National Film and Television School graduation Television Entertainment project, Against All Odds, created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty, has won ‘Best Unscripted Pilot/ Alternative Project’ at this year’s New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC). Against All Odds was the only UK project to be selected.

NFTS Head of Television, David G. Croft said: “I’m so proud of Lucy, Jamie and the team. This is an incredible achievement and one that shows that the work our students do in the Television Entertainment department is of a very high standard and capable of being recognised internationally.”

Jamie said: "It was such an honour to be selected and invited out to the New York Television Festival, let alone win our category! When we were developing the show, wondering how on earth we were going to be able to safely get our crew to hike up a mountain with all of their kit, we could never have imagined the show would take us all the way to New York.We are so proud to see the show go from strength to strength, with an option already under our belt and now the award, we can't wait to see where it goes next. It really is a testament to our NFTS crew's hard work and  their passion for the project. We are so grateful to the school for letting us make the show and supporting our mad idea from start to finish. I don't think there is anywhere else in the world where we could have made Against All Odds. Lucy and I made a fantastic team and we can't wait to work together again in the future."

(Jamie filming on location)

Lucy said: “What a result!  Jamie and I are so proud to be returning home with the NYTVF award for best unscripted pilot, it’s testament to our entire team’s thighs, determination and hard work throughout the entire process.  From our brilliant PMs in pre-production, to our throw-anything-at-us production crew, to our amazing post-production team… big congratulations to you all.”

About Against All Odds
In Against All Odds, five ordinary strangers each choose one of five locked bags – four contain blank paper, one contains £100,000 in cash. Over three days the team must carry their bags on an epic journey across some of the UK’s toughest natural landscapes for the chance to split the money at the finish line. Who will have the grit to make it to the end? Who will be broken by the unforgiving forces of nature? And will the contestant carrying the money even cross the finish line?

The Team:

Producer, Lucy Smith; Director, Jamie Minty; Camera, Mostyn Maltpress, Matt Murnaghan, Julie Rocque; Production Co-ordinator, Sophie Halton; Location Sound, Hosea Ntaborwa, Nick Olorenshaw, Rory Rea; Composer, Louis Dodd; Dubbing Mixer, Mark Bailey; Sound Editor, Sam Boulton; Graphics, Kelvin Chim; Colourist & Online Editor, David Sheldon.

The NYTVF is dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies, agencies, and brands.

For more information on the NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA and to apply for a January 2018 start, please visit and to sign up for our upcoming online open day on Tuesday 7th November at 1pm, sign up at

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