Film Education: U.K. National Film and TV School Teams With BFI on Diversity Program

The U.K.’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) forges new partnership with British Film Institute to further diversity and inclusion in the industry and address skills gap


Ben Roberts
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Ben Roberts

As part of the initiative, from April the school will create a new public-facing section of its popular Masterclass strand, featuring some of the U.K.’s top creative talent and focussing on topical industry themes. The first session will feature Russell T. Davies (It’s A Sin) in conversation with NFTS alumni.

The school will also further expand its national outreach program aimed and finding and inspiring talent to broader locations, and will widen access, through financial and free courses, its practical entry-level short course, with a focus on under-represented groups. Applicants from these groups will also be given support to access places on NFTS MA and diploma courses through bursaries and scholarships.

“We are thrilled to strengthen our relationship with the BFI by partnering on this exciting program of activity,” said NFTS director Jon Wardle. “It sets out to achieve our collective ambitions: to drive real and positive change within the industry. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of our plans and we will go further and faster than ever before to tear down the barriers to entry, ensuring future talent feel the UK screen industry is a place that welcomes and represents all, regardless of background or circumstance.”

Added BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts: “We’re delighted to partner with NFTS on the Early Stage Access and Diversity Accelerator Programme. We want as many people as possible to benefit from world class learning about our industry; from young enthusiasts to students, emerging practitioners and beyond. We’re grateful to National Lottery players for their generous support to enable this activity.”