The UK film, television and games industries turned out in force last night at the National Film and Television School’s annual fundraising Gala, which took place at Old Billingsgate in London and was sponsored by Ingenious.
This year’s Gala had a Great British Producers theme and was hosted by actor, writer and comedian, Nish Kumar and Chaired by BAFTA winning producer and Co-Founder of British Independent Production Company, Hat Trick Productions, Jimmy Mulville (Derry Girls; Episodes; Outnumbered).
A total of over £300K was raised on the night through generous support pledged by industry guests who included Channel 4, BBC Studios, ITV, All3Media, Hat Trick Productions, Sky, Netflix, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures International, Sony Pictures TV, Paramount Pictures, Eon Productions, Working Title, BBC Films, The Walt Disney Company, Cineworld and many more.
Jimmy Mulville led the live auction where guests were invited to pledge funds to support students through their studies and help them make a film. There was also a silent auction where guests could bid for a wide range of items including the chance to attend the red carpet Gala opening or closing film at the London Film Festival, the opportunity to have your name immortalised in Series Six of Line of Duty, a day working with Tim Bevan at Working Title, a chance to go behind the scenes on The Crown with Executive Producer, Andy Harries and afternoon tea at the House of Lords with NFTS Life President and producing legend, Lord David Puttnam.
25 NFTS Producing alumni were invited to attend the Gala and included NFTS’ very first graduate and producer, Steve Morrison (My Left Foot/ Jack and Sarah), Head of Industry: Entertainment at Facebook, Anna Higgs, BAFTA nominated producer, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth), Protagonist Pictures, Head of Development Len Rowles and Oscar nominated producer, Chris Hees (The Bigger Picture). Also in the room were a whole host of the UK’s top producers including Barbara Broccoli, Sue Vertue, Andy Harries, Andrew Macdonald, Kenton Allen, Mathew Justice and Duncan Kenworthy.
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director says: “It was an absolute honour to celebrate Great British Producers at last night’s Gala. Producers are the backbone of our industry and it was fantastic to take some time out to recognise the outstanding achievements of British Producers many of whom are NFTS alumni. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Gala Committee led by Jimmy Mulville who gave up their time to make the event such a success and all the industry guests who have pledged their support at the Gala and who continue to support the School and our extremely talented students and graduates.”