Former NFTS Director Awarded OBE

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Former NFTS Director Awarded OBE

Congratulations to former National Film and Television School (NFTS) director, Nik Powell, who has been recognised with an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to the Music, Film and Television industries.

Nik led the NFTS from 2003 until July 2017 and oversaw a transformation of the School which has grown to a size and scale unprecedented in its history. The School is now widely recognised as the number one film school in the world with its students having won more top awards than any other film school, including four Oscar nominations, seven BAFTAs and 10 CILECT Global Student Film awards. Prior to that, Nik had distinguished career in the media industry, firstly in music as co-founder of Virgin Records and subsequently as a producer of a several award-winning films.  

Prior to leading the NFTS,  Nik had a distinguished career in the media industry, firstly in music as co-founder of Virgin Records and subsequently as a producer of Oscar and  BAFTA  award-winning films including Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal, Crying Game and Ladies in Lavender. Outside of the School Nik has continued to maintain his close links with industry leaders and also served as a trustee of BAFTA where he chaired the Film Committee.

Current NFTS Director, Jon Wardle says: “On behalf of everyone at the NFTS, we pass on our congratulations for his well-deserved honour.”