Sincere thanks to everyone who supported this year’s NFTS Great British Film, Television and Games Gala on 27 June 2017 at Old Billingsgate, London.
This year’s glittering red carpet event was themed Great British Directors, and celebrated the finest directing talent across the film, television and games industries.
The Gala was hosted by actor Stephen Mangan (Green Wing/Episodes) who entertained a star-studded audience on the night, including Jim Moir aka Vic Reeves; Inbetweeners actor, Joe Thomas; Creator and Co-Presenter of quiz show, Pointless, Richard Osman; Strictly professional dancer, Joanne Clifton.
A host of high profile film and TV programme makers also attended, including directors Mike Newell (Four Weddings and A Funeral/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Toby Haynes, (Doctor Who/Sherlock/Being Human and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel), Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), Peter Cattaneo, (The Full Monty/Rev/The A Word), Alice Lowe, (Prevenge/Sightseers /Inside No9/Paddington), Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls/The Crown/ Swallows and Amazons/Call the Midwife), Gurinder Chadha OBE (Bend It Like Beckham/Viceroy’s House), Alice Troughton (Doctor Who/Torchwood/The Sarah Jane Adventures), Otto Bathurst, (Peaky Blinders/Black Mirror), NFTS graduates Sarah Gavron (Suffragette/Brick Lane) and Joanna Hogg (Archipelago/Exhibition); top producers Michael Kuhn (Florence Foster Jenkins/The Duchess/Being John Malkovich) and Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat (Sherlock/Dr Who), writers Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic/The Hour/Brick Lane/ The Iron Lady/Shame/Suffragette), Richard Warlow (Ripper Street, Mistresses) and Daisy Coulam (Granchester/Casualty/Eastenders/Death in Paradise); and top British Television Executives and Producers Sir Peter Bazalgette and Alan Yentob.
With over 650 guests attending from the creative industries, the event was a huge success. Over £340,000 was raised on the night with the highest combined bid going to two life-size Shaun the Sheep sculptures, donated by the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal (the proceeds for which will be divided by NFTS and The Grand Appeal). Other top bids went to the John Bellany painting, ‘Woman With Owl’, a pair of tickets to box office smash musical, ‘Hamilton’ and a surprise auction item of a Cyberman’s head from Dr Who. In addition, some very generous donations were made to the NFTS Student Scholarship fund, contributing to 2.25 scholarships to support future students through their MA courses.
Huge thanks also go to Ingenious, headline sponsor, IMDB, ‘Great British Directors’ Quiz sponsor, Belvedere Vodka drinks reception sponsor and official flight partner, Jet Airways.
The NFTS also announced that it is to run a second ‘NFTS Directing Workshop’. The scheme aims to increase the number of women and people from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities working professionally in screen directing.
Nik Powell, director of NFTS said: “The Directing Workshop is an incredibly important initiative for the NFTS as the School is committed to ensuring that filmmakers represent the society that they reflect. We were inundated with high quality applications for the initial workshop, which shows there is huge demand for a scheme like this and enabled us to select a second tranche of talented directors.”
To see pictures of this year’s event, please click on the following link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3sJ3yY
Please see below for photos from previous Gala events.