Welcome to the homepage of Access NFTS. The outreach programme of the National Film and Television School.  

About Access NFTS

What is Access NFTS?

Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to discover, inform and inspire a new generation of creative talent.

As the UK's national film and television school, it's our mission to seek out home grown British talent, and allow it to flourish. We want to work with the film, television and game makers of the future, whatever your background, from school leavers to adults looking for access to the industry. Whether you want to ultimately study at the NFTS, or get a junior job and work your way up, our access programme will support you to reach your full potential.

Access NFTS also enhances careers education by offering events, resources and activities that discuss routes into, and the broad range of careers, in the film, TV, and Games industry.

Access NFTS is supported by

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Why run Access NFTS?

Access NFTS is predominantly an outreach programme, but also works to improve diversity and inclusion within the NFTS student body. All activity is continually evaluated to meet the following objectives:

- Increase awareness of the NFTS.
- Increase knowledge of careers, and their relevant pathways, within the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Raise aspirations of those interested in the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Improve attitudes towards the accessibility of Higher Education/Film School, as well as the inclusivity of the Film, TV and Games industry overall.
- Develop necessary skills for the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Enhance awareness of financial, mental health, disability and general student support available within the NFTS, and the wider industry.
- Widen Participation and diversity of engagement, applications, and intake at the NFTS.

 

Who is Access NFTS for?

Access NFTS is open to all.

We want to engage with those already interested in a career in the industry, as well as those not yet aware of the available opportunities. 

We want to work with groups traditionally under-represented in both Higher Education and the Film, TV and Games industry. Our goal is to have a minimum of 50% participation from those who fall into these widening participation categories at all events, ultimately improving diversity and inclusion with our work.

You can see our full Targeting and Eligibitliy criteria by opening this document (PDF)

 

Access NFTS - The Story So Far

Access NFTS launched in September 2019. We engaged with over 8000 people across the UK in our first few months, with events such as:

Careers fairs | Industry Marketplaces | Workshops | Masterclasses | NFTS visits

These events have given opportunities to those from the age of 11 upwards to meet staff, students and alumni of the NFTS, raising aspirations and broadening their knowledge of the Film, TV and Games industry.

Access NFTS prioritises working with other organisations, as well as those from more disadvantaged backgrounds and groups currently under-represented in the industry. Relationships have already been formed with the BFI, Ghetto Film School, Bucks Skills Hub and London Screen Academy.

We have also visited Beaconsfield schools, colleges, and community groups and welcomed groups to the NFTS campus. So far our events have covered multiple behind the camera careers including:

Digital Effects | Screenwriting | Production DesignProduction ManagementProducing Model MakingAnimation TV Entertainment Commercials Documentary

The main focus of the programme has been to take NFTS around the country through a series of Pop Up events. So far we have visited:

Edinburgh Bristol London York BirminghamLeeds Glasgow with more to come in 2022. 

 

Check out our upcoming events listed in the tabs below and book your place(s) today!

Booking is open for our In Conversation and Creative Careers Clinic events now. 

To stay up to date with all events, follow us on Instagram @accessnfts or sign up to our mailing list here.

Access NFTS: In Conversation - BOOKING NOW

Access NFTS is supported by Universal Pictures, with each In Conversation event sponsored by an upcoming Universal release. While the sessions will be predominantly about discussing careers behind the camera, where possible we will talk to NFTS Staff and Students, along with NFTS alumni with links to the highlighted film, genre or franchise. Find out more about upcoming 'In Conversation' events in the tab below.

Find out more about Access NFTS: In Conversation

Join us for a series of live virtual sessions where industry professionals will be discussing their careers and experience behind the camera. Come along and learn about the range of roles available, take the opportunity to ask the experts and maybe find your future career!

To book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form. You can book for multiple events if you wish. These sessions are open to all. There is no charge and they will take place via Zoom. Links will be sent to those booked no later than 24 hours before each event. Under 16's will need the supervision of an adult and log in using their account. 

Click on each event to find out more details

 

Supported by 'Last Night in Soho' (Released October 29th)

28th October: In Conversation with The ScreenWriting Students

 

Supported by 'The Card Counter' (Released November 5th)

1st November: In Conversation with Caroline Amies, Head of Production Design at the NFTS :

 

Supported by 'The Card Counter' (Released November 5th)

2nd November : In Conversation with Writer/Director Lian Meng Rose

4th November : In Conversation with Directors Ebele Tate and James Alexandrou

 

Supported by 'Belfast' (Released February 2022)

11th November: In Conversation with the Crew, Sara Buxton, Assistant Colourist and Simon Chase, Sound Supervisor/Rerecording mixer from 'Belfast'

 

Supported by 'House of Gucci' (Released November 26th)

18th November: In Conversation with Bex Hopkins, Head of Production Management at the NFTS

22nd November: In Conversation with the Crew: Emanuela Piu, Draughtperson on 'House of Gucci' 

 

Supported by 'Blue Bayou' (Released December 3rd)

24th November: In Conversation with Richard Lingard, Head of Assistant Directing and Floor Managing at the NFTS

 

There is no charge for any of these events and they will take place via Zoom. Links will be sent to those booked no later than 24 hours before each event. These sessions are open to all. Under 16's will need the supervision of an adult and log in using their account. 

Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events.

 

Access NFTS: Discover - NEW DATES ADDED SOON

Once a term the NFTS opens its doors to secondary education aged pupils (11-16 years old). The aim of this session is for young people to discover the NFTS, find out what happens at the school, have a tour of the site and meet some current students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.


Find out more about Access NFTS: Discover

Event Length 2 hours
Event times AM Session 09.30-11.30 | PM Session 13.00-15.00
Maximum Capacity 60 attendees.
Group sizes 15 per school/visiting group (more places may be offered depending on availability).
Host Access NFTS: Discover is led by the NFTS Head of Outreach and current NFTS Students
Venue NFTS Beaconsfield

Timetable Each event will follow the same timetable:

Intro to NFTS and careers in the industry (30 minutes with discussion activity)
Tour of NFTS with current students  (30 minutes)
NFTS Film screening with intro from filmmaker(s) (30 minutes)
Q&A with current NFTS students (20 minutes)
Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)

Dates: ANNOUNCED SOON

To book: BOOKING OPEN SOON

Please note: All school requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates. Bespoke requests are not currently available.

Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events

Access NFTS: Experience - FULLY BOOKED, NEW DATES ADDED SOON

Once a term the NFTS will open its doors to further education aged students. The aim of this session is for young people to experience the NFTS. These 4 hour sessions will give an insight into studying at the NFTS, include an interactive experience tour of the school and opportunity to meet staff and students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.

Find out more about Access NFTS: Experience


Event Length 4 hours
Event Times 10.00 - 14.00
Maximum Capacity 60 attendees
Group sizes 15 per school/visiting group (more places may be offered depending on availability).
Host Access NFTS: Experience is led by Head of Outreach, NFTS Staff and current students
Venue NFTS Beaconsfield

Timetable Each event will follow the same timetable:

Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)
Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)
Workshop 1 – Production Design Studio with Caroline Amies Head of Production Design (45 minutes)
Workshop 2 – Model Making Studio with John Lee, Head of Model Making for Animation (45 minutes)
Workshop 3 -  Workshop with Peter Dale, Head of Directing Documentary (45 minutes)
Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes)
Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
 
Dates:  TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
 
To book: Details to follow - Join the mailing list to receive updates 
 
Please note: All college requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates. Bespoke requests are not currently available.
 
Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events
 

Access NFTS: UK Tour RETURNING JANUARY 2022

From January 2022, Access NFTS will be on tour throughout the year, stopping at a new destination each month. Each event will focus on a different subject area(s) and be linked to an upcoming Universal pictures release. (Film released schedule is subject to change)

Find out more about Access NFTS: UK Tour

UK TOUR WILL RETURN IN 2022, DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER 2021

Each stage of the tour will take place over 2 days, a Friday and a Saturday.

On the Friday we will offer masterclasses to local universities, schools, colleges or organisations interested in or affiliated with the Fiilm, TV and Games industry. These sessions will be up to 2 hours in length and can be a mix of presentations and interactive workshops depending on the venue, subject and numbers involved. The Saturday we will be offering 1 session to the local Uni Connect programme (through university outreach departments) and delivering 1 session open to the public.

All details of tour destinations, linked film releases and subject focus are to follow, however we are hoping to visit the following locations during 2022:

  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle 
  • Birmingham
  • Norwich
  • Cardiff
  • Canterbury
  • Brighton 
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol

For colleges, universities, schools or organisations in the areas above please contact us if you would like us to visit you.

Dates: 2022 Dates to be released in October 2021

To Book: Details to follow - Join the mailing list to receive updates 

Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events

Access NFTS: Challenge CURRENT CHALLENGE UNDERWAY, NEW DATES ADDED SOON

Access NFTS runs two challenges each year. Challenges run for a number of weeks with regular input from the NFTS staff and students to help mentor participants. Each challenge is judged by experts at the NFTS with feedback for all and prizes given to winning team(s).

Find out more about Access NFTS: Challenge

Commercial challenge

Open to all Buckinghamshire FE institutions, this is a project where students form groups of up to 5 to create a commercial about what makes their college/sixth from a great place to study.

There is no limit to the amount of students that can take part per institution, however a maximum of 12 institutions can participate. Each institution will need to select the best commercial to represent them in the final, judged by professionals from the NFTS.

The challenge is designed to give information about the careers involved in making a commercial, including director, producer and editor. Teams will complete storyboards and receive masterclasses from the NFTS Head of Directing Commercial course and the Head of Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition course during the challenge.

The challenge is launched in September each year in conjunction with the Bucks Skills Hub, and runs through to January when judging and prize giving takes place.

The 2021 challenge has begun.  Sign up is coordinated each year by Bucks Skills Hub, please speak to your schools link for more information. and to express interest in the 2022 challenge

If you would like more information or discuss this challenge please do contact us on outreach@nfts.co.uk   

Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events

Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics BOOKING NOW

Calling undergraduate students! Are you thinking about your next steps into your future career? Are you interested in the thriving film, television and games industries? Join the National Film and Television School (NFTS) for our upcoming Creative Career Clinic sessions and find out about the many different pathways to a wide range of roles available in the industry.

Find out more about Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics
 
Access NFTS runs a series of Creative Careers Clinics each term, virtually via Zoom. Sessions run from 4.30pm-5.30pm and are aimed at undergraduate students, careers advisors/leaders and anyone interested in the career being highlighted. We particularly welcome those from underrepresented groups to come along. Our next series of clinics are in October 2021 and in the follwoing areas (Click on each title to find out more and book places):

12th October Digital Effects: Visual Effects
 
 
 
 
 
Further Creative Careers Clinics will run in February and June 2022, Details to be released soon.
Join the mailing list to receive updates 
 
Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events
 
Resources and Useful Links

The NFTS Google Archive

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2021, The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to open the vaults of its extensive archive for the very first time, launching a new collection of over 200 digitised films and behind the scenes material.

After five decades training filmmakers across disciplines including fiction, documentary, animation, television and games, the NFTS Digital Archive (g.co/NFTS) features a curated selection of student films made at the NFTS, complimented by a range of multi-media resources including behind the scenes stills, trailers, original screenplays and recent interviews.

Filmmakers such as Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Rose Glass (Saint MaudNick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney) and many more, share memories of making their student films and reflect on their experiences while studying at the NFTS. The incredible work NFTS graduates have created over the last 50 years has helped shape the cultural life of the UK and contributed to the worldwide success of the British film and television industry.

Check it out and be inspired, you might even discover your dream career or at least find out more about the behind the camera work and huge range of roles available. 

BFI Film Academy: Craft Skills

The BFI Film Academy Craft Residential delivered by the NFTS has places for 77 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts.

The NFTS is looking for talented filmmakers aged 16-19 years old to join our BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.

Find out more about the BFI Film Academy

Annually the NFTS 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: nfts.co.uk/bfi-film-academy

Contact

For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters | outreach@nfts.co.uk  

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