NFTS Film is a winner in 2013 student academy awards


NFTS Film is a winner in 2013 student academy awards

And NFTS is the only UK film school in Cinéfondation at Cannes Film Festival

NFTS short animated film Miss Todd directed by Kristina Yee, co-written by Frances Poletti and produced by Suzanne Mayger has just been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) as one of the winners in the 2013 Student Academy Award

The NFTS has previously won in this competition 5 times!

The annual competition is open to all film schools from across the world who are members CILECT. Winners qualify to participate in the main Academy Awards to win an Oscar. In 2010, NFTS film The Confession was nominated in this competition, was voted the overall winner and went on to achieve a nomination for the main Oscars in 2011. In addition,  NFTS short animated film Head Over Heels was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

Miss Todd uses the painstaking process of stop-frame animation. Director Kristina Yee said: "Making "Miss Todd" was a true team effort, and completely showcases one of the huge strengths of the NFTS: it brings together brilliant people of all disciplines to create something together. I have such a huge amount of respect for all of my team members who helped to achieve such a high standard. I'm also incredibly passionate about the story and I'm so thrilled that it's getting out there and being seen.

Miss Todd is a character based on a real historical figure, and one who has largely been lost in history. She was absolutely amazing and struggled against the standards of her time, as people continue to do today. She is worthy of a story, and deserving of a voice, which we literally give her in the musical medium of the film. I hope she serves as an inspiration to anyone who struggles to achieve their dreams. I'm so delighted that we're getting such recognition from the Academy. I hope that this is the beginning of great things for Miss Todd!" 

Her tutor, Head of Animation Helen Nabarro said: "We are delighted that Kristina and her NFTS crew of a dozen equally talented students are being acknowledged for Miss Todd."

The awards ceremony is on Saturday 8th June in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, L.A. Don’t miss your chance to join the NFTS’ Animation MA – apply before the July 11th deadline.

In addition, the NFTS is the only UK film school with a film in Cinéfondation and its graduates and tutors have films in five sections of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The 2013 short animated student film The Magnificent Lion Boy (pictured above) - directed by Ana Caro and produced by James Cotton with characters voiced by the actors Andy Serkis and Hugh Bonneville - has been selected for the Cinéfondation section.

Two of our 2010 graduates have first feature films selected and there are 3 films in Directors' Fortnight. 2010 graduate Paul Wright who won a Best Short Film BAFTA for his NFTS film Until the River Runs Red has his first feature film For Those in Peril selected for Critics Week and 2010 graduate Anthony Chen’s film Ilo Ilo, which follows a family coping with the fallout of financial crisis, will be shown in Director's Fortnight (La Quinzaine). Their films also include NFTS graduate crews. Clio Barnard who graduated from the NFTS’ advanced course has her film The Selfish Giant selected for Directors’ Fortnight as well as Lynne Ramsay whose BAFTA winning film Swimmer is in the Directors' Fortnight short film section. Lynne Ramsay is also on the Cannes Film Festival Jury that will chose the winner of the coverted Palme d'Or.

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “We are very proud to be the only UK film school at Cinéfondation this year – congratulations to the whole student film crew. It is also unprecedented to have two graduates from the same year (2010) with first feature films at Cannes at the same time. They are both stunning film-makers who deserve their place at the world’s most prestigious film festival.”

And congratulations to NFTS Visiting Fellow Director Stephen Frears whose film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is in the Official Selection out of Competition. In the Un Certain Regard section is the film Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and edited by NFTS Deputy Head of Editing Martin Brinkler.