News crews from the BBC, ITV and Sky were regular visitors to the School earlier this year as they came in to cover our Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema BAFTA, which we collected on Sunday 18th February 2018.
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films and Angels Costumes. Curzon received the award last year.
BBC Senior Entertainment Reporter, Chi Chi Izundu was first to the School and interviewed NFTS alumni including Oscar winning composer, Dario Marianelli and recent Composing MA graduate, Jessica Jones who both worked on Darkest Hour.
Sky were up next and Reporter, Katerina Vittozzi interviewed Production Design MA student, Theo Boswell and Assistant Directing Diploma student, Stephanie Bradshaw about their experience of working with the Digital Effects MA students on this year’s horror style Gorefest set.
ITV visited after we collected the BAFTA and were lucky enough to interview legendary Blade Runner 2049 Director, Denis Villeneuve who was at the School to give a masterclass and they got to film the actual NFTS BAFTA itself!
It wasn't only TV that covered our exciting news. BBC Three Counties Radio also got in on the action and interviewed NFTS Director, Jon Wardle on why the NFTS was to receive such a prestigious award and why the UK is experiencing such a boom in film and television production - listen again here.
And here is the special video BAFTA created to celebrate our award plus Jon Wardle and former NFTS Director, Nik Powell's acceptance speeches:
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