THE GREAT BRITISH FILM, TELEVISION & GAMES EVENT 2016
CELEBRATING GREAT BRITISH WOMEN
in support of the National Film and Television School
Sincere thanks to everyone who supported this year’s NFTS Great British Film, Television and Games Gala on 28 June 2016 at Old Billingsgate, London.
This year’s glittering red carpet event celebrated Great British Women, and championed the success and achievements of women across the creative industries.
With over 700 guests attending from the creative industries, the event was a huge success, raising £300,000 for the NFTS, enabling prospective students from every background have the chance to come and learn at the NFTS and prepare themselves for a successful career in the film, television and games industries.
The Gala was hosted by comedian Mel Giedroyc who entertained a star-studded audience on the night, including the iconic Julie Walters CBE, actresses Gemma Arterton and Imogen Stubbs, top producers Barbara Broccoli OBE, Tessa Ross CBE and Elizabeth Karlsen, directors Gurinder Chadha, Stephen Frears, Sarah Gavron, Sharon Maguire, Carol Morley and Sharon Horgan, writers Abi Morgan and Simon Beaufoy and the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.
Ingenious were headline sponsor and leading online film, TV and video game database company, IMDB, sponsored the ‘Great British Women’ Quiz. Top brands Bollinger and Belvedere Vodka also sponsored the drinks reception.
James Bond's cufflinks from Skyfall, a signed script and some Harry Potter and Cursed Child theatre tickets, an Omega ladies watch, and an original portrait of Julie Walters, painted during the evening by acclaimed live illustrator Rachel Abrams, and co-signed by the artist and Julie, 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.
The NFTS also announced a range of initiatives on the night to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing at the annual fundraising Gala.
Speaking at the event, Nik Powell, director of NFTS thanked guests for their generosity and said: “I am extremely grateful to Barbara, Tessa and the committee for taking time out of their busy diaries to make this year’s Gala a success. The film, television and games industries would not be anything without the stellar contributions women like these are making every day.”
“We take our role as educators extremely seriously and are incredibly proud of our female graduates’ achievements, but we know we need to do more to help them make their way in the industry. To this end, I am extremely pleased to announce our initiatives today and the commitment to ensure our ambitions for the programme are realized.”
Producer and Gala Co-Chair, Barbara Broccoli said: “I am fully supportive of the NFTS's efforts to increase diversity amongst its students and excited by the initiatives announced today to boost the number of female filmmakers but there is more to be done by the industry itself in terms of women especially in light of the recent research conducted by Raising Film. We women in film, especially those in positions of influence need to now really focus on supporting working with families so we don't find ourselves losing valuable, talented and enthusiastic members of our industry.”
Producer and Gala Co-Chair, Tessa Ross says: “The Gala is a great opportunity to applaud the work of the NFTS and its fantastic students, as well as to celebrate the work of the great British women who are blazing a trail through the film, television and games industries. Like Barbara, I champion the efforts of the NFTS to ensure that there is a constant flow of great talent, including women coming into these industries.”
Please see below for photos from this and previous Gala events