(Behind the scenes of NFTS graduation film, Poles Apart, directed by Paloma Baeza)

NFTS has reached its highest ever position on this year’s prestigious ‘Top 100 International Animation School Rankings’, taking the number four spot.

Over a hundred animation schools across the globe were considered and the top 25 were picked based on their academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the programme, value and location. The list aims to help students find the School that is the best fit for them.

(Annushka Naanayakkara and team picking up the 2017 Short Animation BAFTA)

2017 was a memorable year for the NFTS Directing Animation MA department. Not only did its students win the British Short Animation BAFTA for the fourth year in a row with NFTS graduation film, A Love Story, directed and co-written by Anushka Naanayakkara, there were also big wins at The Edinburgh Film Festival (Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza won the Maclaren Award for Best Short Animation), CILECT (A Love Story won Best Short Animation) and Rhode Island Film Festival (Poles Apart won Best Short Animation).

(Behind the scenes of NFTS graduation film, Tête-à-Tête directed by Natasha Tonkin) 

In addition, NFTS graduation film, Tête-à-Tête directed by Natasha Tonkin was selected for 2017 Annecy Film Festival and Poles Apart has received a nomination in the Annie Awards, which takes place in February 2018.

(Still from A Grand Day Out directed by NFTS alumnus, Nick Park)

NFTS Directing Animation alumni credits include Oscar winning Nick Park (Creator of Wallace & Gromit), BAFTA winning Mark Baker(Peppa PigBen and Holly's Little Kingdom), Emmy award-winning Benjamin Sanders (Nickelodeon’Peter Rabbit), Oscar nominated Sharon Colman (How to Train Your Dragon), BAFTA winning Daisy Jacobs (Bigger Picture), BAFTA winning Nina Gantz(Edmond) and Stephen Warne (Kubo and the Two Strings; My Life As A Courgette). There are also no fewer than 14 NFTS alumni credits on the highly anticipated, upcoming Early Man directed by Nick Park.

Applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA close on the 5th July 2018 (the two year MA course starts in January 2019) – for more information and to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation