THE GREAT BRITISH FILM, TELEVISION & GAMES EVENT 2015
CELEBRATING GREAT BRITISH CHARACTERS – MADE IN THE UK
NFTS Gala Media Partners
Sincere thanks to everyone who supported this year’s NFTS Great British Film, Television and Games Gala on 2 June 2015 at Old Billingsgate, London.
Your support has helped raise £235,000 for the NFTS and its students. Because of your generosity, prospective students from every background have the chance to come and learn at the NFTS and work with us to prepare themselves for a successful career in the film, television and games industries.
Monty Python director Terry Gilliam, actress Brenda Blethyn, writer Steven Moffat, actors Perry Benson and Jimmy Akingbola and the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey were among the glittering array of guests who attended the event.
The Gala was sponsored by Ingenious and hosted by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw who entertained the audience of 750 guests from the creative industries including all of the major film studios, television networks and videogames companies.
Leading interactive entertainment company, King, sponsored the ‘Great British Characters’ Quiz and media partners for the event were Total Film, the international entertainment portal GamesRadar+ and GamesIndustry.biz- the UK’s leading games trade website.
The red carpet event celebrated some of the nation’s favourite film, television and video games characters created in the UK, including James Bond, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Lara Croft and Sack Boy, as well as the talented people who created them - many of whom are NFTS graduates.
A Lara Croft costume worn by Jill de Jong to promote the 2003 Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness video game, a Doctor Who Dalek, a model of Bricksburg from the Lego Movie and a portrait of Terry Gilliam painted live at the event by speed artist Jen Allen were just some of the items auctioned on the night to raise funds to support scholarships, student filmmakers and games developers, capital development plans and teaching at the NFTS.
Funds are of course vital to the School, but equally important are our profile and reputation. The contributions made by the Minister of Culture, Ed Vaizey, helped re-affirm the crucial role that the NFTS plays in educating and preparing students for the creative industries at the highest possible standard.
Speaking at the event, NFTS director Nik Powell thanked guests for their generosity and said: “The UK is famed for producing brilliant, innovative and entertaining films, television and video games loved by audiences the world over. With your help we can continue to offer scholarships to enable the most talented young people to study at the school, whatever their circumstances, and offer even more courses to train the next generation.”
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The 2015 Gala Committee
Ian Livingstone CBE – Vice Chair of UK trade body Ukie, BIS Creative Industries Champion, fantasy author and entrepreneur.
Allan Niblo - Founder, Vertigo Films
Andrew Smith - Group Director Corporate Affairs, Pinewood Studios Group
Andy Payne OBE - Owner of the Mastertronic Group and Chairman of Ukie
Caroline Rowland - Filmmaker, entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Creative Director of New Moon
Josh Berger - President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain
Miles Jacobson OBE - Studio Director of Sports Interactive
Peter Molyneux OBE - Founder and Creative, 22 Cans
Peter Savage - Founder and Chairman of Azule Finance
Riccardo Zacconi - Co-founder and CEO of King Digital Entertainment
Simon Blagden MBE - Chairman of Supervisory Board at Pegg Capital AG and Non-Executive Co-Chairman Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd
Stuart Dinsey - Founder of Intent Media and Chairman of Curve Digital
Will Clarke - Chairman and CEO, Altitude Film Entertainment
Martin Smith - Special Advisor, Ingenious Media
Susannah Clark - VP of Communications, Global, King Digital Entertainment
Nik Powell - Director of the NFTS