NFTS students are able to hear directly from some of the most influential figures in Hollywood and around the world.

The School hosts dozens of masterclasses every year, with students having exclusive access and the opportunity to ask questions of some of the most significant figures from the world of film, television and games. Masterclasses are often accompanied by preview screenings of major films.

NFTS masterclass guests in 2017 and 2018 have included:

“I left art college and a friend told me about the NFTS. I loved stills photography but thought documentaries could be a good option. I shot 15 films while I was here; I was constantly shooting; it was fantastic for me!” Roger Deakins

  • Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner: 2049, Sicario, Prisoners)
  • Roger Deakins (NFTS graduate – Blade Runner:2049, The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo)
  • Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin, The Thick of It, Veep)
  • Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  • Clio Barnard (NFTS Graduate – Dark River, The Selfish Giant)
  • David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Mindhunter)
  • Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorak, What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Alex Garland (Annihilation, Ex-Machina, The Beach, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West)
  • David Yates (NFTS graduate – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows)
  • Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Murder on the Orient Express)

“The most important people are sitting beside you, your peer group. Those are the people who you’ll be making films with and who’ll nurture you…Those are the people who you can call on. The chair should swivel and you should be looking at each other!” Danny Boyle

  • Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, To Walk Invisible)
  • Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World)
  • Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93)
  • Sarah Gavron (NFTS Graduate – Suffragette)
  • Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood, A Very English Scandal)
  • Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park)
  • Philippa Lowethorpe (Three Girls)
  • Úna Ni Dhonghíle (NFTS graduate – Three Girls)
  • Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, the Godfather films)
  • Peter Kosminsky (The State, No Child of Mine, Wolf Hall)
  • Nate Moore (Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Winter Soldier)
  • Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Godzilla)
  • Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Kill List, High Rise)
  • Lone Scherfig (Their Finest, An Education)
  • Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango)
  • Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge)
  • Michael Pearce (NFTS Graduate – Beast)
  • Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (NFTS Graduate – Lady Macbeth)
  • Charlotte Bruus Christensen (NFTS Graduate – Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hunt)

“I like people who are honest and direct.  I like to work with people who are not afraid.  As a director I can make mistakes too and your creative collaborators can help keep you in the right direction - if they are brave enough to tell you.” Denis Villeneuve 

  • Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, Ex-Machina, 28 Days Later)
  • Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Dog Soldiers)
  • David Sproxton (Early Man, Wallace and Gromit)
  • Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement)
  • Bart Layton (American Animals)
  • Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Doctor Who)
  • Dorotea Kobiela (Loving Vincent)
  • Hugh Welchman (NFTS Graduate – Loving Vincent)
  • Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)
  • Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Battle of the Sexes)
  • Ram Bergman (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper, Brick)

Previous masterclass guests have included Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Danny Boyle, Abi Morgan, Sam Mendes, Park Chan Wook, Ron Howard, Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, Stephen Soderbergh, Nick Park, Sally Potter, Rian Johnson, Darren Aronofsky, Aaron Sorkin, Terry Gilliam, Tony Robinson, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Mike Leigh, Pawel Pawlikowski, Henry Selick, Susanne Bier, Thomas Vinterberg, M Night Shyamalan, Ken Loach and Guy Ritchie.

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