Russell T Davies to helm first masterclass from NFTS and BFI

Russell T Davies

The UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) is partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) on a programme to widen access to film and TV training, with a view to improving diversity and inclusion in the industry.

The Early Stage Access and Diversity Accelerator programme is financially supported by the BFI and will formally commence from April 2021. The NFTS described it as ”the biggest development of the school’s participation programme ever delivered”.

The training will deliver activity and increase access through six areas:

‘Backstories’ Masterclass programme – a public-facing series of masterclasses featuring top UK creative talent, focusing on topical industry themes. The first session will feature Doctor Who writer and It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies

Expansion of Outreach programme via Access NFTS

Widening of access to UK-wide NFTS short courses

Access to online training and development – including financial support for filmmakers from under-represented groups to undertake the NFTS certificate in filmmaking

Training support for film executives and entrepreneurial producers – through access to the Inside Pictures training and leadership skills programme

Bursaries and scholarships – supporting more applicants to NFTS MA and Diploma courses from under-represented groups

NFTS director Jon Wardle said: “Diversity and inclusion is at the core of our plans. 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.”

The NFTS celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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