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in support of the National Film and Television School

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Join Mike Newell (renowned director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco and Great Expectations) and Sue Vertue (influential producer of The Vicar of Dibley, Mr Bean, Sherlock, Coupling and Gimme Gimme Gimme) for an inspiring and dazzling celebration of the success and achievements of home grown talent across the creative industries, under the theme ‘Great British Directors’.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the summer, the Gala brings together a wealth of industry leaders, influential figures and stars of stage and screen to support the next generation of creative talent, while enjoying the opportunity to entertain clients, reward colleagues or simply mingle with friends at the media event of the season.

Last year the gala raised £300,000 for the NFTS, ensuring that we can continue to offer the talent of the future the best possible creative education, facilities and support, regardless of their background. As well as supporting the everyday activity of the school, money raised has also enabled us to kick start initiatives such as workshops for female directors and continuing support for graduating students.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for the 2017 event!

Please see below for photos from previous Gala events.


Date of Event: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Venue: Old Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DX
Time: Drinks reception at 6.30pm; Dinner at 7.30pm; Close at midnight
Dress Code: Black Tie 

Book Your Table

To book your table, find out more or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gill Woods or Emma Taylor at gala@nfts.co.uk or call 01494 731 381.

Table Prices

Premium (best position) table for 10 - £7,500 or a Standard table for 10 – £3,950.
(Includes pre-dinner drinks reception, delicious three course dinner with coffee and petit fours, all-inclusive wine, beer and soft drinks and entertainment.)

The NFTS Galas are always a sell-out, so book your table early to ensure that you don’t miss out on what promises to be a truly fantastic night.

Where your money goes

All funds raised will go directly to the NFTS – registered charity (313429).  Funds will support scholarships, student film and showmakers and games developers, capital development plans and teaching at the NFTS and help with our efforts to provide even more courses and give the opportunity for all talented young people to come to the NFTS whatever their background or circumstances.

Now more than ever, the School relies on the backing of the industry to support investment in the next generation of talent so we can continue to create the very best graduates in the world.

The 2017 Gala Committee:

Mike Newell – BAFTA award winning director
Sue Vertue – BAFTA and EMMY award winning producer

Committee Members

Mark Batey, Chief Executive of the Film Distributors Association
Kirsty Bell, Partner at Nyman Lisbon Paul and Managing Director at Goldfinch Entertainment
Andrew Chowns, Chief Executive of Directors UK
Simon Cornwell, Co-CEO of The Ink Factory
Jane Featherstone, Founder, Sister Pictures
Anna Higgs, Creative Director of NOWNESS
Miles Jacobson, Managing Director at Sports Interactive
Robert Jones, Managing Director, The Fyzz Facility
Matthew Justice, Managing Director of Big Talk
Karen Lewis Attenborough, Actress and Producer
Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director of Hat Trick
Jess Moore, Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility at Warner Bros.