Welcome to the homepage of Access NFTS. Here you can find out all about the programme, see some great links and resources or book yourself onto one of our upcoming events or activities!

About Access NFTS

What is Access NFTS?

Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to find, inform and inspire a new generation of film, TV and games talent.

As the UK's national film and television school, it's our mission to seek out home grown British talent and to help it flourish. We want to meet and work with the film, television and games makers of the future - from school leavers to adults looking for a way into the industry - wherever they may come from and whatever their means so that they have the opportunity and support to reach their full potential. Whether you want to go on to study with us at the NFTS or elsewhere, or get a junior job in the industry and work your way up, our access programme can help you take your career forwards.

Access NFTS also aims to enhance in school/college careers education by offering events, resources and activities that support Gatsby benchmarks 1,2,4,5,6,7 (depending on activity)

Access NFTS is supported by

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Why run Access NFTS?

Access NFTS is predominantly an outreach programme, however activity will be used in some cases to help improve diversity and inclusion within the NFTS student body.

All activity is continually monitored and evaluated to determine the impact on the audience and the adherence to the programmes aims and objectives which are to:

- Challenge perceptions and increase awareness of the NFTS
- Increase knowledge of careers in, and pathways into, the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Raise aspirations of those interested in the Film, TV and Games industry
- Improve attitudes towards entry and accessibility into Higher Education/Film School Improve attitudes towards careers, inclusivity and accessibility to the Film, TV and Games industry
- Improve skills in aspects of the Film, TV and Games industry
- Enhance awareness of available support including financial support, general student support, mental health and disability within the NFTS and 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 who are already interested in a career within the industry, but also to raise awareness of the opportunities to those who don’t know about them. We also have a goal to help improve diversity and inclusion by widening participation through our work.

To help achieve this goal we will be aiming specifically to work with groups traditionally underrepresented 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.

 

Access NFTS - The Story So Far

Access NFTS launched in September 2019. In its first few months the scheme has engaged with over 8000 people across the UK. This has been through a series of events including;

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

All of the events have given opportunities to those not for people from the age of 11 upwards to meet staff, students and alumni of the NFTS and help broaden knowledge and raise aspirations for those interested in the film TV and games industry.

A priority for the Access NFTS scheme is to work in partnership with other organisations and to help those from more disadvantaged backgrounds or those groups underrepresented in the industry currently ensure opportunities to experience. 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 on site at 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 though 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

All of the events have given opportunities to those not for people from the age of 11 upwards to meet staff, students and alumni of the NFTS and help broaden knowledge and raise aspirations for those interested in the film TV and games industry.

A priority for the Access NFTS scheme is to work in partnership with other organisations and to help those from more disadvantaged backgrounds or those groups underrepresented in the industry currently ensure opportunities to experience. Relationships have already been formed with the BFI, Ghetto Film School, Bucks Skills Hub and London Screen Academy.

 

Check out our upcoming events listed below and book your place today!
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Access NFTS: Discover

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 10 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 (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: 2021/2022 dates to be released soon
To book: Details to follow

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

Access NFTS: Experience

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 10 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, however each event will vary in terms which workshops are run. Full details of each event will be promoted in advance.

Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)
Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)
Workshop 1 – Film (45 minutes)
Workshop 2 – TV (45 minutes)
Workshop 3 -  Games (45 minutes) Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes) Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)

Dates: 2021/2022 dates to released soon
To book: Details to follow

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

Access NFTS: UK Tour

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

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 and colleges. 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 all.

All details of tour destinations, linked film releases and subject focus are below

For colleges, universities or schools in the areas we are visiting please contact us if you would like a dedicated session in your institution.

For more information or to book onto the general public session in your area please visit ourEventbrite page.

Dates: 2021/2022 Dates to be released shortly
To Book: Details to follow

Access NFTS: Challenge

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 there will be a maximum of 12 institutions that can participate. Each institution will need to select their 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 learn about and complete storyboards and will 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, supported by schools enterprise coordinators and runs through to January when judging and prize giving takes place.

Full details of the challenge will be sent out in early September 2021. In the meantime, if you would like more information or discuss this challenge please do contact the Head of Outreach via the contact us page.

TV Entertainment Challenge

Details to follow

Access NFTS: Celebrates

Access NFTS will, twice a year, celebrate a particular film, genre or franchise. These events will consist of a series of events looking at careers behind the camera that help with the success of the subject being celebrated. NFTS Staff and Students along with NFTS alumni with links to the highlighted film, genre or franchise will take part in a variety of workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions.

Find out more about Access NFTS: Celebrates

Current celebration events are detailed below.

Fast and Furious 9

To celebrate the release of Fast and Furious 9, Access NFTS has recently run a series of events looking at some of the essential careers behind the success of this popular movie franchise. These career led sessions, included hints and tips for success, pathways into the field and an insight into a typical day (if there is such a thing). Experts with years of experience in the industry as well as students currently preparing for their future career discussed their expereince and pathways to where they are now. We were also thrilled to have guests who were involved in the film talking to us about their experiences. These sessions were intended to help you to discover new career pathways and help you see the broad range of careers behind the camera in the Film, TV and Games Industry.

Although the sessions have ended, each of them was recorded. Therefore we will be making them available to you in due course. The sessions are for anyone interested, aspiring to get into or already involved in this industry and could be used for individuals to learn more or be shared in careers lessons in schools/colleges for example.  They are a perfect opportunity to find out if one of these careers could be the future for you.

The careers covered in this series were:

Assistant Directing and Floor Management 

Production Management 

Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition

Digital Effects

Please contact us if you would like copies sent to you when they are ready. We will update this page when they become available. 

No Time To Die

Coming early September - Details to be released soon

Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics

Calling undergraduate students! Are you starting to think 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 wide range of roles available in the industry and the many different pathways into them.

Find out more about Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics

Current clinics are covering the folllowing areas, click on the titles for more information and to book your place(s):

Production Management

Access NFTS aims to run a series of Creative Careers Clinics each term. Keep checking the website for future events.

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

Friends of Access NFTS 

Access NFTS works with a number of organisations who share simliar values and we support each other through events and resoucrces. Below is infomation on how we work with each of them,. For more information on  the organisations themselves you can view their websites by just clicking on their name

Ghetto Film School

Details to follow 

London Screen Academy 

Details to follow 

Mama Youth

Details to follow 

Into Film

Details to follow 

The Care Covenant

Details to follow

 

Free Masterclasses

In this section we will post about our Masterclasses that are available for you to stream for free.

NFTS Masterclass of Masterclasses

Closing its doors in March due to the pandemic, the NFTS was keen to keep students feeling inspired and supported while they studied from home. The School reached out to over 50 high profile names and past alumni including Sam Mendes, Elisabeth Moss, Stephen Fry, Sally Wainwright, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Malorie Blackman, Marielle Heller and a host of others who all signed up to deliver exclusive Virtual Masterclasses from their own homes.

This 90 minute video montage features highlights from some of the masterclasses held online for NFTS students during lockdown in 2020.


Terry Gilliam

With a career spanning over six decades, pioneering director, writer and animator Terry Gilliam, known for his visionary body of work including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil, gave a Masterclass with a difference to NFTS students to celebrate his highly acclaimed career and mark his recent milestone 80th birthday.


Jina Jay, Shaheen Baig and Jane Arnell | Casting Masterclass

Hear NFTS Director, Dr Jon Wardle in discussion with renowned Casting directors Jina Jay (Black Mirror, Bird Box), Shaheen Baig (Peaky Blinders, Free Fire) and NFTS Casting Course Leader Jane Arnell (Deep Blue Sea, Suspects) talking about the role of the Casting director and the new NFTS Casting Certificate course supported by the CDG (The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain & Ireland)


Nick Rowland & Joe Murtagh | Calm with Horses

Just a few short years since graduating from the NFTS, graduates Nick Rowland and Joe Murtagh enjoyed a virtual homecoming during a Masterclass hosted by NFTS Director Jon Wardle to celebrate the release of their stunning debut feature film, Calm with Horses.Watch here.

The film is available to rent now from the BFI player. There is also a live Q&A with Nick on the BFI YouTube channel. The channel also hosts a lot of other interesting clips and interviews.


Sally Potter | The Roads Not Taken

We were excited to hold our first Instagram Live Masterclass on with renowned Director and Screenwriter, Sally Potter. Watch here.

Sally's film The Roads Not Taken starring Javier Bardem and Elle Fanningis available on Digital and On Demand.

Useful Links

In this section we will highlight any links, either here at the NFTS or from other related organisations that we feel might be of interest to you. The below links are aimed at a variety of audiences.  

- Screenskills have a huge amount of careers information on their website Find out more here.

- Discover Creative Careers have a whole host of online opportunities available. Find out more here.

- BFI have a screening platform with various levels of membership, including a free one. Check out some free films here.

- The National Theatre have a range of productions available online. This will require a subscription or one off renewal fee per production.Details can be found here.

- For the younger age range, watch interviews, enter competition and access events on the BAFTA Kids website here

- If musicals are your thing, check out 'The Show Must Go On' YouTube channel here.

- Visit the BFI at home webpage, showing contemporary and classic cinema for free

- Creative England has a lot of shorts and features along with lots of information here.

- The BFI Network website hosts lots of podcasts and features related to careers in the film and TV industry, more details here.

- BAFTA offer a programme of events and screenings you can access here

- BAFTA Guru is a great source of career information and inspiration for you here 

- YGD is for young games designers out there, find out more here

- Fancy learning how to make a stop motion animation, Animator Tim Allen has a tutorial for children right here

- Fans of Wallace and Gromit know they were born at NFTS and now live at Aardman studios, There are some great articles on different careers and student diaries on the Aardman Academy website.

- The BBC have a great page about careers in film, TV and Games, with insight from professionals and great videos about working in the industry.

- Channel 4 have the 4Talent webpage, with information on apprenticeships, work experience, training and events.

and of course, be sure to check out the NFTS Screening room website for clips of students work, showreels, trailers and promos taking you behind the scenes at the school. 

Images from previous Access NFTS events

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Contact

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

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