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NFTS Outreach: Helpful Resources

NFTS Outreach: Helpful Resources

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Organisations

Below are links to organisations offering incredible opportunities to develop and learn skills linked to many of the careers in the Film, TV and/or Games. We try to only signpost opportunities that are FREE, however please be aware these offers change and some links will have a mix of free and paid for opportunities. The links were correct at time of publishing, we will review this list regularly to keep it as up to date as possible.

Event Dates Location Description Website
Cinemagic Film Festival 4-25 Belfast Cinemagic embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies and offers young people the chance to develop real skills, explore opportunities, and reaffirm their belief in what they want to do and their own ability to achieve it. cinemagic.org.uk/
Birmingham Young Film Network 16-21 Birmingham BYFN aim to create opportunities for young filmmakers and critics including work experience and networking with peers. byfn.co.uk/
Boom Satsuma 16+ Bristol Boomsatsuma offer innovative training in the creative industries through their college in Bristol, their focused degree programmes, and outreach in schools. boomsatsuma.com/
Watershed Cinema 16-30 Bristol We identify, support and network the talent of tomorrow, encouraging their creativity, ability and curiosity as artists and audiences. Our inclusive programmes reach out to young people in the spaces where they are (on and offline), developing their profile, skills, confidence and networks and providing stepping stones into the creative and cultural sector. watershed.co.uk/about-us/talent-development
Tigers Ltd 16+ Glasgow We believe young people learn best, grow and thrive, in whatever career they choose, when they’re fully supported. We offer everything needed to flourish: training through our courses and apprenticeships, connections through our mentorship programmes, as well as our ongoing, caring support. learnwithtigers.co.uk/
Damilola Taylor Trust 14+ London Runs the Youth Film Project which gives young people aged between 14 and 24 years old, the opportunity to write and produce their own short film. damilolataylortrust.co.uk/
Eastside 8+ London Eastside exists to help young people develop their creative thinking, so that they are able to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow, empowered to build a better society. They engage children and young people through direct participation in the arts, enabling them to work with professional artists and creative practitioners, both in and outside school, with a particular focus on areas in London where our help is needed most. They deliver workshops to Primary, SEND and Secondary schools, and run programmes for 16-25 year olds. eastside.org.uk
Ghetto Film School 14+ London GFS equips students for top universities and careers in the creative industries through two tracks: an introductory education program for high school students and early-career support for alumni and young professionals. They offer an 18-month university-level pre-professional immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training, for 16-19 year olds. No prior filmmaking experience is required. ghettofilm.org
London Screen Academy 16-18 London LSA is a free sixth form academy for students who want to learn all the skills required for a career within the film + television industries. lsa.ac.uk/
Mama Youth Project 18-25 London MAMA Youth Project is dedicated to changing the lives of young people by providing relevant industry training and opening doors to the TV & Film industry. They offer a series of training programmes throughout the year. mamayouth.org.uk
Renaissance Studio 19-24 London Delivering educational, how-to workshops for our hyper-creative generation to empower your future in the industry. renaissance.london/
Signature Pictures Academy 18+ London SPA have free to access outreach, training and support programmes to help young people find sustainable work within film, tv and the creative industries. Their award winning training offers a unique opportunity for every participant to gain experience working on a live film set where they will gain 1-2-1 mentoring in the department of their choice and receive an IMDb credit. signaturepicturesacademy.co.uk/
We Rise 16-19 London We Rise is an award winning Brixton based community business, set up by a group of parents with a shared passion to tackle social disadvantage by helping young people make the difficult transition from school to work. They offer various creative projects for 16-19 year olds. werise.org.uk
HOMEmcr 15-25 Manchester HOME run an amazing series of workshops, projects and commissioning opportunities which are all free and specifically aimed at 15-25 year olds. Projects will always be led by industry professionals so you can expect to take advantage of high quality sessions that are relevant to real careers in the creative industries. homemcr.org/young-people/
Access: VFX 15+ Nationwide Access: VFX offers virtual events to help 15+ year old to understand more about careers in VFX, Animation, Games accessvfx.org/
Bafta Guru 10+ Nationwide A hub for inspirational career advice from the very best in film, games and television, including competitions and initiatives for children as young as 10. guru.bafta.org/
BFI Education 8+ Nationwide Offers various young filmmakers clubs offering filmmaking activities for children. They also run a variety of specialist courses for talented and committed young people aged 16 to 19 to develop new skills and build a career in the film bfi.org.uk
Care Creatives 18+ Nationwide A network of Care Leavers and Estranged people who work in Film and TV. job opportunities, placements and traineeships. Members also get access to our monthly Q&A’s and webinars with industry experts and employers, 1-2-1 CV clinics and mock interview sessions. carecreatives.co.uk/
Into Film 11+ Nationwide Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people's learning. They offer classroom resources, competitions and training programmes for young people. intofilm.org
My First Job in Film 18+ Nationwide FJIF offers the latest resources and industry news, to professional training and job opportunities. myfirstjobinfilm.com
National Saturday Club 13+ Nationwide Saturday Clubs run a film and media club open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend. They offer an opportunity to learn new skills, discover talents, meet new people, and find out more about further education, higher education and rewarding careers. saturday-club.org/
National Youth Film Academy 16-29 Nationwide NYFA has many free online resources including a podcast series. NYFA also has a membership programme you can sign up to for networking and educational opportunities. nyfa.org.uk/
National Youth Theatre 11+ Nationwide Offers online courses and masterclasses for children ages 11-28 nyt.org.uk/
No Film School 16+ Nationwide A resource for all things filmmaking nofilmschool.com/
Screenskills 18+ Nationwide Screenskills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. They offer training and resources. screenskills.com/
Talent Manager 18+ Nationwide The Talent Manager is the UK's biggest TV jobs searching and networking community for freelancers and companies. thetalentmanager.com/
The Youth Group 18-30 Nationwide Helping companies find talented young employees theyouthgroup.com/for-youth
TransitionsUK 13+ Nationwide We want to live in a nation that provides young people with the best possible opportunities for a positive and productive life that in turn benefits those people whose lives they touch, including their own children and families. We want young people to have an alternative to the disillusion and powerlessness that so many feel; to be engaged in the process of positive change personally and socially. transitionsuk.org/
Young Film Academy 6-19 Nationwide YFA is the UKʼs leading provider of filmmaking courses, filmmaking programmes for schools, community filmmaking projects, filmmaking outreach events and kids film parties to young people aged 5-19 youngfilmacademy.co.uk/
ALBERT 18+ Nationwide Albert offers free training up and down the country focusing on sustainability across the industry. wearealbert.org/events/training/
Beacon films 16+ Newcastle Upon Tyne At Beacon Films, we want to:- a) improve our filmmaking skills, a) improve our filmmaking skills, c) inspire our communities and workplaces to support our independent participation, as equals. beaconfilms.org.uk/
KinoKulture 16+ Shropshire This indie cinema often runs educational events for young people interested in filmmaking and film programming kinokulture.org.uk/
MediaActive 15-19 Shropshire MediaActive works with local people, organisations and creative practitioners to co-design and produce an innovative programme of special projects, commissions, events and exhibitions. They run serveral filmmaking programmes for young people throughout the year. mediaactive.org/
Arts Council of Wales 16+ Wales Offering funding for arts related education as well as funding for film projects from Wales based filmmmakers arts.wales/
Screen Yorkshire 18-30 Yorkshire Screen Yorkshire offer various free, part-time training initiatives that aim to increase diversity in the screen industries by breaking down the barriers which can prevent young people from finding work in film and TV. screenyorkshire.co.uk
Leeds Film 11-19 Yorkshire Leeds film offer a BFI Film Academy programme and their Burberry Inspire programme to immerse young people in the arts as well as offering online educational content. leedsfilm.com/leeds-young-film/
Courtyard 9-17 Hereford Courtyard offers filmmaking classes for young people in Hereford courtyard.org.uk/termly-classes/
Rural Media 14+ Hereford Rural Media Charity works with communities, schools, groups and individuals to create issue-driven films, heritage and digital arts projects that raise awareness, influence change and celebrate rural life. ruralmedia.co.uk/
Creative Youth Network 11-19 Bristol Creative Youth Network helps young people, no matter what their background or circumstances, to reach their own potential. creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk/
Factory Films 14+ Nationwide

A brand new podcast ‘Is TV For Me?’ which launched in June 2023

In each episode there is an interview with some of TV’s most experienced production talent to get the inside scoop on what they do, how they got there and what’s the best advice for people who’d love to follow in their footsteps. Initially, a series of 6, dropping each Tuesday and covering the roles of; Producer, Director of Photography (DoP), Casting Producer, Assistant Producer, Post-production Manager & Development Producer.

www.factoryfilms.tv/podcast
Software

Below are links to software you can use for free to develop and learn skills linked to many of the careers in the Film, TV and/or Games. The links at correct at time of publishing, we will review this list regularly to keep it as up to date as possible. 

Software Type Website
OpenToonz 2D Animation opentoonz.github.io/e/
Blender Animation & VFX blender.org/download/
Audacity Audio Editing audacityteam.org/
Garageband Audio Editing apple.com/uk/mac/garageband/
GDevelop Game Creator gdevelop.io/en-gb
FlowLab Game Creator flowlab.io/
GameMaker Game Creator gamemaker.io/en/gamemaker
Gimp Photo Editing gimp.org/
Snapseed App Photo Editing snapseed.online/
iMovie Video Editing apple.com/uk/imovie/
Movie Maker Video Editing apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/movie-maker-video-editor-free/9MVFQ4LMZ6C9?hl=en-us&gl=US
Davinci Resolve Video Editing & Colour Grading blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
Celtx Screenwriting celtx.com/product/script-editor.html
Studiobinder Screenwriting & Production studiobinder.com
Canva Graphic Design canva.com/
Festivals

Below are links to Film Festival you can visit for free to watch films from a range of genres, made by people form a wide range of cultures and communities. Attending these types of events can help you develop and learn skills linked to many of the careers in the Film, TV and/or Games, as well as meet people in the industry. The links at correct at time of publishing, we will review this list regularly to keep it as up to date as possible. 

Festival Month Location Genre Website
Outburst Queer Arts Festival November Belfast LGBTQ+ outburstarts.com/
Birmingham Indian Film Festival June Birmingham Indian birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk/
Shout Festival November Birmingham LGBTQ+ shoutfestival.co.uk/
Queer Vision Film Festival June Bristol LGBTQ+ bristolpride.co.uk/queervision/
Africa Eye November Bristol African afrikaeye.org.uk/#
Iris Film Festival October Cardiff LGBTQ+ irisprize.org/
Women X Film Festival September Darlington Women riannepictures.com/womenx
Scottish Queer International Film Festival October Glasgow LGBTQ+ sqiff.org/
Leeds Queer Film Festival May Leeds LGBTQ+ leedsqueerfilmfestival.co.uk/
BFI Flare March London LGBTQ+ whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/default.asp
Queer East May London LGBTQ+ / East Asian queereast.org.uk/
London Eurasian Film Festival May London Eurasian eurasianfilmfestival.uk/ivecgffeng
British Urban Film Festival November London Urban britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk/about-us/
UK Jewish Film Festival November London Jewish ukjewishfilm.org/
London East Asian Film Festival October London East Asian leaff.org.uk/
Film Africa October London African filmafrica.org/
Scottish Mental Health Festival May Scotland Mental Health mhfestival.com
Africa In Motion October Scotland African africa-in-motion.org.uk/
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival October Shropshire LGBTQ+ rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/
Celtic Media Festival June Various Celtic celticmediafestival.co.uk/
NFTS Google Archive

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2021, The National Film and Television School (NFTS) collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to open the vaults of its extensive archive for the very first time, launching a new collection of over 200 digitised films and behind the scenes material.

After five decades training filmmakers across disciplines including fiction, documentary, animation, television and games, the NFTS Digital Archive (g.co/NFTS) features a curated selection of student films made at the NFTS, complimented by a range of multi-media resources including behind the scenes stills, trailers, original screenplays and recent interviews.

Filmmakers such as Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Rose Glass (Saint MaudNick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney) and many more, share memories of making their student films and reflect on their experiences while studying at the NFTS. The incredible work NFTS graduates have created over the last 50 years has helped shape the cultural life of the UK and contributed to the worldwide success of the British film and television industry.

Check it out and be inspired, you might even discover your dream career or at least find out more about the behind the camera work and huge range of roles available. 

Contact 

For more information on NFTS Outreach please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters | outreach@nfts.co.uk  

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