NFTS - Directing Fiction Applications 2025

Mona36

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Hey everyone! It's a bit early but I've just noticed the NFTS Directing Fiction course is taking applications for Jan 2025. I know this has been done pretty much every year to support those applying... and I definitely need that support lold
Good luck all <3
 
Good luck! Have you seen our interview with NFTS admissions?

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Welcome back comrades! We salute yet again those who got in, those who are still here, and the newcomers who are joining us this year on this wild ride.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! This is your year!!
 
I don't know if this is just a myth, but my friend said the earlier you apply to the course, the better. I don't want to be at a disadvantage by applying right before the deadline, but I also don't wanna rush it! Have you all heard anything about this?
 
Anybody know what's up with the treatment requirements? Writing a treatment on just two pages, double spaced, is impossible. The "Requirements" section on the website says you should cover Basic Situation, Characters, and Main Thrust, but the Application includes "Characters and Other Elements".

It says "no more than 2 sides of A4 paper". That means two pages, right? I'm not going crazy?
 
I don't know if this is just a myth, but my friend said the earlier you apply to the course, the better. I don't want to be at a disadvantage by applying right before the deadline, but I also don't wanna rush it! Have you all heard anything about this?
I wrote them a mail regarding this. They wrote me back saying that there is no such thing. There’s also a chance if there’s such thing and they won’t admit it directly.
 
I wrote them a mail regarding this. They wrote me back saying that there is no such thing. There’s also a chance if there’s such thing and they won’t admit it directly.

Ah well done for writing them. From what I've gleaned from these past threads, they take such a long time to go through the applications, so I wouldn't imagine they just ignore the later submissions
 
I don't know if this is just a myth, but my friend said the earlier you apply to the course, the better. I don't want to be at a disadvantage by applying right before the deadline, but I also don't wanna rush it! Have you all heard anything about this?
Hi it's Emily here from the NFTS! I can assure you that all applications are considered after the deadline (9th May), so please don't rush :) good luck!
 
Hey everyone, nice to know there's a place we can connect and chat together. Do you know if there is any expectation for the portfolio to be semi-pro (image and sound quality wise)? I am planning to submit a film made with an old handycam, very amateur in nature but I don't want to get immediately rejected for not meeting some requirement I don't know about. Are they really looking for potential or does technical quality matter in any way? Would appreciate your help in answering Chris W:)
 
Hey everyone, nice to know there's a place we can connect and chat together. Do you know if there is any expectation for the portfolio to be semi-pro (image and sound quality wise)? I am planning to submit a film made with an old handycam, very amateur in nature but I don't want to get immediately rejected for not meeting some requirement I don't know about. Are they really looking for potential or does technical quality matter in any way? Would appreciate your help in answering Chris W:)
I'm not sure of the answer to this. Have you read our interview with them?

How to Get Into NFTS, the #1 International Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions Department (Part 1)

How to Get Into NFTS, the #1 International Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions Department (Part 1)

There is no other film school in the United Kingdom more notable than the National Film and Television School (NFTS), an institution renowned for producing high-profile industry players and Oscar winners since 1971. Based in Beaconsfield, a short 25 minute train journey from central London...
 
Hey everyone, nice to know there's a place we can connect and chat together. Do you know if there is any expectation for the portfolio to be semi-pro (image and sound quality wise)? I am planning to submit a film made with an old handycam, very amateur in nature but I don't want to get immediately rejected for not meeting some requirement I don't know about. Are they really looking for potential or does technical quality matter in any way? Would appreciate your help in answering Chris W:)
From what I've heard, but I could be wrong, they don't look too much at technical polish and are more interested in the storytelling you've managed to convey as a director. Don't be put off! Apply with all you've got and good luck
 
Hey everyone, nice to know there's a place we can connect and chat together. Do you know if there is any expectation for the portfolio to be semi-pro (image and sound quality wise)? I am planning to submit a film made with an old handycam, very amateur in nature but I don't want to get immediately rejected for not meeting some requirement I don't know about. Are they really looking for potential or does technical quality matter in any way? Would appreciate your help in answering Chris W:)
I'm pretty sure their official website explicitly says, "The technical quality of the work submitted is not a priority in assessment." So, don't worry about it, just go ahead and apply with confidence!
 
Hello Emily! I just wanted to ask whether the NFTS allows students (particularly on the Directing Fiction MA) to borrow equipment to work on personal projects during less busy periods where the kit isn’t in high-demand?
Hi it's Emily here from the NFTS! I can assure you that all applications are considered after the deadline (9th May), so please don't rush :) good luck!
 
My application got sent to the Selection Panel today, just got an email. I probably submitted the first week applications opened. Anybody else? I'm used to getting this message much later in the year.
 
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