Design | 7 December 2019
- Venue: London Screen Academy, Islington | Featured Universal Release: Cats
Ann Kutzer and Richard Henley are current students at NFTS, studying Production design. During this whole day session Anna and Richard will talk about their course and the experiences they have had, including their work placement on the set of the upcoming film release of 'Cats'. As well as talking about their experiences they will show examples of work from students at the NFTS and from 'Cats' itself. After this initial talk they will then run a hands on workshop. Learning how Art Departments make their scale models for set design. Using a painting as reference, attendees will work in teams to construct a 1/4” - 1’0” scale model of the painting and make it as close to the reference as possible.
Ann and Richard will also be joined by Tim Hutchinson. Tim is both Bafta and Oscar nominated and is credited on a diverse catalogue of work including TV shows Poirot and The Likely Lads and films such as Highlander, Victor/Victoria and Mansfield Park.
The session will run from 10am - 5.30 pm. Only 20 places are available on the full day event. Additional tickets are available for the initial talk from 10.00-11.30.
Registration is from 9.30am. Refreshments will be served on arrival and lunch will be provided to attendees staying for the whole day. Please highlight any dietary requirements by emailing email@example.com
There is a £5 fee for both the presentation and workshop elements of the day, payable upon booking. If you would like to attend both sessions please ensure you register for both when booking. On the day you will receive refreshments on arrival, lunch will be provided to those staying for the whole day along with merchandise from the featured Universal release of ‘Cats’. To book your place please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/access-nfts-pop-up-production-design-tickets-81692738179
- SWANSEA | Theme: Digital Effects| 18 January 2020
- Venue: TBC | Featured Universal Release: Voyage of Doctor Doolittle
More details to follow
- TRURO | Theme: Documentary | 15 February 2020
- Venue: TBC
More details to follow
- BIRMINGHAM | Theme: Producing and Production Management | 29 February 2020
- Venue: TBC | Featured Universal Release: The Photogragh
More details to follow
- BOURNEMOUTH | Theme: Model Making and Digital Effects | 7 March 2020
- Venue: London Screen Academy, Islington | Featured Universal Release: Trolls 2
More details to follow
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.
- PINEWOOD | Open Doors Event 16 November 2019
Come and explore careers, jobs and renowned companies on the world famous Pinewood Studios lot. Meet training providers, employers, award-winning talent and make an informed decision about your next steps.
The day will involve businesses on-site at Pinewood opening their doors, running programmes of demonstrations and will be as visual and interactive as possible.
There will be a programme of panels and Q&A's with industry professionals in the John Barry Theatre. These will be held in three sessions, and repeated at all three sessions. But all companies will be available all day.
For more information go to https://www.screenskills.com/events/open-doors-pathways-to-the-creative-industries/5003/
- YORK | RTS Futures Fair | February 2020
- More details to follow
- LONDON | BECTU Freelance Fair | June 2020
- More details to follow
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 2019 - January 2020
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters
Phone: 01494 731470