NFTS graduates scooped three BAFTA Craft Awards for their work on the critically acclaimed HBO/Sky series Chernobyl across three separate categories including Photography and Lighting, Sound and Production Design.

The awards, which celebrate the very best of British television’s behind-the camera talent was held virtually for the first time on Friday 17 July, the industry’s first major awards ceremony amidst the pandemic.

NFTS Cinematography MA graduate Jakob Ihre picked up the BAFTA for Photography and Lighting on the nuclear disaster series. Fellow NFTS alumni Suzie Lavelle was nominated in the same category for her work on His Dark Materials alongside Top Boy and The Crown.

The Production Design category was won by NFTS Production Design MA graduate Luke Hull who fended off Killing Eve, The Crown and Sex Education for his outstanding work on Chernobyl. During his online acceptance speech, Luke thanked the creators of the series for "trusting him to design it" and paid tribute to his team, showing them pictured on the recreated set of reactor number four, site of the 1986 accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history. 

A third BAFTA was awarded to NFTS Sound Design graduate Stuart Hilliker who won in the Sound: Fiction category in competition with His Dark Materials, A Christmas Carol and The Crown.

Chernobyl was the runaway winner of the evening, amassing 11 nominations and taking home seven prizes. It also won for Costume Design, Director: Fiction, Editing: Fiction and Original Music.

Congratulations to all NFTS nominees and winners – we couldn’t be prouder of Jakob, Luke and Stuart! 

The full list of winners can be found on the BAFTA website.

Watch the full ceremony and ceremony highlights on the BAFTA YouTube channel.

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