NFTS Stories: “Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills”

Meera Patel – Directing & Producing Television Entertainment MA Graduate

Welcome to our latest NFTS story, a series of blogs featuring our alumni talking about where they were before they came to the School and where they are now (follow the series by using the #NFTSSTories hashtag across Twitter and Instagram). Meera graduated from the Directing & Producing Television Entertainment MA in 2017 and is now working on Gogglebox as Archive Researcher.

What were you doing before applying to the NFTS? Before applying to the NFTS, I was working in Sports PR. I had graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in History and Film. I then worked for Team GB for two years on the London 2012 Olympics specialising in online video content creation and social media management. I really enjoyed the video creation side which is part of what inspired me to pursue my career in television.

What are you doing now? Now, I am currently working for Studio Lambert on Gogglebox as the Archive Researcher. I have done two series of this and will return later in the year to do a third. Before that I worked as a Junior Archive Researcher at Zeppotron on 8 Out of 10 Cats and briefly as a Casting Assistant at Betty TV for The Undateables. 

How has studying at the NFTS helped you in your journey to your current career? Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills such as learning to edit and self-shoot as well as having the invaluable opportunity to meet and be taught by inspirational industry experts.

What advice would you give to an aspiring NFTS student? The advice I would give to an aspiring NFTS student is do it! You won't regret it! 

If you were stranded on a desert island, which film, TV boxset or video game would you take? If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take... the TV boxset of Planet Earth (hopefully I can have I & II!) It has everything you need drama, comedy, stunning photography, an epic soundtrack and the incomparable narration of Sir David Attenborough, I would never get bored watching it over and over again.

If you would like to follow in Meera’s footsteps, applications are open for the Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA until the 5th July – apply at www.nfts.co.uk/tvent

NFTS Grad Animation ‘Inanimate’ Scoops 2 Prizes at Annecy

NFTS graduation animation, Inanimate directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann has won both the ‘Jury Award’ in the Graduation Film Category and the ‘Junior Jury for a Graduation Film’ special prize at Annecy Film Festival - Europe’s biggest animation film festival.

The stop frame animation explores puppet Katrine’s quest for truth as she discovers an ethereal and haunting world which plummets around her, in a brilliantly vivid tale of hope, angst, disillusionment and acceptance. Lucia, who graduated from the NFTS Directing Animation MA this year, used Super Sculpey, a material similar to clay that can be baked, to bring puppets Katrine and Patrick to life; delivering a hyper-real, dark and dreamlike quality to the expressive animation film. More than 15 puppets and sets were created for Inanimate, culminating in a blend of live action, pixilation and stop-motion animation and the longest single shot sequence in NFTS animation history.  

Director and Animator, Lucia comments on the creation of Inanimate: ‘The idea came to me with a vision of a soul inside a puppet, suddenly ripping out of its own body to get out. I always resonated with the idea that we are souls, or consciousness, inside bodies who were experiencing life, and then we return to our original form of consciousness.’

Inanimate was also selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation programme at Cannes Festival where it won Third Prize and is a finalist in the BAFTA Student Film Awards for animation and selected in the ‘Mclaren Award for Best New Animation’ at Edinburgh International Film Festival, both later this month.

Founded in 1960 and organised by CITIA, Annecy Festival's aim is to reveal and promote creations by the greatest animation studios as well as young talents. The Graduation Short Category jury included Comic strip author, Pénélope Bagieu, Director Bruno Forzani and Distribution Director Laurence Petit, whilst the Junior Jury were made up of four young students, from the OTTOmani association and Atelier de cinema d’Animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie (AAA).

Inanimate is a stop frame animation film; a style the NFTS is particularly famed for as alumni include Oscar winning, Wallace and Gromit director, Nick Park and Peppa Pig creator, Mark Baker.

The Team:

Lucia Bulgheroni - Director/Animator; Lennard Ortmann – Producer; Drew Eu – Screenwriter; Ronnie Mcquillan – Cinematographer; Kristina Kovacs - Production Designer; Alex Mcardle - Production Manager; Raphael Pereira – Editor; Louise Burton – Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jose Pavli – Composer; Niall Harty - Cg Lead; Amy Gibson - Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett - Colourist & Online Editor; zsófi szemerédy, PR and Marketing

Applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 (the two-year MA course starts in January 2019) – for more information and to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation

NFTS Graduation Animation ‘Facing It’ wins Best Student Film at Animafest Zagreb

Graduation Film ‘Facing It’ wins ‘Best Student Film’ at the World Festival of Animated Film, ‘Animafest Zagreb’ in Croatia

Facing It, an animation graduation film directed by Sam Gainsborough, produced by Jimmy Campbell-Smith and co-written by Louisa Wood has won ‘Best Student Film’ at the World Festival of Animated Film, ‘Animafest Zagreb’ in Croatia.

The award follows hot on the heels of the success of two other NFTS graduation animation films – Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza which won the ‘BAFTA for Best Short Animation’ earlier this year, and Inanimate directed by Lucia Bulgheroni which won third prize in the ‘Cinefondation selection’ at Cannes Film Festival and has been shortlisted for the upcoming ‘BAFTA Student Film Awards’ in LA.

Facing It mixes stop-motion with live-action and explores the psyche of character Sean, who is forced to confront his own unhappy memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.

(Director of Facing It, Sam Gainsborough at Animafest Zagreb)

'Animafest Zagreb’, created in 1972 in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is an exclusively animation festival promoting upcoming filmmakers and showcasing animation in all its different forms – from traditional drawings, to stop motion, CGI, to experimental cross-media films.

The second oldest film festival completely dedicated to animation, ‘Animafest Zagreb’ festival brings the best of animation from all over the world, with over 300 films, 200 international guests and more than 20 000 visitors. Festival awards include prizes given in the Short Film Competition, Feature film Competition, Student Film Competition, Children Films, Site-specific competition and Croatian competition.

Co-writer of Facing It and Screenwriting MA graduate Louisa Wood says: “It was such an honour to have Facing It recognised by ‘Animafest Zagreb’. I'm very proud of Sam and the team for all the hard work they've put in to make this wonderful film. It was lovely to read the Jury comments about the characters being emotive and expressive. Sam's animation technique is perfect for externalising the internal. We decided early on not to have any dialogue and let the faces tell the story, so it was therefore extremely important that we got the character Sean's emotional journey absolutely spot on at the writing stage so that Director Sam could use the detailed beats during the animation process. It was a fun project to be involved in, right down to having my hands covered in red paint and my face replaced by spinning Plasticine!”

Sam Gainsborough, graduate of the Directing Animation MA, says of the eight-minute animation: “I really wanted to make a film that people of different backgrounds could relate to. The film is about celebrating the imperfections we all have, rather than trying to repress them. I’m so pleased that the audience connected to the experience of the main character, Sean.”

He continues: “It was amazing to win the award at ‘Animafest Zagreb’. The selection of films at the festival were beautiful, thought provoking and hugely inspiring. It was fantastic to have people respond to Facing It in such a positive way.”

The selection Jury at ‘Animafest Zagreb’ were made up of Animator and Assistant Professor Darko Masnec, Vimeo Curator Meghan Oretsky, Animator and Sound Designer Natko Stipaničev, and Painter/experimental animator Chi-Sui Wang.

Jury Comments said of Facing It: “We were immediately pulled into the wondrous world of our student film winner, Facing It, which was built with an incredibly creative and unique visual technique. Each character's face was vibrantly expressive and emotive, and the story of social anxiety as a common obstacle for all people (especially artists) a comforting and sweet one.”

Producing MA graduate Jimmy Campbell-Smith adds: Facing It was a massive leap into the unknown for the whole team so it’s absolutely thrilling to be recognised at ‘Animafest Zagreb’. Above all, credit goes to Director Sam and the creative team for the countless hours (and ridiculously large amount of plasticine) that went in to bringing this to life. They deserve it!’

Facing It has also been selected for the ‘Graduation Films in Competition’ category at Annecy Festival and the ‘Mclaren Award for Best New Animation’ at Edinburgh Film Festival later this month.

Facing It Credits: Sam Gainsborough, Director/ Animator/ Co-Screenwriter; Jimmy Campbell-Smith, Producer; Louisa Wood, Co-Screenwriter; Bruno Grilo, Cinematographer; Demian Lovett & Lilla Vindics, Assistant Directors; Fiona Guest, Production Designer; Garry David Frost, Production Manager; Jenny Martin, Production Co-Ordinator; Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor; Adam Woodhams, Sound Design & Dubbing Mixer; Jack Newton, Composer; Oliver Buus, Lead Compositor; Daniel Quirke, Compositor; Laura Jane Dart, Colourist & Online Editor.

Applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 (the two-year MA course starts in January 2019) – for more information and to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation

NFTS Alumnus to Open 2018 Sheffield Doc Fest

‘Northern Soul’ directed by Sean McAllister

This year’s Sheffield Doc Fest opens with the world premiere of Northern Soul directed by NFTS Directing Documentary MA alumnus, Sean McAllister. Sean will host a Q&A directly after the screening. The festival credits an impressive 29 NFTS students and alumni in total including Kate Stonehill whose NFTS documentary graduation film Fake News Fairytale has been selected for the event which takes place from the 7th – 12th June.

(Still from Fake News Fairytale, directed by Kate Stonehill)

Northern Soul sees Sean McAllister return to his Yorkshire hometown of Hull as creative director of the opening ceremony of the City of Culture celebrations: living back with his 90 year-old parents, McAllister reflects on the changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit and where more than 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. Drawn to the fringes of town, McAllister met and started filming with Steve Arnott, a struggling warehouse worker by day and hip-hop performer by night, who harbours his own creative dream.

In an article in Screen Daily, Sean said: “Back home in Hull, where I began, I have been filming Steve and wondering whether he can, against the odds, unlock the opportunities to build a better life? Is social mobility possible in cities like Hull? What role does culture have to play in this? How long can he hold onto his dreams for?”

Also being shown at the festival are:

NFTS Directing Fiction MA alumnus, Mahdi Fleifel’s new short film I Signed the Petition - in which a Palestinian man is tormented by self-doubt after signing a petition to support the cultural boycott of Israel. (Further NFTS credits: Michael Aaglund – Editing; and Dario Swade - Sound Design).

NFTS alumna, Eva Weber’s Skywards - a poetic visual study taking the viewer on a journey into the world of a pigeon flying high above the bustling and crowded streets of Old Delhi. (Further NFTS credit: DoP - Chloë Thomson)

NFTS Directing Documentary MA alumnus, James Newton’s Gun No. 6 - which is the story of Britain’s deadliest illegal gun.

Finnish documentary directed by NFTS Directing Documentary MA alumna, Inka Achte and edited by NFTS Editing MA gradate, Livia Serpa called Boys Who Like Girls - which follows a teenager from a violent home in the slums of Mumbai who begins to realise there may be a brighter path for his future than the one paved by his abusive, controlling father.

Other NFTS credits include:

The Distant Barking of Dogs: Editor, Michael Aaglund

Fake News Fairytale: Director/Co-Producer/Co-Camera Kate Stonehill; Co-Producer, Jimmy Campbell-Smith; Co-Camera Ronnie McQuillan; Production Manager Alex McArdle; Editor Conor Meechan; Sound Recordist Alex Collin; Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Odinn Ingibersson; Composer Pablo Scopinaro; Colourist/Online Editor Hugh Howlett

Kinshasa Makambo:  Rerecording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor - Philippe Ciompi

McQueen: Editor - Cinzia Baldessari

Mini Miss: Sound Editor/Sound Recordist, Victoria Franzan; Sound Editor, Mauricio d’Orey

No Greater Law:  DoP - Arthur Mulhern

Rebirth is Necessary: DoP - Benoit Soler

Taking The Waters:  DoP - Sara Deane

Wild Relatives: Rerecording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor - Philippe Ciompi

Yellow is Forbidden:  Editor - Nicolas Chaudeurge

If you are an aspiring documentary maker, find out more about our Directing Documentary MA and how to apply at www.nfts.co.uk/documentary

NFTS Leads the Way in 2018 Student RTS Television Awards with 19 Nominations

Nominations have been announced for this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards and the NFTS leads the way in the postgraduate categories with an incredible 19 nominations overall. These include eight nominations for graduation programmes and films in the Animation; Comedy and Entertainment; Drama; and Factual categories plus two nominations in the Short Feature category for projects made by NFTS students as part of the annual Kodak Student Commercial Awards. NFTS graduation projects take up all three nominations in the Postgraduate Comedy and Entertainment Category meaning that NFTS students are guaranteed a win! In addition there are nine nominations in the craft categories, which include camerawork, production design, sound design and editing.

Chaired by Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, the awards recognise the best audiovisual work created by students across the UK and Republic of Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

NFTS Nominations Include:

Postgraduate Animation

Poles Apart - directed by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low

Postgraduate Comedy & Entertainment

Comeback Kid - directed by Ian Robertson

Against All Odds - directed by Jamie Minty and produced by Lucy Smith 

 

Saving Faith - directed by John Higgins and produced by Alex Dizer

Postgraduate Drama

Wild Horses - directed by Rory A Stewart and produced by Rebecca Smith

Come Out Of The Woods - directed by Jonny Blair and produced by Holly Carrington

Postgraduate Factual

A Secrets Act: The Double Life of Ian MacKintosh - direced by Andrew Tullis

Acta Non Verba - directed by Yvann Yagchi

Postgraduate Short Feature

Cupid - directed by Ian Robertson

(behind the scenes photo from the making of Christmas Tree)

Christmas Tree - directed by Meg Campbell

In addition, to reward excellence in craft skills, undergraduate and postgraduate awards will be presented for camerawork, editing, production design and sound. Entries are not accepted for these categories and the prizes will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. One winning student will also receive the newly introduced Judges’ Award.

Craft Awards:

Camerawork - Jon Muschamp is nominated for his work on both Comeback Kid and Poles Apart.

Editing - Zsófia Tálas is nominated for her work on Comeback Kid and Poles Apart.

Production Design - Ana Martínez Fernández is nominated for Comback Kid; Tom Coxon for Come Out of the Woods and Paula Giménez for Poles Apart.

Sound Design - Michalianna Theofanopoulou is nomianted for Comeback Kid and Morgan Muse for Poles Apart.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 22 June at the BFI Southbank. For more information visit: https://www.rts.org.uk/studentawards2018

'Green Screen' Nomination for NFTS Science & Natural History Student

'The Flow of Life' nominated for 'Best Short Film' at Green Screen International Wildlife Festival

The Flow of Life, directed by Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA student Chris Orr, has been nominated for 'Best Short Film' at the Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival, which takes place between the 12th and 16th September in Germany.

The ten-minute documentary is one of six nominated in the ‘Best Short Film’ category and will be voted on by the festival audience. The Flow of Life explores the give-and-take relationship between the river and its inhabitants; showing the weird and wonderful adaptations that help them cling onto life, where survival is as constant as the flowing water. Filmed at the River Wissey in Norfolk, England, the film draws on the rare chalk stream ecosystem which is home to remarkable and mysterious creatures. 

Since 2007 the international Green Screen Film competition has been the core of the festival, honouring the Best Wildlife Films across Europe and offering its nominees exposure within the wildlife film and TV industry. The five-day festival programme includes numerous premieres at different venues in Eckernförde, opening with an official inaugural welcome and culminating with a glamorous awards ceremony. Hundreds of productions are submitted each year for just 16 award categories, win filmmakers vying to win one of the coveted trophies made of Baltic sand from Eckernförde. 
 
The nominations panel include Managing Director and Production Manager for Nautilusfilm, Melanie Haft, Director and underwater Cinematographer Ulf Marquardt and Green Peace Editor, Sonka Terfehr. The screening will be taking place on Friday, September 14th 2018 at 8pm, at the Galerie 66 , Kieler Str. 78 Eckernförde in Germany. 
 
Applications are open for the NFTS Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA until the 5th July and the two year MA starts in January 2019.
Please visit www.nfts.co.uk/naturalhistory for more information
 

NFTS Signs First Look Deal with Endemol Shine UK

Grants first look at NFTS TV Entertainment grad projects

The NFTS has signed a deal with Endemol Shine UK , one of the UK’s largest independent production companies, which grants a first look at graduation projects from the School’s Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA.

Each year five carefully selected Entertainment show ideas developed by the second Year TV students, are taken to pilot stage as the culmination of the two-year MA. Under the terms of the deal, agreed by Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston and NFTS Director Jon Wardle, Endemol Shine will support the course and have first refusal to invest in these formats with the option to further develop and, if relevant, pitch to broadcasters.

Richard Johnston, CEO Endemol Shine UK said: “Endemol Shine are great supporters of the NFTS so we are delighted to be backing the ambitions of this brilliant course by helping to realise the potential of projects. We can’t wait to see what these talented students come up with.”

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director said; “It’s fantastic to work with Endemol Shine whose track record in developing global hit shows from MasterChef to Deal or No Deal speaks for itself. This partnership is testament to the vital role our TV Entertainment MA plays in providing a pipeline of talent who will go on to develop the hit formats of the future.”


(NFTS TV Entertainment graduation project 'Control', directed by Webster Mugavazi and produced by Robin Pagnanelli)

An ESUK producer will form part of the graduation project judging committee and the company can then choose to co-fund particular pilots alongside the NFTS. Should a completed show eventually be optioned by a broadcaster then any revenues will be split with the NFTS and the individual creator.

The Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA is the only one of its kind in the world. It is recognised for its high standards and student graduation shows have won prestigious awards from the New York Television Festival and the Royal Television Society.

Applications are open for the NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA until the 5th July – more information at www.nfts.co.uk/tvent

2 Edinburgh Film Festival Selections for NFTS Students

‘Inanimate' & 'Facing It' to Compete for Best New British Animation’

NFTS graduation animations, Inanimate, directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and Facing It, directed by Sam Gainsborough have been selected for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival which takes place from 20th June – 1st July. Both animations will compete for the ‘Mclaren Award for Best New Animation’ which was won last year but NFTS graduation animation, Poles Apart, directed by Paloma Baeza.

Stop-frame animation Inanimate, directed by recent NFTS Directing Animation MA graduate, Lucia Bulgheroni, explores the nature of reality through a puppet called Katrine whose reality plummets around her. Inanimate was also selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation programme where it won Third Prize and the film is also a finalist in the BAFTA Student Film Awards. Inanimate is being screened as part of the programme ‘McLaren Award: New British Animation 2’, on Thursday 28 June 15:35 Filmhouse 1 (Public Screening)

Facing It, directed by recent NFTS Directing Animation MA graduate, Sam Gainsborough, mixes stop-motion with live-action and explores the psyche of character Sean, who is forced to confront his own unhappy memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever. Facing It is being screened as part of the programme ‘McLaren Award: New British Animation 1’, on Wednesday 27 June 15:35 Filmhouse 1 (Public Screening)

Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world’s longest continually-running film festival, showcases global, international and UK films and plays host to the world's greatest filmmakers.

With an emphasis on new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF’s vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audiences with a strong ongoing stake in the development of the UK and Scottish film industries.

The Teams:

Inanimate: Lucia Bulgheroni - Director/Animator; Lennard Ortmann, Producer; Drew Eu, Screenwriter; Ronnie Mcquillan, Cinematographer; Kristina Kovacs, Production Designer; Alex Mcardle, Production Manager; Raphael Pereira, Editor; Louise Burton, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jose Pavli, Composer; Niall Harty, Cg Lead; Amy Gibson, Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett, Colourist & Online Editor; Zsófi Szemerédy, PR and Marketing

Facing It: Sam Gainsborough, Director/Animator/Co-Screenwriter; Jimmy Campbell-Smith, Producer; Louisa Wood, Co-Screenwriter; Bruno Grilo, Cinematographer; Demian Lovett, Lilla Vindics, Assistant Directors; Fiona Guest, Production Designer; Garry David Frost, Production Manager; Jenny Martin, Production Co-Ordinator; Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor; Adam Woodhams, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jack Newton, Composer; Oliver Buus, Lead Compositor; Daniel Quirke, Compositor; Laura Jane Dart, Colourist & Online Editor

Applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 (the two-year MA course starts in January 2019) – for more information and to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation

 

NFTS Graduation TV Entertainment Format an Official Selection in New York Festival’s 2018 Independent Pilot Competition

‘Control’ Created by Webster Mugavazi and Robin Pagnanelli

NFTS graduation TV Entertainment project, Control, created by Webster Mugavazi and Robin Pagnanelli who graduated from the Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA in February, has been selected for the New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition in the 'Unscripted & Formats' category. Fellow NFTS Television Entertainment format, Against All Odds, created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty, won ‘Best Unscripted Pilot/ Alternative Project’ at the festival in 2017.

(Control trailer)

The NYTVF, which takes place in New York City on July 14th-19th, is dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies, agencies, and brands.

(Behind the scenes photo in the TV gallery at NFTS)

About Control [World Festival Premiere]
Directed by Webster Mugavazi and produced by Robin Pagnanelli, Control – described as The Crystal Maze meets Hunted - takes place in the city, where a team of three contestants must complete a series of challenges in order to gain clues about a secret location where a cash price awaits them. At the centre of the game is a villain type character called ‘Control’ who takes over a new city each episode. From his high-tech headquarters he sees and hears everything, manipulating the gameplay as he sees fit. ‘Control's’ sole purpose is to see if any team can beat his game.

(Robin and Webster)

Webster said: “Being shortlisted for NYTVF was a great surprise, we're very eager to show the world our format and can't express enough gratitude to the amazing team that worked on Control with us from day one. Hopefully, this will be the first of many!”

Robin said: “We were so excited to learn that Control is an Official Selection at the NYTVF. It is such an honor to have our pilot included in such a prestigious festival and we can’t wait to showcase all the hard work from our cast and crew in New York this July.”

(Webster directing cameras at Gods Own Junkyard)

The Team:

Director - Webster Mugavazi; Producer - Robin Pagnanelli; 1st AD/Floor Manager - Frankie Unsworth; Production Manager - Pearl Scott; Production Coordinator - Alex McArdle; Production Assistant - Maddy Sara; AP - William Lockwood; AP  - Pamela Sibanda; 2nd AD/AFM - Charlotte Smith; 2nd AD/AFM - Dominika Lapinska; Camera Supervisor - Duncan Unsworth; Camera Operator 1 - Briony Dowson; Camera Operator 2 - Laura Jeacocke; Camera Operator 3 - Sean McDonald; DIT/Controller Stand-in - Chris Pagnanelli; Lighting Supervisor - Lee Wooster; Sound Recordist - Josh Bamford; Sound Assistant - Alex Collin; Stills Photographer - Jared Frazer; Props - Yasmin Williams; Runner/Driver - Matthew Allen; Runner/Driver - Freddie Heppell; Lighting Van Driver - Emma Clarke; Cinematographer (Control HQ) - Bruno Grilo; Cinematographer (Opening Titles & Beauty Shots) - Angela Neil 

(Control contestants in London)

The NYTVF was launched in 2005 as the first festival with a focus on independently-created television content. Each year the Festival produces dozens of events for artists, executives, and fans, while facilitating over a million dollars in development and production funding from its industry partners, available to a select group of Official Artists. In addition to being part of the annual independent television showcase, IPC selections will compete in a variety of categories by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the emerging television executives selected for the NYTVF-HRTS Next Generation Committee, with winners being announced at an July 19th closing night awards reception.

As Official Artists, the creators of these pilots qualify for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Development Partners – networks and studios which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year.  These independent creators also have exclusive access to the NYTVF’s industry partners through the NYTVF Connect marketplace, which includes opportunities to meet, network, and pitch some of the top network, digital, and studio executives in the business. 

For more information on the NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA and to apply for a January 2019 start, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/tvent

 

Hollywood Bound! NFTS Graduation Animation Finalist at BAFTA Student Film Awards

Hot on the heels of winning a prize in the Cinéfondation competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her NFTS graduation animation, Inanimate, Lucia Bulgheroni now has to pack her bags for a trip to LA where the film will compete as a finalist in the BAFTA Student Film Awards!                                                                                                                                  

Lucia Bulgheroni

Inanimate is one of nine finalists selected from 60 shortlisted entries and will compete in the animation category. The stop frame animation explores the veiled reality of a puppet called Katrine who realises; through her search for truth, that she is ‘so much more than a puppet’. Lucia who graduated from the NFTS Directing Animation MA this year, used Super Sculpey, a material similar to clay that can be baked, to craft puppets Katrine and Patrick, whose journey we follow, at breakneck speed, through this hyper-real, dark, magical thrill-ride animation.

The BAFTA Student Film Awards are an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers; encouraging emerging talent from across the world. Film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize.

Director Lucia said: ‘I’m very excited about the news! Inanimate has already taken us on a crazy adventure; a massive learning experience, and now a new surprising chapter is opening. It's not just a short film, it's a piece of life experience and the beautiful thing is that it's still not ended. I think animation is absolute magic, it can give you so much freedom of expression, there are literally no limits but your imagination. I keep learning and re-discovering details that, back in time, came from pure intuitions and now, with a new point of view, reveal new meanings. It's very fascinating how your subconscious talks to you as soon as you start to trust it.’

Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO says of the Awards:  "The incredible standard of emerging filmmaking talent across the globe continues to impress, and BAFTA is proud to recognize and support these student filmmakers as they embark on their careers. We are looking forward to selecting our winners and showcasing their stunning work in June."

The gala ceremony will take place on Friday, June 29, 2018 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Team:

Lucia and the Inanimate team with their Cannes prize

Lucia Bulgheroni - Director/Animator; Lennard Ortmann – Producer; Drew Eu – Screenwriter; Ronnie Mcquillan – Cinematographer; Kristina Kovacs - Production Designer; Alex Mcardle - Production Manager; Raphael Pereira – Editor; Louise Burton – Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jose Pavli – Composer; Niall Harty - Cg Lead; Amy Gibson - Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett - Colourist & Online Editor; Zsófi Szemerédy, PR and Marketing

If you would like to follow in Lucia’s footsteps, applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 – www.nfts.co.uk/animation

 

 

 

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