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.

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.

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

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.

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 

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

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

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