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 2019 and 2020 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)
  • Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Ladybird)
  • Lenny Abrahamson (Normal People, Room)
  • Noel Clarke (Adulthood, Brotherhood, Bulletproof)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Falling)
Pic of Sandra Hebron, Greta Gerwig, Jon Wardle
Greta Gerwig Masterclass 
  • M Night Shyamalan (Glass, The Sixth Sense, The Village)
  • Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers, The Secret of Kells)
  • Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War, Ida)
  • Rapman (Blue Story)
  • Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club, Italian for Beginners)
  • Sam Mendes (1917, American Beauty, Skyfall)
  • Rose Glass (NFTS Graduate - Saint Maud)
  • Lynne Ramsay (NFTS Graduate – You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  • 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)
  • Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, Coco)
  • Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror)
  • Rubika Shah (White Riot)
Pic of Asif Kapadia with students
Picture: Asif Kapadia with students at Masterclass
  • Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace)
  • Joanna Hogg (NFTS Graduate - The Souvenir)
  • 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)

“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

  • Krysty Wilson-Cairns (NFTS Graduate – 1917, Last Night in Soho)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger)
  • Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge)
  • Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93)
  • Sarah Gavron (NFTS Graduate – Suffragette, Rocks
  • Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
  • Faye Ward (Suffragette, Wild Rose, Stan & Ollie)
  • 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):

  • Louis Theroux (My Scientology Movie)
  • Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls, Misbehaviour)
  • Úna Ni Dhonghaíle (NFTS graduate – Three Girls, Stan & Ollie, Misbehaviour)
  • Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, the Godfather films)
  • Rebecca O'Brien (I, Daniel Blake, Sorry We Missed You)
  • Peter Kosminsky (The State, No Child of Mine, Wolf Hall)
  • Richard Phelan (NFTS Graduate - A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon)
Pic of Debra Granik
Picture: Debra Granik Masterclass
  • Nate Moore (Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Winter Soldier)
  • Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Godzilla)
  • Ben Wheatley (Happy New Year Colin Burstead, Free Fire, Kill List, High Rise)
  • Josie Rourke (Mary Queen of Scots)
  • Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy, Diego Maradona)
  • Michael Pearce (NFTS Graduate – Beast)
  • Chris Morris (Four Lions, The Day Shall Come)
David Fincher doing masterclass via Zoom
Picture: David Fincher Masterclass via Zoom
  • Brian Welsh (NFTS Graduate - Beats, Black Mirror)
  • Camilla Bray (NFTS Graduate - Beats, The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
  • Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years)
  • Alex Gibney (Citizen K, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room)
  • Sally Potter (Orlando, Ginger and Rosa,The Party)

“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

  • Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Her, Where the Wild Things Are)
  • Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Dog Soldiers)
  • David Sproxton (Early Man, Wallace and Gromit)
  • Bart Layton (American Animals)
  • Peter Strickland (In Fabric, Berberian Sound Studio, Katalin Varga)
  • Lisa McGee (Derry Girls)
  • Douglas Mackinnon (NFTS Graduate - Good Omens, Doctor Who, Sherlock)
  • 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)
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, Roger Deakins, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Abi Morgan, Martin McDonagh, Sam Mendes, Park Chan Wook, Ron Howard, Kenneth Branagh, Francis Lee, Alfonso Cuaron, Stephen Soderbergh, Armando Iannucci, Bill Nighy, Nick Park, Gore Verbinski, Rian Johnson, Simon Beaufoy, Ram Bergman, Darren Aronofsky,  Aaron Sorkin, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Hampton, Sean McAllister, Tony Robinson, Matt Stone & Trey Parker, Mike Leigh, Henry Selick, Susanne Bier, Thomas Vinterberg, Ken Loach and Guy Ritchie

Pic of Amma Asante with students
Picture: Amma Asante Masterclass


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