Welcome to the homepage of Access NFTS, the outreach programme of the National Film and Television School
Click on the tabs below to find out more about Access NFTS, it's history and aims and objectives. To keep in touch with us, you will find contact information at the bottom of the page.
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
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 : Summer Sessions - PLACES AVAILABLE
We are excited to be delivering our first holiday programme for those aged 11-16.
9 FREE workshops are on offer to help young people discover a wide range of behind the camera career areas and try their hand at some of the skills needed. All sessions will be held at the NFTS main site in Beaconsfield. Please note some workshops are across 2 days with both sessions needing to be attended. We are thrilled to say that some sessions have additional places available. If you would like to book a place on the DIRECTORS CHAIR, FILMING IN MINIATURE and/or THE IDEAS FACTORY, then please email email@example.com
Below are the details of each workshop. The Career area covered is in brackets
Monday August 8th, 10am-12pm : Stop! Animation (Directing Animation) COMPLETED - CHECK INSTAGRAM @ACCESSNFTS FOR PICTURES OF THE DAY
Stop motion animation (aka. 'Claymation') is one of the most effective animation techniques used in film and TV favourites such as Wallace & Gromit, Morph, Pingu and Shaun the Sheep. In this workshop, students will learn how to make their own stop motion animation step by step, frame by frame.
Tuesday August 9th, 10am-1pm : From Script to Screen (Production Management) - COMPLETED - CHECK INSTAGRAM @ACCESSNFTS FOR PICTURES OF THE DAY
How does a film go from script to screen? This fun, interactive workshop takes students through all the elements of planning a film shoot - from breaking down a script to finding locations, coming up with a budget to hiring a crew.
Thursday August 11th, 10am - 1pm : Producing a Movie, the Who and How (Producing) - COMPLETED - CHECK INSTAGRAM @ACCESSNFTS FOR PICTURES OF THE DAY
A movie begins and ends with its producer. Through each stage of production, they are juggling financial, practical, creative, and collaborative priorities. This workshop looks at the fundamentals of producing - from concept to premiere.
Monday August 15th, 10am-3pm : Photo Marathon! Learning the Lens (Cinematography) - COMPLETED - CHECK INSTAGRAM @ACCESSNFTS FOR PICTURES OF THE DAY
Cinematography is the art of photography and visual storytelling - equal parts creativity, and technical expertise. This workshop gives students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of framing, composition, and camera technology.
Wednesday August 17th, 10am - 3pm : Running the Show (Assistant Directing and Floor Management)
One of the most demanding roles on set, the Assistant Director (AD) is right hand to the Director. They are responsible for the running of the set / studio, and oversee heads of department. This workshop gives students experience and insight into AD'ing on set.
Thursday August 18th & Friday August 19th, 10am-3pm : Filming in Miniature: Exploring the Macro World (Directing Science and Natural History)
Macro-cinematography invites us into a whole new miniature world - one that exists right under our noses. In this workshop, students not only explore the macro world but learn how to build sequences in natural history film.
Tuesday August 23rd, 10am-3pm : Creating your own Film Festival (Film Studies, Curation and Programming) PLACES AVAILABLE
There is more to cinema than selecting a film and projecting it onto a screen. Curation is about experience, and culture. Devising their own festival programme, students in this workshop will look at what influences the way film is received, and how audiences engage with it.
Thursday August 25th, 10am-3pm : In the Directors Chair (Directing Fiction) PLACES AVAILABLE
What does it mean to direct a film? From directing actors to preparing a shoot, this interactive workshop explores the craft of film direction, and allows students to explore and develop their own creative and communication skills.
Friday August 26th & Saturday August 27th, 10am-3pm : The Ideas Factory (TV Entertainment and Development) PLACES AVAILABLE
Where do movies come from? How are they made? It all starts with an idea! In this fun and creative workshop, students will been given the tools they need to tell a good story, and make their own films at home. We’ll explore idea generation, storytelling, and the process and roles of filmmaking.
Booking is now closed. Email Outreach@nfts.co.uk to be added to book places
- Find out more about Access NFTS: In Conversation
Access NFTS is supported by Universal Pictures, with each In Conversation event sponsored by an upcoming Universal release. The sessions will be informal conversations between the Head of Outreach at the NFTS and a current or past student. The conversation will focus on the career the student is studying for or now working in, their pathway to the NFTS, their experience both before, during their current study and since graduating. They will also be answering questions from the audience.
These sessions are available to all, simply click on the link below to complete a booking form and confirmation details, including the zoom link, will be sent to you in advance of each event.
Booking Form (currently closed)
We will have a different guest in conversation in each session (Click on each event below for full details),
Event details for 22/23 to be released in September
There is no charge for any of these events and they will take place via Zoom between 5pm and 6pm on the dates shown unless otherwise stated
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Discover
Twice 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.
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: 13th October, 15th November, 20th January, 16th March, 18th May, 13th July
To book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form. You can book for multiple events if you wish
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
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Experience
Twice 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.
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 with workshops in 3 different disciplines taught at the school. Details of the workshops for each event will be confirmed nearer to the event date:Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)Workshop 1 – Workshop 1 (45 minutes)Workshop 2 – Workshop 2 (45 minutes)Workshop 3 - Workshop 3 (45 minutes)Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes)Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)Dates: 12th October, 5th December, 22nd February, 20th April, 14th June, 12th JulyTo book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form. You can book for multiple events if you wishPlease 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
- Find out more about Access NFTS: UK Tour - BOOKING FOR INVERNESS AND GLASGOW NOW OPEN
UK TOUR is back for 2022
From March 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)
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 Film, 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 sessions open to all (sign up necessary).
INVERNESS - 15th September 2022
We will be in Inverness on Thursday 15th September with Directing Animation Student Donovan Lenten. 1-2 hour workshops are available to book and we we will bring the session to you. These sessions are open to schools, colleges, universities, training and community groups. There is no charge for these sessions. If you would like us to deliver sessions on this day email firstname.lastname@example.org
GLASGOW - 16th September 2022
We will be in Glasgow on Friday16th September with our Head of Visual Effects Ian Murphy and Directing Animation students Lisa Kenney and Donavan Lenten. 1-2 hour workshops can be booked for either or both areas and we can run multiple sessions throughout the day. These sessions are open to schools, colleges, universities, training and community groups. There is no charge for these sessions. If you would like us to deliver sessions on this day email email@example.com
GLASGOW - 17th September 2022
On Saturday 17th September we will be at The School House, Portman Street, one of NFTS Scotland's training bases. We will be running the following timetable (timings subject to change)
09:30 - 11:00 Sound workshop NFTS Alumni with Rob Szeliga
11:30 - 13:00 Directing with NFTS Alumni Andrew Cumming
11:30 - 13:00 Life as a Freelancer with NFTS Alumni Rob Szeliga
13:30 - 15:00 Animation workshop with Animator Donovan Lenten
13:30 - 15:00 Visual Effects session with NFTS Head of Department Ian Murphy
The Saturday sessions are open to all over 14 years of age. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian
For full details and booking information go to the event page here
In the coming 12 months we are planning to visit:
LIVERPOOL - OCTOBER 7TH - 8TH 2022
NORWICH - DECEMBER 9TH - 10TH 2022
HULL - FEBRUARY 10TH - 11TH 2023
BOURNEMOUTH - APRIL 28TH - 29TH 2023
PLYMOUTH - JULY 16TH-17TH 2023
If you are a college, university, school or organisation in any of the areas above and feel you would benefit from a workshop or masterclass from the NFTS, please contact us to discuss further. Alternatively if your area does not appear above and you are interested in us visiting your city/town get in touch and we can discuss the possibility of planning something for the future.
20 May - We held sessions in Production Management and Assistant Directing at The Unit and Bradford College (School of Art)
21 May - The following sessions were held at the Bradford 2025 venue.in Centenary Square, open to all
Assistant Directing Workshop with NFTS Student Ciara Gallagher, Model Making with NFTS Head of Department John Lee (credits include the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises) and NFTS Graduate Sophie Monk Production Management with NFTS Students Sophie Esslemont and Chloe O' Donoghue
CARDIFF & ABERYSTWYH
28 April - We were at the University of Aberystwyth with Cinematographer and 2018 NFTS Alum Angela Neil.
29 April - We were at Colleg y Cymoedd and Merthyr College with NFTS Student Lisa Kenney (Directing Animation) and Richard Lingard (Assistant Directing and Floor Managing)
30 April - We were at the BBC Wales building in Cardiff running sessions open to all on Animation, Assistant Directing and Editing
We were in Birmingham in March 2022 with NFTS Head of Visual Effects Ian Murphy, Sound Tutor Guy Hake, Composing Tutor Filip Sijanic and Assistant Directing students Alex and Grace.
To see more from our our UK Tour, you can find images and details on our instagram page
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics
- 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.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 will run in Autumn 2022, Details to be released in September.
Find out more about the BFI Film Academy
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.
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
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- NFTS Google Archive
As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2021, The National Film and Television School (NFTS) 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 Maud) Nick 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.
For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters | firstname.lastname@example.org