The National Film and Television School Joins Forces with Ghetto Film School to Empower Young Storytellers for Fifth Consecutive Year

Last week, 18 young emerging filmmakers from London were welcomed into the National Film and Television School to experience hands-on, practical training within our state-of-the-art facilities.
For its fifth consecutive year, the NFTS teamed up once again with storytelling charity Ghetto Film School (GFS) to host a dynamic six day programme of activity. This initiative aims to empower students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds to direct, produce, and shoot their own live projects. Throughout the week, participants fully immersed themselves in hands-on video and audio editing workshops and explored the creative realms of wardrobe, props, and animation, all while utilising NFTS's world-class equipment and expert instruction.

Two Ghetto Film School Fellows with a camera

Emerging filmmakers from Ghetto Film School engaging in hands-on camera training

Speaking on the latest collaboration, Jon Wardle, NFTS Director said: “Ghetto Film School is a phenomenal organisation, helping young people to realise their talents while unlocking the talent of tomorrow.” 

Established in 2000, Ghetto Film School is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to educating, developing, and celebrating the next generation of storytellers. With bases in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, GFS prepares students for leading film schools, universities, and careers in the creative sectors.

Tony Fernandes, Executive Director of GFS London, reflected on the partnership to date: “Our ongoing collaboration is a brilliant opportunity for our students to experience what the NFTS has to offer - and for the NFTS to meet the emerging talent coming through GFS London. The NFTS are the best in the business at teaching storytelling and we’re industry leaders in sourcing young talent so it’s an excellent, mutually beneficial partnership.” 

A Ghetto Film School Fellow working on a film

A dedicated GFS student manages the sound equipment for a film project

The collaboration extends far beyond education, with The National Film and Television School helping connect Ghetto Film School Fellows with specialised training platforms and career opportunities to remove barriers to the creative industry. Both organisations believe that amplifying underrepresented voices is the key to diversifying perspectives in storytelling and building a more inclusive sector for all.

Together, NFTS and GFS are dedicated to leading the development of creative talent in the UK and beyond, nurturing the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers.


A young filmmaker marks the next film scene with a clapperboard

A young, aspiring filmmaker sets up the next scene

Celebrating another year of successful partnership, Jon Wardle said: “This partnership, which has flourished over the years, reaffirms our commitment to collaborating with GFS. We are immensely proud to have joined forces once again to educate and support the filmmakers of the future here at the NFTS.”  

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