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.
Details of how, when and where you can engage with NFTS around the country, can be found below.
Access NFTS is supported by
Pop Up Tour
Each year NFTS tutors and alumni head out on the road across the UK to find exciting new talent and to help people discover new and less well-known aspects of the industry.
The Pop Up events are designed to give people an introduction not only into the School and the wider film, TV and games industries, but also to different disciplines - for example, one might focus on Sound and another on Production Design - with specialist insight from expert tutors, alumni and industry professionals. And they won't be dry tutorials - Each event will be supported by material and examples from the latest Universal Pictures international releases including Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, titles from the Fast & Furious franchise and selected titles from Blumhouse and Universal’s animated slate.
Each Pop Up event will be completely individual - a different location, a focus on a different film, TV or games making discipline, different speakers and different Universal Pictures International film projects featured.
- GLASGOW | Theme: Animation | 12 October 2019
- Venue: BBC Scotland | Featured Universal Release: The Addams Family
2 of our amazing head's of department at NFTS will be in Glasgow running talks and workshops, using assets from the upcoming Universal Pictures fiim release The Addams Family, showing how model making and animation bring the story to life.
Robert Bradbrook is Head of Animation at NFTS. In his fun and informative workshop, participants will learn about the importance of a character’s personality when animating them and how their potential flaws can propel a story forward. As well as a visual talk, including NFTS animations, participants will develop their own character and bring it to life with a paper bag mask. His films include Home Road Movies,which was nominated as Best Animated Short at the 55th British Academy Film Awards. Both speakers will also talk about the pathways into NFTS and the career options within the industry.
John Lee, the Head of our Model Making diploma, has been involved in films such as Star Wars The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story, along with Isle of Dogs and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. John will be talking about his experience in the industry and showing examples of students work, including actual models made at NFTS. John will also be joined by a local NFTS graduate who will talk about her journey into the industry and her future plans.
For further information and to book your place please click here.
- LEEDS | Theme: Screenwriting | 30 November 2019
- Venue: Tbc | Featured Universal Release: Last Christmas
More details to follow
- LONDON | Theme: Production Design | 7 December 2019
- Venue: Tbc | Featured Universal Release: Cats
More details to follow
Film Festivals and Events
We regularly attend a variety of Film Festivals and other events. These include the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, Aesthetica in York, the BSCTU Freelancers Fair and the RTS Futures Conference.
Below are confirmed dates for festivals and events we will be at in the coming weeks and months.
- BRISTOL | Encounters Film Festival | September 2019
- Venue: Arnolfini - Theatre | Animation and Model Making Masterclass | Friday 27th September 2019
For five years in a row, a NFTS Animation has won the BAFTA for Best British Short Animation as well as other prestigious animation awards. Robert Bradbrook, Head of Animation, will give an illustrative talk that will highlight the diversity and inventiveness of the work that comes from the school and explains why it would be hard to realise in any other college in the world.
John Lee, Head of Model Making will discuss his unique one-year diploma course, which teaches professional skills, how to use workshop equipment, and importantly, how to collaborate successfully with fellow students within the NFTS. John’s film credits include: “Fantastic Mr Fox”, “Frankenweenie”, “Isle of Dogs”, plus “Star Wars - Episode: 8 The Last Jedi”
For more information on the festival and how to book onto this masterclass go to https://www.encounters.film/
- YORK | Aesthetica Film Festival | November 2019
- Venue: De Grey Rooms Ballroom | Industry Marketplace | Friday 8th November 2019
New to 2019, Aesthetica introduces the Industry Marketplace. The first event of its kind in the UK, it is a platform for attendees and delegates to engage with key organisations from across the sector, including international film festivals, screen agencies, sales agents, global distributors and renowned universities. It is a destination for individuals to meet face-to-face with those changing the industry today. NFTS will be be attending the market place so come and talk to us about the school, it's course's and opportunites, pathways in, and the career destinations and successes of our past students.
Bex Hopkins, Head of Production Management at NFTS will be available at our stand to talk to about the school, her course in more detail and her expereince in the industry,
For more information on the festival and how to visit the industry marketplace go to https://www.asff.co.uk/
- YORK | RTS Futures Fair | February 2020
- More details to follow
- LONDON | BECTU Freelance Fair | June 2020
- More details to follow
Work in our local area
The NFTS is a national institution, but it is also a proud part of the thriving screen industries sector in and around our south Buckinghamshire home, including iconic film studios like Pinewood and Leavesden and the dozens of specialist creative businesses based nearby. We work closely with the Buckinghamshire Skills Hub and others to reach out to young people in the local area, including running an annual commercials competition for local sixth form and college students, hosting events as part of Creative Careers Week and taking part in the annual Bucks Skills Show. For more information click on the links below.
- Bucks Skills Show | Year Group: 9+| 18th-19th October 2019
- Venue: The Gateway, Aylesbury | In partnership with Buckinghamshire Skills Hub
Bucks’ largest skills and careers event helps young people explore future careers and work out how to get where they want to go. NFTS students will be attending the event and running an activity where attendees can try their hand out at puppet animation. The students will give a unique insight in how stop-motion films such as Wallace and Gromit are made and brought to life.
For more information on the event and how you can take part please go to https://bbf.uk.com/event/bucks-skills-show-2019
- Creative Careers Week | Year Group: 10 | 21st November 2019
- Venue: NFTS | In partnership with Screen Skills
The 18th - 23rd November 2019 is Creative Careers Week. The Creative Careers Programme share many aims with Access NFTS in that it hopes to ensure that there is a larger and more diverse intake of young people into the sector. When creative careers was launched it stated that "Skills shortages and risks to the talent pipeline are some of the most urgent challenges facing the creative industries. There is a lack of awareness among young people and those who influence them about opportunities for work within the creative economy and how to pursue them, which has limited the talent and diversity of those entering the sector"
Therefore NFTS is opening its doors to 60 young people from the local area to come for an immersive day of activites and demonstrations at the school to help inspire, engage and inform them about the many opportunties available within the creative industries Participation of this event is coordinated by Screen Skills.
To find out how you could get involved in future events please contact email@example.com.
To find out more about Creative Careers Week please go to https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/publications/creative-careers-programme
- Commercials Competition | Year Group: 12 | September 2019 - January 2020
- Venue: In School/NFTS | In partnership with Buckinghamshire Skills Hub
The National Film and Television School have set up the NFTS Commercials Challenge in conjunction with Bucks Skills Hub. It not only provides young people with an introduction to the idea of working in the creative sector, but also gives them a very practical opportunity to develop video production skills vital to modern global communication and necessary to so many creative sector roles.The Challenge is a perfect way of enabling schools to meet Gatsby Benchmark 6 and combine careers within the curriculum. It fits particularly well with media, drama and English students – although is open to any interested students.
Particpation of this event is coordinated by Bucks Skills Hub.
Invitations are sent out in early September each year. Please note only schools within Buckingamshire are eligbile to take part in the challenge currently,
To find out more and register interest in future challenges please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BFI Film Academy
Annually the School 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 https://nfts.co.uk/bfi-film-academy
School, College and University events
If you would like the NFTS to attend an event at your institution, or you would like to bring students to our Beaconsfield Studios site, please contact us on the information below. For more detalls of our courses click here and to find out more about the experiences and accomplishments of our Heads of Department click here.
All events and visits are subject to availability.
For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters
Phone: 01494 731470