NFTS students benefit from exclusive masterclasses, hearing directly from acclaimed Film, TV and Games makers from around the world.

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

Pic of Phoebe Waller Bridge Masterclass
Picture: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Masterclass

NFTS masterclass guests in 2020 and 2021 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

  • David Fincher (Seven, The Social Network, Zodiac)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve)
  • Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner: 2049, Sicario, Prisoners)
  • Sally Wainwright (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, To Walk Invisible)
  • Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal, Mogul Mowgli)
  • Lenny Abrahamson (Normal People, Room)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Falling)
Pic of Sandra Hebron, Greta Gerwig, Jon Wardle
Greta Gerwig Masterclass 
  • Stephen Fry (Bright Young Things, Blackadder, Gosford Park, A Bit of Fry and Laurie)
  • Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers, The Secret of Kells)
  • Roger Deakins (NFTS Graduate - Blade Runner 2049, 1917, No Country for Old Men, Skyfall)
  • Moira Buffini (The Dig, Tamara Drewe, Jayne Eyre
  • Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club, Italian for Beginners)
  • Sam Mendes (1917, American Beauty, Skyfall)
  • Rose Glass (NFTS Graduate - Saint Maud)
  • Channing Godfrey Peoples (Miss Juneteenth)
  • Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz)
  • Alex Garland (Annihilation, Ex-Machina, The Beach, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West)
  • Yann Demange (NFTS Graduate - '71, Top Boy, White Boy Rick)
  • Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty, Trust)
  • Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror)
  • Rubika Shah (White Riot)
Pic of Asif Kapadia with students
Picture: Asif Kapadia with students at Masterclass

“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

  • Jonathan Glazer (Under The Skin, Sexy Beast)
  • Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Tin Star)
  • Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash)
  • Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom, Where Hands Touch)
  • Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave)
  • Pete Docter & Kemp Powers (Soul)
  • Krysty Wilson-Cairns (NFTS Graduate – 1917, Last Night in Soho)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger)
  • Francis Lee (God's Own Country, Ammonite)
  • Sarah Gavron (NFTS Graduate – Suffragette, Rocks
  • Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
  • Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses)
Pic of Steve McQueen doing masterclass via Zoom
Picture: Steve McQueen Masterclass via Zoom

Calm With Horses Q&A with Director Nick Rowland, and Writer Joe Murtagh (both NFTS graduates):

  • Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters)  
  • Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls, Misbehaviour)
  • Úna Ni Dhonghaíle (NFTS graduate – Three Girls, Stan & Ollie, Misbehaviour)
  • Edward Norton (Fight Club, Motherless Brooklyn, Moonrise Kingdom)
Pic of Debra Granik
Picture: Debra Granik Masterclass
  • Faye Ward (Suffragette, Wild Rose, Stan & Ollie)
  • Ben Wheatley (Happy New Year Colin Burstead, Free Fire, Kill List, High Rise)
  • Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy, Diego Maradona)
  • Paul Greengrass (News of the World, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93)
David Fincher doing masterclass via Zoom
Picture: David Fincher Masterclass via Zoom

“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

  • Sally Potter (Orlando, Ginger and Rosa,The Party)
  • Russell T Davies (It's a Sin, Queer As Folk, Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years)
  • Alex Gibney (Citizen K, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room)
  • Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Her, Where the Wild Things Are)
  • Douglas Mackinnon (NFTS Graduate - Good Omens, Doctor Who, Sherlock)
  •  Amanda Coe (NFTS Graduate - Black Narciuss, Apple Tree Yard, The Trial of Christine Keeler)
Pic of Camilla Bray, Brian Welsh and Venetia Hawkes
Picture: L-R Camilla Bray, Brian Welsh, Venetia Hawkes

Previous masterclass guests have included Taika Waititi, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Abi Morgan, Louis Theroux, Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh, Lynne Ramsay, Park Chan Wook, Ron Howard, Kenneth Branagh, Alfonso Cuaron, Stephen Soderbergh, Debra Granik, Armando Iannucci, Gareth Edwards, Josie Rourke, Nate Moore, Bill Nighy, Rapman, Nick Park, Gore Verbinski, Rian Johnson, Chris Morris, M Night Shyamalan, Ram Bergman, Darren Aronofsky, David Sproxton, Lisa McGee, Bart Layton, Peter Strickland, Rebecca O'Brien, Aaron Sorkin, Terry Gilliam, Joanna Hogg, Christopher Hampton, Walter Murch, Sean McAllister, Tony Robinson, Matt Stone & Trey Parker, David Yates, Pawel Pawlikowski, Mike Leigh, Henry Selick, Susanne Bier, Thomas Vinterberg, Peter Kosminsky and Ken Loach.

Pic of Amma Asante with students
Picture: Amma Asante Masterclass


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