We are extremely proud to announce that three NFTS students and graduates are finalists in this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival Ones to Watch (OTW) talent scheme. NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment graduate, Abigail Dankwa; Factual Development and Production Diploma graduate, Dershe Samaria; and current Factual Development and Production Diploma student, Chitsidzo Kurangwa have all been selected for the prestigious programme.

The OTW scheme, which was founded in 1994, is aimed at those who already have three or more years’ experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.

(L-R Abigail Dankwa Chitsidzo Kurangwa Dershe Samaria)

The OTW candidates will enjoy a series of exclusive workshops and masterclasses at the TV Festival, which takes place between the 23rd and 25th of August, led by prominent industry executives and creatives. In addition, they will be showcased to over 2000 delegates at the TV Festival, and will receive 12 months of mentoring from the best in the business.

Campbell Glennie, Director, Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International TV Festival, says: “We have long been committed to finding and nurturing the very best talent from across the country and a range of backgrounds. Every year, we are amazed by the standard of talent and this year has been no exception. The final 30 were selected based not only on their drive and enthusiasm, but also on their portfolio to date and their potential to go far in the TV industry.”

Applications are open now until the 7th September for the NFTS part-time Factual Development and Production Diploma, which is delivered in partnership with Discovery and starts in January – more information on how to apply at www.nfts.co.uk/factual There are also a few places remaining for our Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA, which also starts in January – more information at www.nfts.co.uk/tvent