INGENIOUS CEO Patrick McKenna named new Chairman of NFTS

Financier behind Avatar, Life of Pi, Trance, 127 Hours, X-Men First Class will help steer NFTS Digital Village plans

Patrick McKenna, founder and Chief Executive of Ingenious, the UK’s leading investor in the creative industries, has been appointed Chairman of the National Film & Television School (NFTS) Board of Governors.

His company has raised and invested over £8 billion into the UK’s creative industries since 1998 including finance for the highest grossing film of all time, James Cameron’s Avatar , the award-winning Life of Pi, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and blockbusters X-Men First Class, The Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard, Rise of the Planet of the Apes as well as Danny Boyle’s indie hits Trance and 127 Hours starring James Franco.

Ingenious also invests in British-made TV production and formats with international appeal, such as drama series Doc Martin, Foyle’s War and most recently crime thriller series The Fall, the most popular new BBC2 drama for many years.

Patrick is chairman of the Young Vic Theatre Company and St John’s, Smith Square, the classical music venue, as well as a number of prominent media companies including Hat Trick Productions, makers of hit comedy series such as Father Ted, Outnumbered and the Armstrong and Miller show.

Patrick McKenna and Ingenious have been involved with the NFTS for many years as a guest speaker, funder and supporter of our work, co-sponsor of this year’s Gala and contributor to our innovative Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries course (EPCRI). 

Speaking on his appointment as Chair, Patrick McKenna said: “The NFTS has built a worldwide reputation for delivering excellent film and TV education and is fortunate in being able to attract some of the world’s best creative talent onto its teaching programmes. The NFTS has both the expertise and the track record to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places to conceive and produce media content.”

Nik Powell, Director of the NFTS, commented: “It’s brilliant to have such a major figure in our business as Patrick as our new Chairman. I very much look forward to working with him to complete phase two of the NFTS Digital Village project and ensuring the NFTS remains one of the top film schools in the world.”

Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, congratulated Patrick on his appointment and added: "The NFTS is one of the best film schools in the world. Patrick McKenna and Ingenious have a proud history of investing in the UK's Creative Industries, and have contributed to many of our global success stories, including Avatar and Life of Pi. I look forward to Patrick taking the NFTS to new levels of success in his new role as chairman."

Patrick succeeds Simon Shaps who stepped down at the end of his term and recently became Managing Director, International Content and production, at CORE Media Group.

Pictured is Patrick McKenna during a recent Harley Davidson road trip across California

“This course has been fantastic!”

Broadcast Production students on Sky Studios work placement

Students on the Broadcast Production course have just returned from a 6 week placement at Sky Studios where they’ve been working on sports shows such as Soccer AM, Fantasy Football and the new Sky Sports flagship children’s show Game Changers, featuring David Beckham.

The 12 month diploma course allows students to specialise in the three core disciplines of broadcast production: Vision Mixing, Camera Lighting or Sound.

Sound specialist students Siyuan (Tao) Lin and Sam Stubbs-Benbow were assigned a Sound Supervisor mentor at Sky to show them the ropes in the state-of-the- art multi-camera studio before giving them the chance work on live shows. They were given the responsibility to mix the sound from Studio mics and outside broadcast feeds, monitor the quality and use audio processing as appropriate to enhance the programme sound, set up and manage studio talkback systems allowing key production team members to communicate effectively.

Tao Lin, 27, previously studied Music Technology and worked in Computer Sound Design for a games company. He signed up for the course to make a career change into Television: “I love the stress of working on a live TV show; it keeps you on your toes and gives you a real adrenaline rush.

"Sky is a great studio with great equipment but the best part was the people. My mentor really took me under his wing and I felt I could ask him anything. When he saw that I knew what I was doing, he gave me opportunities to get stuck in and do the job. As a result I can now see myself developing into different TV roles and, over time, the chance of career progression.”

Both Tao and Sam worked at Sky on Live and Pre-recorded shows such as Soccer AM, Fantasy Football, ATP Tennis, Super Rugby Union, Boats ‘n’ All, Cricket AM and Game Changers.

Sam, 19, said working on Game Changers, Sky’s new Saturday sports show for kids was the most exciting: “This course has been a fantastic experience. No other course gives you the chance to work for 6 weeks in the studio of one of the major TV broadcasters.

"You go in as a member of their staff on their roster. I got given a lot of time by my mentor who gave me more responsibility each week until they’re happy for you to go straight onto the floor to work as a sound operator – it was definitely worth it!”

Sam had also previously studied Music Technology at A Level and was drawn to study sound through a passion for music. He offered this advice to anyone considering joining this course next January (2014). “I already had a backbone knowledge of sound but you don’t need an in depth knowledge of sound to do this course. You are taken through the theory at the start of the course at the NFTS and get to practice in their TV studios before you go to Sky. It's exciting and a great way into the industry.”

At least one graduate from the Broadcast Production course will be taken on to work at Sky at the end of the course.

For more information and to apply for this course to start in 2014 please see the course webpage at:

Horror Film Made by NFTS Students Wins FrightFest 1st prize

'Six Feet Under' beats stiff competition

A 3-minute horror movie made by NFTS students has beaten stiff competition to win 1st prize at the UK’s national horror genre festival Film4 FrightFest.

Six Feet Under’ written and directed by student Weronika Tofilska and produced by Helen Gladders puts an entertainingly feminine spin on the traditionally male horror genre and features a deadly song, written and performed by fellow NFTS students. The film focuses on a young woman nervously starting her first day working alone in a morgue as the make-up artist charged with making dead bodies more life-like for their funerals.

They fought off 156 other submissions from across the UK to win the Short Cuts to Hell challenge of producing a killer micro-horror film within a budget of just £666, no more than six lines of dialogue, six hours shoot time, six cast and six crew. It was filmed in the NFTS canteen.

A jury of six judges selected six films of which ‘Six Feet Under’ was unanimously voted the outstanding best film. Weronika Tofilska was awarded £6,666 prize money plus the opportunity – with Helen Gladders - to make a feature or short film with Movie Mogul.

Tofilska, in the second year of her Fiction Directing MA at the NFTS, said “We entered the Short Cuts to Hell competition from a love of filmmaking and our naive enthusiasm that a short film can be made in six hours. It was, although hard work, a truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Being recognised for our work means that we can share the fun and joy we had while making the film with viewers.”

Congratulations to the NFTS team: Writer and Director Weronika Tofilska, Producer Helen Gladders, DoP James Blaan, Editor Rory Gordon, Sound Luke Shrewsbury, Colourist/Online Editor Ram Tripathi, Music composed by Dave Pearce and sung by Agis Pirlis.

Frightfest judge and Movie Mogul Ltd MD John Shackleton said: "The judges felt that in many ways, Weronika had created the perfect short film and given the audience reaction to the film also, it seems that her film would have secured an audience vote too, had there been one. Weronika Tofilska and Helen Gladders' necromantic take on the 'Six Feet Under' title made the jury selection in the '666 Shortcuts to Hell' competition without contention. It is a perfectly formed and beautifully crafted short film.”

Alongside the Film4 FrightFest main stage screening, £6,666 prize money and a broadcast from sponsors the Horror Channel, the film is now available as part of an anthology release 'Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1' on iTunes through partners Movie Mogul, who also offer a feature film development opportunity to the winners.

NFTS beats off world-wide competition to win all 3 CILECT awards

World’s Top Film Schools Vote for NFTS

The NFTS has made history by beating off competition from the world’s major film schools to win ALL three CILECT awards - the equivalent of film school 'Oscars'.

160 institutions from 60 countries are members of CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools), which organises a competition every year to find the world’s best student films.

For the first time in CILECT’s history, members voted overwhelmingly for student films submitted by the NFTS to win all 3 categories: Fiction, Documentary and Animation.

CILECT Executive Director Stanislav Semerdjiev said in a message to the Association’s members: “It is astounding. For the first time in the history of the competition we have a situation that until now was considered only a theoretical possibility. In all three categories, CILECT members have voted for films entered by the same school - the NFTS in the UK.”

“I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to our friend and colleague Nik Powell and to the whole team, staff and students of NFTS and to wish them the very best in all their future endeavours!”

Head Over Heels written and directed by Timothy Reckart and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly won the CILECT Animation prize; After written and directed by Lukasz Konopa won the Documentary prize and The Mass of Men written and directed by Gabriel Gauchet was awarded the prize for Fiction. These films have collectively been screened at 160 festivals world-wide, won over 60 prestigious awards including the Royal Television Society Student awards, Locarno Film Festival, San Sebastian, Encounters, Anima Mundi, the first ever Student Annie award and Head Over Heels was the only student film in the world nominated for an Oscar in 2013. 

The 3 films will be shown at the CILECT Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where prizes will be awarded on September 17-18th.

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the students involved and another phenomenal first for the NFTS! To win all three categories by an overwhelming majority of the globe’s major film schools is unprecedented. It puts British talent firmly at the top in the world following the NFTS' 6th Student Academy Award win and an Oscar nomination earlier this year, an NFTS graduate winning the prestigious Camera d’Or at Cannes 2013 – not to mention Britain bagging the Ashes, Wimbledon and the Tour de France!”

Head Over Heels has been screened at over 75 festivals around the world, has won over 30 festival awards, won three Oscar-qualifying grand prizes (Anima Mundi in Brazil, and Heartland Film Festival and Austin Film Festival in the USA) and won the first ever Annie Award for Student Film. It was also nominated for an Academy Award and the Cartoon d'Or.

Head Over Heels Director Timothy Reckart said: “I feel lucky to be part of such a historic moment for the NFTS. Beyond simply providing an education, the school creates a tight community of filmmakers who support and inspire each other, and I think the success of all three film departments at CILECT says a lot about the richness of that artistic community.”

The Mass of Men has been screened at more then 60 festivals worldwide where it has won 25 Awards including the Grand Prix in 4 Oscar qualifying festivals: Locarno, Tampere, Short Shorts Asia in Tokyo and Huesca.

After has been screened at 25 film festivals around the world so far, including SXSW, Visions du Reel, Camerimage and Encounters, winning 4 awards. After Director Lukasz Konopa said: “Being recognized in this competition means that through this simple, modest documentary we managed to say something new, something that touches people around the world. I am grateful to my tutors and my friends for their support and encouragement.”

CILECT - The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France in 1955, the brainchild of the two leading figures of the French film school IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques) – Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director).

Featured image: Gabriel Gauchet, director of Mass of Men, with his Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival.

NFTS launches comedy course with Channel 4

Fresh Meat’s Sam Bain & Father Ted’s Graham Linehan among advisors & guest tutors

The NFTS is launching the UK’s first industry recognised comedy course.

The exciting new 18 month part-time NFTS Diploma in Writing and Producing Comedy will be run in partnership with Channel 4 and its advisory board includes Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Rev), Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd), Caroline Norris (Horrible Histories, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Dead Ringers), John O’Farrell (Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Novelist) and many others.

Students will develop all forms of scripted comedy including, sketch shows, sitcoms and comedy dramas taught by NFTS writing and producing tutors supported by guest sessions from the people responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic UK shows. It will combine both theory and practice.

Channel 4 will provide facilities for teaching sessions at their London HQ and C4 commissioners will review material produced by the participants as well as deliver workshops and masterclasses.

Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 said: “Producing comedy is a serious business. Inherent comic talent is important, however, acquiring the craft of making comedy is the only way to sustain a career.  Channel 4 has a long tradition of engaging with, and encouraging, new talent but the more experience you can gain when starting out, the better. If you are considering a career in comedy, then the NFTS is a fast track for acquiring those career sustaining skills.” 

The award-winning comedy duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong have co-written two films (Four Lions, Magicians), six hit TV shows including Peep Show and Fresh Meat and the Radio 4 show That Mitchell and Webb Sound.

Sam Bain, who has been a course adviser since it was first proposed by the NFTS, said: “Jesse and I met on a creative writing course - they're a great way to learn your trade. A course provides deadlines and feedback - the bread and water of a writer's life. And there's always the chance you'll meet the writing partner of your dreams. Keep a dozen roses in your in your carrier bag on the off-chance."

Applications are now open for the NFTS Comedy Course that starts in January 2014. Applicants must be able to: demonstrate a knowledge of television/film; provide details of past achievements; demonstrate a clear focus for their future ambitions; and, crucially, show one or more examples of material that demonstrates comedy capabilities.

However, the NFTS Director, Nik Powell said: “The main entrance requirement is that applicants must be funny and have a passion for comedy.”

He added: “People often question whether comedy can be taught. We take the view that a sense of humour is innate but being able to write comedy for film or television is a skill that is honed through practice. That’s why we’ve got some of the UK’s best comedy writers on board - like Sam Bain and Graham Linehan - to advise on this course and be guest tutors.”

The course costs £7,000, is part-time over 18 months and applications need to be submitted by October 3, 2013. To apply for this course, visit the course page or contact the NFTS Registry by email

Pan’s Labyrinth & Hellboy Director Guillermo del Toro talks to NFTS

Students given preview of new film 'Pacific Rim'

Oscar-nominated Writer-Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone) has given a special NFTS Q&A talk and private preview screening of his latest film Pacific Rim at Warner Brothers in London.

Speaking about his latest film ahead of its release on July 12, del Toro answered questions from students including those on Digital Effects, Production Design and Directing Animation, 

When asked what made him want to make Pacific Rim – a sci-fi action movie featuring a battle by human driven robots to save Earth from an invasion of alien monsters - del Toro replied: “I don’t normally do films that I haven’t written but this was an exception. I read a one pager from Travis Beacham and right there I could see the movie in my head. I rang my agent and said ‘how soon can I make this movie?’”

The Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures film was originally shot in 2D but later converted to 3D, del Toro said he called Titanic director James Cameron: “He gave me some good advice and luckily, having come from an Effects background, I made sure that the toughest shots were done to my satisfaction. I am proud; I think the film looks like it was made in 3D.”

Industrial Light and Magic was chosen to create the visual effects for Pacific Rim along with Oscar winners John Knoll and Hal T. Hickel, both known for their work on the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean films; Legacy Effects was hired to do the special and practical effects on the film. When asked by Digital Effects students how much attention he gave to the laws of physics in the film, del Toro said he’d spent a lot of time making sure the Sci-Fi environment worked and veracity was important but “…when it comes to physics you have to draw a line between looking good and looking real. In reality, robots of this size would move so slowly it would be like watching the most boring motion movie! And the monsters – no organism on our planet is going to reach that size. There is a point where you have to be willing to believe the fantasy.”

Places are still available on the NFTS Digital Effects MA Apply by July 11 - scholarships and bursaries are available.

He said the same was true when balancing the need to give the information and avoiding overloading them with unnecessary details. “If you explain too much, people will tune out. Just dramatise it once. The only rule you really need in a story is ‘…and then?’ If you are a good narrator, your audience will come with you without understanding all of the rules of physics etc. Empathy for your characters, that’s what you need. Explain to me the rules in ‘Spirited Away’? It doesn’t matter so long as you keep the audience wondering what happens next." 

However, he added, you have to approach an action genre movie in a specific way: “Certain archetypes are needed to sustain the genre (a scientist, the hero, the guys they are fighting) but you can give them a twist. There are many things you can do to subvert genre, but still make it work.”

And action takes precedence over character: “You cannot do Chekov’s ‘The Seagull’ while filming a monster vs. robots movie. You will fail. Plot is subservient to action. Making an action movie is like a musical. In ‘An American in Paris’, does the film have amazing characters, is that what the audience wants? No, they want to see Gene Kelly dance again.”

Asked how he created the Kaiju monsters in the film, he said “Monster Movies are like beauty pageants; you’re not hiding your monsters – it’s all there on display. So you need renovate the enchantment for the audience.”

Del Toro was keen to avoid his monsters referencing monsters in other films so he looked to art and nature for inspiration: “I directed the designers to look at Japanese pagodas, a bone, a shape, as a starting point. I used Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa as a reference for the film's ocean battles. For the robots we looked to other machines like huge bomber planes.”

When asked how he was able to give the monsters such character, he said creating a silhouette before the detail was crucial. “I remember Ray Harryhausen saying that when you look at a lion it is beautiful but as soon as it’s on top of you it’s going to look terrifying. So I always sculpt a neutral expression on my monsters first rather than making them look constantly angry because then you have somewhere to go with the emotion.

“There’s a psychology to the monsters. I direct them like actors. I discuss the details such as the size of the lens or the camera angles with the animation Director. I also give them little flaws. False gestures that give them a sense of true life because you don’t want monsters being perfect. They’re not superheroes. That’s boring. With my monsters you’ll see a wobbly belly, a shrug of the shoulders, it’ll lose its balance.”

Of directing he said – “If you look to command you need to be part of the troop first. I was a boom guy, a PA, all sorts before.” He continued, “The art of a director is how you negotiate adversity, part of that is what you let go, so you can keep what’s essential.”

The film includes several British actors in lead roles including Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther). Del Toro said Idris Elba was great to work with: “He was my first choice for this role because he can show strength and vulnerability. I wanted someone who is full of moral strength so that when he says ‘Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse’ you really believe him.”

The film's score was composed by Ramin Djawadi who del Toro selected based on his work on Prison Break, Iron Man, and Game of Thrones. Asked how he managed to balance the use of music and digital effects in the film del Toro said: “Music and Effects in a film are like a tango – one has to lead … you will not get a waltz, you have to go with one or the other or it will not work.”

Don't miss your chance to join these NFTS MA courses - APPLY BY JULY 11 for: Digital Effects, Games Design & Development Production Design, Directing Animation and the short summer course Director's Series 

Picture: NFTS Director Nik Powell with Guillermo del Toro at the Masterclass.

Hotter than Hell

Horror Film Made by NFTS Students in Final of FrightFest Competition.

A micro-horror movie made by NFTS students has been selected as a finalist in a competition run by prestigious genre festival Film4 FrightFest.  They successfully answered the challenge laid down by Short Cuts to Hell to create a killer three minute film within restraints of a budget of just £666, no more than six lines of dialogue, six hours shoot time, six cast and six crew. 

Director Weronika Tofilska and producer Helen Gladders’ film puts an entertainingly feminine spin on the traditionally male horror genre and features a deadly song, written and performed by fellow NFTS students.  The film focuses on a young woman nervously starting her first day working alone in a morgue as the make-up artist charged with making dead bodies more life-like for their funerals. 

Tofilska, in the second year of her Fiction Directing MA at the NFTS, said We entered the “Short Cuts to Hell” competition from a love of filmmaking and our naive enthusiasm that a short film can be made in six hours. It was, although hard work, a truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Being recognised for our work means that we can share the fun and joy we had while making the film with viewers.”

Award-winning writer-director and horror aficionado, who inspired students alongside Ben Wheatley at last year’s NFTS Horror Day, Corin Hardy whose highly anticipated debut horror feature The Woods is due to shoot this year, commented “With its succulent pastel cinematography, assured set design and killer soundtrack I was pleased to see Weronika Tofilska's '6 Feet Under' reach the 'Short Cuts To Hell' final. Her dark, sexy film has a playfulness at its bitter-sweet core, making it very difficult not to fall in love with!"

The six finalist films will be screened on the Horror Channel and at Film4 FrightFest , held at the Empire Leicester Square from 22nd – 26th August, where the winning film will be announced.  The overall winner will receive a prize of £6,666 and the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature with mentorship from production company Movie Mogul.  


Award winning Directors Cathy Brady and Afarin Eghbal celebrate

2013 Directing Fiction graduate Cathy Brady & 2012 Directing Animation graduate Afarin Eghbal celebrated being named ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ at the prestigious Screen International party, hosted at the Langham Hotel, London, last night.

Screen International - the UK's leading film industry magazine - annually picks out the hottest rising talents from behind and in front of the camera and hosts a celebratory party.

Cathy Brady’s graduation film 'Wasted' was selected for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. From Northern Ireland, her film ‘Small Change’ and NFTS graduation short film ‘Morning’ both won Irish Film awards. Cathy is now working on a feature project with screenwriter Laura Lomas, who she previously collaborated with, on a short for Channel Four’s Coming Up strand called Rough Skin.

Speaking at the Stars of Tomorrow event, Cathy said she hoped being named a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ would help her directing career: “I hope this opens opportunities to meet more people, have my ideas heard and that it enables me to make more films.” 

Following the amazing success of her animated documentary film 'Abuelas', which was nominated for a BAFTA, has been shown at over 150 festivals and won almost 70 awards, Afarin Eghbal is working on several feature projects including ‘The London Syndrome’

Afarin said: “The success of Abuelas has been fantastic, but I’m keen to show that I don’t just direct documentary animation; I’m interested in all mediums. What I’m most interested in is the subject matter and at the moment I’m hoping to film a live action film.”

‘The London Syndrome’ is a low budget live action psychological horror film whose senior crew are all NFTS graduates, including Producer Len Rowles and Writer Frances Poletti.

“We are all from different graduation years but when we met up there was a real meeting of minds. NFTS graduates are just the best,” added Afarin.

Don’t miss your chance to join the Directing Animation MA course starting in September or the Directors Series short course held from 29 July – 23 August. Apply before July 11.

Scholarships and bursaries are available for our MA courses.

You can read about the NFTS and the “Stars of Tomorrow” feature in the latest edition (June-July) issue of Screen International or online here 

Picture: Afarin Eghbal and Cathy Brady at the Screen International event.


'SEXTERS' TX Sunday 21 July at 12.15am

An NFTS TV entertainment documentary commissioned by Channel 5 is to be broadcast on this Sunday July 21 at 12.15am after the 10pm movie.

Channel 5 asked the NFTS TV Department students to pitch ideas last year and finally chose ‘Sexters’ – which takes a light-hearted look at the modern phenomenon of of people sending sexually explicit messages and photos via mobile phone.

It features a gay party-goer who uses mobile apps to sext strangers; a young open-minded woman; a middle-aged married couple who sext to spice up their relationship; a man who sexts before first dates and many others. It is the first time that Channel 5 has commissioned a student TV department to make a programme for transmission and it forms part of the broadcasters' drive to develop talent in the UK.

The idea was developed by recent graduate Cynthia Colucci (Producing and Directing TV Entertainment MA 2011), who also directed it; she co-produced the documentary along with Justine Ost (Producing and Directing TV Entertainment MA 2011), plus a crew of graduates and current students using the school's production facilities.

Producer Director Cynthia Colucci said: "It’s a light-hearted programme talking about sexting, which does relate to sex, spicy messages and nude pictures sometimes - but it’s not only about that. It’s also about flirting, love, and emotional insecurities. It’s entertainment and I hope viewers find it entertaining. "It’s a controversial topic but there is a huge world of people out there that sext. Finding them was not an issue. The tricky bit was to get hold of those who wouldn’t mind showing their faces, pictures, messages and sharing their stories.”

Producer Justine Ost, said: "Making a documentary that delves into people’s personal sex lives has been quite an experience. It’s been great meeting all of the contributors and hearing about the positive, funny sides of the sexting phenomenon. I think it hasn’t been talked about as openly as this before so I’m glad to have contributed to bring something new to TV audiences.”

Head of Television David G.Croft said: “This is a unique partnership – a Film & TV School making an entertainment programme for a broadcaster and operating under the same kinds of pressures as the professional world of TV production.”

Justine is now working as Assistant Producer on a BBC 2 new property show pilot. Cynthia is working on Coca-Cola commercials this summer and shooting some pitch reels for future TV pitchings.

Warner Bros. Television in the UK are also to invest in an NFTS graduation project that is currently in development. Shooting starts in September on the project whose working title is ‘LIONS SHARE’, which is a new formatted hidden camera show.

To apply for the 2014 NFTS Producing and Directing TV Entertainment MA course contact the NFTS registry by email

Scholarships and Bursaries are available including one from Zodiak Media Group specifically for students on the TV Entertainment course.


EMMY award nominations for NFTS alumni

Downton Abbey and Olympics ceremony

Jeremy Webb (Directing Fiction graduate, 1997) has been nominated for an EMMY award in the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series category in this year’s Primetime EMMY Awards for his work on series three of Downton Abbey, for which he directed two episodes.

The nominations for Best Miniseries or Movie include the History Channel’s The Bible, on which 2012 Digital Post Production graduate Helen Brownell worked as VFX Artist on a couple of episodes, and Top of the Lake, on which Richard Flynn (Sound graduate, 1994) acted as Sound Recordist.

The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony is a nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Programs Category.

Several NFTS recent graduates were involved in this event: Aneil Karia (Live Action Director) and Abigail Dankwa (Stage Manager) are both NFTS Producing and Directing Television Entertainment graduates; Animator/Video Engineer Zsolt Balogh (SFX/VFX, 2010); Cinematography graduates Stuart Bentley (DoP), Chloë Thomson & Vanessa Whyte; Editor Joseph Pierce graduated from Directing animation (2008) and Orchestrator Ben Foster is an NFTS Composing for Film and Television graduate (2003).

The EMMY presentation ceremony will take place on September 22.