Cutting edge comms skills: give Y12 students the edge

Start date: Wed 20th June 2018
End date:

Posted Thu 21st June 2018
Expires Thu 20th June 2019

Help Year 12s get their cvs to the top of the pile by equipping them 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 directorof shorts, commercials and music videos
  • bespoke lesson resources
  • (for winning teams) a young filmmakers workshop at the NFTS on 2nd January 2019 at an 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.

It 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 storyboard and present their idea. Teams selected to go through to round 2 then put their idea into production.

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 Buckinghamshire Skills Hub)
  • 19 October: Round 2 – in to 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 (county-wide inset day)


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