NFTS, in Partnership with Channel 4, Wants Diverse Applicants for Directing Fiction & Cinematography MA courses. 

c4_nftsAward-winning cinematographers Oliver Stapleton and Stuart Harris, who are co-heads of the National Film and Television School Cinematography MA, are to deliver a Masterclass and Q&A session at this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

The cinematography masterclass – ‘From the NFTS to Hollywood and Back – a Q&A with Oliver Stapleton and Stuart Harris’ – will take place on Friday 23rd September at 5pm at the Watershed in Bristol and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Oliver is a graduate of the NFTS and started out with music videos for legendary artists such as David Bowie and the Rolling Stones and won the MTV award for best cinematography for A-Ha’s ‘the Sun always Shines on TV’. He has worked on a wide range of films including My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters, Cider House Rules and The Proposal.

Stuart has worked on award-winning feature film, Wetherby, music videos for the likes of Pink Floyd and a whole host of commercials for brands such as Levis, Head and Shoulders, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Oil of Olay and Renault. He has also won a D&AD Silver Pencil (equivalent to Yellow) for ‘Outstanding Film Photography’, Milan award, Cannes Commercial Award and New York Clio Award for ‘Best Cinematography’.

Alongside the masterclass session and as part of the festival’s ‘Widening the Lens’ programme, which celebrates cultural diversity, the NFTS talent scout will be on hand to meet with prospective applicants from diverse backgrounds to discuss their showreel and potential application to study at the school (please email to book a session.)

The NFTS, in partnership with Channel 4, is looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds to enrol onto its Directing Fiction and Cinematography MA courses. Channel 4 has a bursary scheme for successful NFTS applicants aimed at people with disabilities, and people from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in film and television directing.

NFTS staff including director, Nik Powell, will be available to inform prospective applicants about its upcoming course deadlines and six new courses, which include: Directing Natural History and Science MA; Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition MA; Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives MA; Directing Commercials Diploma; Production Technology Diploma; Production Accounting Diploma.

To register interest in attending the Cinematography Masterclass with Oliver Stapleton, please visit

…and to meet with the NFTS talent scout, please email

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