1. The National Film and Television School is one of the best and most respected film, television and new media schools in the world. Following the School’s recent success at the CILECT Awards (the Film School equivalent of the Oscars) The Observer Newspaper described the NFTS as 'the best film school in the world’, and in 2014 the NFTS was listed as the No. 1 International Film School by the Hollywood Reporter.
2. The NFTS is a multi-BAFTA and Oscar winning school. The facts are that there have been 5 Oscar winning and 8 BAFTA award winning NFTS films produced by students; 15 Oscar and 18 BAFTA nominations for NFTS films produced by students; 28 Oscar winning films with key NFTS alumni involvement and 94 Oscar nominations for films with key NFTS alumni involvement. We continue to succeed at the very highest levels, with one student film being nominated for an Oscar in 2013, another winning the student Oscar and three BAFTA wins in a row for NFTS animations in 2014, 2015 and 2016!
3. The School delivers more specialist behind the camera production courses (from Screenwriting through to Cinematography, Animation and Composing) than any other film school in the world. In many cases these are unique at MA level, such as Television Entertainment and Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives.
4. Our students secure top-level jobs very quickly after graduating. For example Lewis Arnold Directed Humans and Misfits, James Cotton Produced The Powder Room and four Production Design graduates got jobs in the Art Department of Star Wars – all getting their first big roles within six months of leaving the NFTS.
5. Our links to Industry are unparalleled. As part of the curriculum courses include set visits to major studios and work placements on UK and Hollywood productions, visits to festivals including Cannes, IDFA and FMX and mentoring by leading industry figures.
6. The NFTS is the only UK film school with its own film studios and its own television studio, both equipped to Industry standards, and with an annual production slate of around one hundred and fifty films our studios and production facilities are always busy. We also provide the budgets for films made as part of the curriculum.
7. The NFTS offers more bursaries and scholarships relative to the size of the student body than any other UK educational institution. The School awards £700,000 for student support to UK students. Scholarship funding is raised from leading media companies, foundations, guilds and private benefactors. The School’s policy is to enable the most talented UK students’ who would not otherwise be able to attend the NFTS to do so.
8. Our Heads of Department and tutors are some of the most successful and distinguished filmmakers in the UK. For example, Oliver Stapleton, our joint Head of Cinematography was Director of Photography on The Shipping News, The Cider House Rules and My Beautiful Launderette and Caroline Amies our Head of Production Design designed In the Name of the Father and Miss Julie.
9. In addition to our regular teachers the top commercial and auteur filmmakers in the world come and do masterclasses. In the last few years we have had David Fincher, Mike Figgis, David Heyman, PT Anderson, Bernado Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Sally Potter, Edgar Wright, James Ivory, Joanna Hogg, Rian Johnson, Joe Wright and Lenny Henry.
10. At the NFTS students build creative relationships with people who they will work with for the rest of their life. For example Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) still works with the same Composer he met at the NFTS and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) the same Sound Designer.