NFTS To Receive BAFTA For Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

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Thu 1st Feb 2018

The NFTS is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the EE British Academy Film Awards in February.

The NFTS joins a prestigious list of recipients of this award including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, Tessa Ross, Working Title Films, BBC Films and Curzon. Marc Samuelson, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: “The NFTS is a truly integral part of our industry, and is hugely deserving of this award.”

This award is a huge honour. For almost five decades the NFTS has trained and educated people who go on to power British cinema. Our graduates have been responsible for some of British film and television’s greatest moments in recent years. With the generous support from our donors and the wider British film, television and games industries, we will continue to provide the people that ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the creative industries globally for years to come.

Everyone at the school is looking forward to the ceremony on 18th February.

Nominations feature this year for their students and graduates. Dario Marianelli is nominated for an Original Music BAFTA for Darkest Hour, Roger Deakins is nominated for the Cinematography BAFTA and Cinematography Oscar for Bladerunner 2049 (his 15th Oscar nomination). Stuart Wilson receives his 6th Oscar nomination for Sound Mixing and a Sound BAFTA nomination for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Hugh Welchman is nominated for the Animated Film BAFTA and Animated Feature Oscar for Loving Vincent. Hugh is a previous Oscar winner for short film Peter and The Wolf.

Graduates also feature heavily in the shorts and Best Debut categories with Emily Morgan, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Paloma Baeza all nominated for BAFTAs.

Finally, the NFTS Graduate Showcase sponsored by AMD Studios comprises a month of showcases and screenings of the exciting and diverse range of content produced by graduating students. The events programme will take place at various venues across London throughout February and March with our main event taking place at Picturehouse Central on 26th and 27th February.