National Film and Television School 50th Anniversary

Half a century of training filmmaking excellence.

By National Film and Television School

NFTS 50th Anniversary (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

2021 is an exciting milestone in the history of the NFTS as we commemorate our landmark 50th anniversary by planning a whole series of exciting events and activities to celebrate our past, present and future!

NFTS Google Arts & Culture (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

The highlight of these celebrations is this 50th Anniversary NFTS Archive Project in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture.

NFTS Vaults (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

After half a century of training filmmakers, whether it be fiction, documentary, Animation, TV or games making, the NFTS has curated 200 student films from its vaults and made them public here.

NFTS Credits (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

This is a moment to hear from filmmakers who have gone on to make some of the most memorable pieces of cinema and tv, whether that be as directors, editors, composers, cinematographers or any of the talented behind the camera crews it takes to create these stories.

Nick Park Signing NFTS Animation Department Wall (2019) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

Filmmakers such as Nick Park (Director and Creator: Wallace and Gromit characters), Lynne Ramsay (director: You Were Never Here), Rose Glass (director: Saint Maud) and many many more will share with us their memories of their student films and time at the NFTS.

NFTS Film Prints (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

In some cases, films have been digitally transferred for the first time from their original prints. Some films date back to the late 1970s.

Balloon sketches and artwork (1991) by Ken LidsterNational Film and Television School

Take a peek at production stills and behind the scenes images and videos from films dating back to the seventies.  Animators have shared their early conceptual art and sketches revealing the evolution of the draw, painted or stop motion characters for their films.

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema BAFTA & Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (2020) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

This a celebration, a time capsule if you like, of the great work the NFTS has done in its first century of existence. Here’s to the next 50 years!

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