NFTS Challenge gives Year 12s the edge

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Help Year 12s get their CVs to the top of the pile by equipping students with communication skills vital to modern business. Unique to Buckinghamshire, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Challenge returns in October – and we’re inviting up to ten schools to take part.

It’s ideal for business studies, English and media students – or indeed anyone interested in working in the global economy.

Participating schools benefit from:

  • a workshop funded by the NFTS with Ian Robertson, an award winning director of shorts, commercials and music videos
  • bespoke lesson resources

The winning team receive a young filmmakers workshop at the NFTS on the 2nd January 2019 inset day run by award-winning television director David G. Croft, who has directed some of the best-known entertainment and music programmes of the last 25 years including Live Aid, Top of the Pops, Crystal Maze and Shooting Stars.

Teams of up to five students will create and produce a video commercial promoting their school to prospective pupils and parents, using skills from project management and pitching to presentation and research, combined with creativity and practical video production.

This challenge offers careers coordinators an opportunity to introduce careers to the curriculum and to provide an exceptional employer encounter, combining both Gatsby benchmarks 4 and 5. During the in-school round 1 competition, students will storyboard and present their idea. Teams selected to go through to round 2 then put their idea into production.

Please email Enterprise Coordinator Luisa Clarke to find out more and register your school.

Full competition timetable:

  • 10 September – 18 October 2018: Round 1 – in-school competition – possibly run over a number of sessions
  • 18 October: Deadline for confirmation of first round winning team – one per school (submitted to Bucks Skills Hub)
  • 19 October: Round 2 – into production!
  • 19 November: Deadline for finished films to be submitted to the NFTS via link
  • 3 December: Four winning teams announced
  • 2 January 2019: NFTS winners filmmaking workshop (Bucks-wide inset day)