2021 is an exciting milestone in the history of the NFTS as we commemorate our landmark 50th anniversary by planning a whole series of exciting events and activities to celebrate our past, present and future!

That’s 50 years of producing some of Britain’s most significant and well known creative talents from directors, producers, screenwriters and composers to behind the camera artists and technicians. The incredible work they, and decades of NFTS graduates have created over the past half a century has helped shape the cultural life of the UK and contributed to the worldwide success of the British film, television and more recently, the games industry.

50 years on, the NFTS has become a production powerhouse that supplies the creative sectors with highly skilled, professionally trained graduates who make an unrivalled impact on the film, television and games industry, with a graduate employment rate of 91%.

Our 50th Anniversary celebrations will run throughout 2021 and due to the pandemic, plans will be fluid so we can quickly adapt to an ever changing situation. Highlights will include the release of previously unseen graduate films from the NFTS archive featuring high profile alumni. We’ll host unmissable Masterclasses with renowned NFTS graduates which will be publically available for all to watch and will partner with a host of international festivals to showcase a series of retrospective work from the past 50 years of the NFTS.

We will continue to share news of what we have planned for 2021 and regular updates will be posted on this page and via our social media channels. Don’t miss all the exciting events we have in store during our very special golden anniversary year and we hope you will join with us to celebrate 50 years of the NFTS!

Read more about the very first intake of students to pass through the NFTS gates in Beaconsfield in September 1971 in our news story celebrating our anniversary

In an article originally published in British Cinematographer magazine to celebrate 50 years of the School, NFTS Director Jon Wardle reflects on the evolution of the School's training offerings and the learning philosophy at its core. 

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