NFTS Secures Spot In Hollywood Reporter's List Of Top 15 International Film Schools 2021

12 August 2021: Celebrating our 50th Anniversary year, the NFTS is thrilled to announce it has been listed as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 15 International Film Schools of 2021 for the 11th successive year.

The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list ranks the world's best film schools based on their reputation amongst industry professionals, the quality of teaching, facilities, filmmaking equipment and alumni achievements.

The Hollywood Reporter highlighted our 50th Anniversary, our recent partnership with the Pinewood Group, the honorary fellowship bestowed to Sam Mendes and of course the continuation of our unmatched Masterclass programme.

Other renowned international schools featured on the Hollywood Reporter’s prestigious list include the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, La Fémis and the Beijing Film Academy.

Jon Wardle NFTS Director said: "As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NFTS, we are thrilled to once again be recognised by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top film schools on the world. We couldn't be prouder of the work our phenomenal staff, students, and alumni continue to produce year in, year out. The NFTS continues to be the UK’s go to option for the next generation of creative talent aiming for success in the global film, television and games industry."

In light of it being our 11th year featured on the prestigious list, check out our…


1. Small is Beautiful and Highly Specialist
Become a specialist in your field and train to a high level in your pathway. The NFTS offers cutting edge, dedicated workspaces for all courses, making the student experience here unparalleled.

Student working on Graduation Animation

2. Quality of Tutors
Our courses are taught by industry professionals and our tutors and Heads of Departments are some of the most successful and distinguished filmmakers in the UK.

3. Amount of Teaching
At other institutions, typical postgraduate courses have an average of 8 hours of teaching per week. At the NFTS it can be 8 hours a day! We offer extensive training, taught in small groups for focused, intense and practical tuition, which is what will make you stand out in the industry.

4. Facilities and Equipment
The NFTS is the only UK film School with its own bespoke film and television studios. Our 4k television studio is a great example of that. Our students shoot on a range of different cameras including Alexas along with having access to a wide range of lighting and sound equipment. We also have multiple stages for our students to build amazing sets on including our 7,000 sq ft Main Stage.

A graduation film set on the NFTS Main Stage

5. Unparalleled Links With Industry
sponsored the NFTS Graduation Showcase in 2020 and BBC Studios sponsored the show in 2021. The NFTS has recently announced a major new partnership with the BBC to support the UK creative sector. Companies like these and many more help with training and the funding of the School, which proves the value they hold in what we do here and recognises the impact our graduates have on their businesses and the shows they make.

6. Masterclasses
We have had some of the world’s best film, television and games makers flow through the School, who make the time to encourage our students with their invaluable advice.

Recent Masterclasses have included Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho) and Google Vice-President & Head of Stadia Games, Phil Harrison.

Dozens of Masterclass guests on Zoom during lockdown

7. Multi-Award Winning
Not only does the School get recognised by prestigious institutions like BAFTA, which earns us spots on lists like The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 15 International Film Schools year in year out, but this recognition and the recognition you will earn through the projects you make at the School will help you get noticed in the industry.

8. Over £900,000 Available In Scholarships
The NFTS is interested in talent and we want to ensure people from all backgrounds can come here. We know funding is a key way of making the School available to any applicant, that’s why we work hard to source funding and Scholarships for students across the UK.

9. Over 90% Graduate Employment
The NFTS is incredibly proud of the percentage of our students that go on to work in industry jobs within the sectors they studied at the School. One example, Segun Akinola, graduated from the NFTS and within three months he was the new composer of Doctor Who. We have lots of stories like that…many students even secure jobs before they’ve graduated. Digital Effects MA graduate Michael Pearce was offered jobs from two leading DFX companies before he had even completed his course!

10. Friends Become Collaborators For Life
The people you meet at the NFTS can become the people you collaborate with for the rest of your working life. In the credits of Sex Education you can see multiple NFTS alumni working together including Laurie Nunn who created the show along with writer/director Alice Seabright. This was also the case with Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit. Nick met composer Julian Nott and sound designer Adrian Rhodes here at the NFTS and they still work together to this day.

11. The Industry Is Waiting For You!
Following the pandemic, demand for content is higher than ever and therefore so is the demand for highly trained professionals to make that content!

Film and television studios are being expanded and developed across the country and the UK games industry is growing at its fastest rate ever.

There has never been a better time to study at the NFTS so head to to find what suits your skillset and start your journey to #StandOutwithNFTS today!