NFTS Applications 2021 - The one where the world seems to be on fire....

Jacobbbb

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Hi. A few weeks ago I applied to the Screenwriting and Directing Fiction courses at NFTS (with a preference of writing). I wandered if there was anybody else in my shoes and of course since people at in their houses, it's getting pretty boring so wanted people to talk too in the same boat. I'm just past the Selection Panel stage for the Screenwriting course and just past the received stage for the DF course. Hope you're all staying safe :)
 

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Hey!

I applied for the MA Directing for Fiction course at the NFTS. Just paid the application fee yesterday! How long did it take to get past the selection phase?
 

Jacobbbb

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Hey!

I applied for the MA Directing for Fiction course at the NFTS. Just paid the application fee yesterday! How long did it take to get past the selection phase?

Hey. It took about a day / 2 days to get past it. Technically, I think it's still at the selection phase.... I just wonder because the lines gone past the selection panel and it's closer to Interviews but I got an email the day after I finished my Screenwriting application saying it'd gone to the Selection Panel. For DF, it's still at the Received phase. I'm not sure whether that's because it's NFTS' most popular course or because I'd started my application 2 years prior and only finished it after finishing uni but yeah it's not as quick as my Screenwriting status.

I'm going to guess that it's because DF is their most popular course that it's not as quick since there are larger amounts of appilications.
 

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Yeah I emailed them to check. 2021 has 10 places (2 more than usual) and they recieve 300-400 applicants. Less than a 3% acceptance rate. Tough odds but thats the game I guess.

Did you apply anywhere else?
 

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Jacobbbb

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Yeah I emailed them to check. 2021 has 10 places (2 more than usual) and they recieve 300-400 applicants. Less than a 3% acceptance rate. Tough odds but thats the game I guess.

Did you apply anywhere else?

Damn. Those are tough odds...... I haven't applied anywhere else. I'm thinking about applying for the Raindance MA at their film school but I'm kinda put off with it being a "choose your own course". I'm the type of person that yes, leave me to my own devices and yeah, that's kinda what I do being an introvert and all but I need direction and structure. So yeah, that's the only one I've thought of really. My Plan Bs and Cs all involve like schemes online like shortFLIX and stuff though that might not be possible given the industry is currently shattered at the moment :|
 
I applied to London Film School also but you know it's just so expensive so we'll see what happens! I actually got in but financing it is another story entirely...

What did the Screenwriting app at NFTS consist of?
 

Jacobbbb

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I applied to London Film School also but you know it's just so expensive so we'll see what happens! I actually got in but financing it is another story entirely...

What did the Screenwriting app at NFTS consist of?

That's great. Congrats. Yeah... I saw LFS and know it's more expensive than the NFTS which is weird given how prestigious NFTS is and their alumni. I think that's a lowkey factor for me honestly. NFTS have a great alumni and alumni that are doing well today especially in Screenwriting, Laurie Nunn who graduated in 2013 is the creator and a writer on Sex Education, Shola Amoo who also graduated in 2013 had his second feature out last year called The Last Tree and won Best Writing at the BIFAs and Krysty Wilson-Cairns who also graduated in 2013 (2013 was really a strong year in Screenwriting) co-wrote 1917 which got her a BAFTA and Oscar nomination not to mention she's going to co-write a new Star Wars movie with Taika Watiti. It shouldn't be a factor since the school doesn't make you successful on it's own, you need to also work hard and take advantage in it but it is a factor that runs through my mind.

And the Screenwriting application was very similar to the DF one. The only differences were questions like, "What role would you expect to take in the production and development of a film and TV show given your specialisation", "Write an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses in the script you provided" and "What kind of films, TV shows or media productions do you intend to concentrate on in your future career (I think this is the same question as the DF application but of course extra emphasis on writing instead). Yeah, it wasn't too dissimilar to the DF application.
 
Yeah, the price of LFS is prohibitive and that also bothers me but i'm based in London and I thought I should try it at least, I also have a friend who goes there and she really enjoys it. It was part of the reason I applied but yeah I agree - NFTS is half the price. How does that work? Its price unfortunately makes me feel like students are cash cows.

I emailed about 70 LFS grads from last year to 2013 and plenty replied - I got mixed responses but that's to be expected right? I mean school itself isnt going to make or break anyone but it was interesting to hear people's experiences and where they are at now in their career. Got a lot of people who loved it but one guy was particularly salty (and his graduate short was on the LFS newsletter lol it did really quite well but he had his beefs)
 

Jacobbbb

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Yeah, the price of LFS is prohibitive and that also bothers me but i'm based in London and I thought I should try it at least, I also have a friend who goes there and she really enjoys it. It was part of the reason I applied but yeah I agree - NFTS is half the price. How does that work? Its price unfortunately makes me feel like students are cash cows.

I emailed about 70 LFS grads from last year to 2013 and plenty replied - I got mixed responses but that's to be expected right? I mean school itself isnt going to make or break anyone but it was interesting to hear people's experiences and where they are at now in their career. Got a lot of people who loved it but one guy was particularly salty (and his graduate short was on the LFS newsletter lol it did really quite well but he had his beefs)

Yeah... That's fair. I'm also based in London and though I'm already in £27,000 in debt thanks to university, I'll apply to the LFS as a back up. It doesn't make any sense though given how the NFTS who have a far better alumni and credit success are much cheaper than the LFS. It's also not really ideal given how Corona is wiping out the economy. It sucks though it is what it is...The feedback is noteworthy...
 
Despite getting into LFS, NFTS is really the goal.

I like that you applied to both Screenwriting and DF - rate that :)

Good luck bro, keep me updated. Maybe we'll bump into each other. If you're ever bored in lockdown and need a reader or anything lemme know. One of the central reasons I applied to film school was to have a large network of peers who are creators so even if we dont get any further than here it would be cool to stay up to date with one another :)
 

Jacobbbb

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Yeah, same to you. Thanks, at the end of the day my hearts into Screenwriting but since I initially had eyes for DF I applied to that too. A little update is that my DF application has been prepared and processed for the Selection Panel. Yeah, good luck to you and it'd be cool to stay up to date with you too 👍
 

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