We’re just weeks away from the 71st British Academy Film Awards, and ahead of it’s airing, it’s been announced that coveted award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema will be awarded to The National Film and Television School.
The National Film and Television School was founded in 1971, and was the culmination of a major effort by the industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British film industry, in all sorts of departments. Students that have found success include – but are certainly not limited to – Nick Park, the creator of the beloved Wallace & Gromit; Roger Deakins, the astonishing cinematographer who’s nominated this year for his stunning work on Blade Runner 2049; Natalie Ann Holt, the composer who gave everyone’s favourite bear Paddington his score back in 2014 and David Yates, who delivered us the darkest chapters of Harry Potter’s story.
The Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema award is just as prestigious as it’s title suggests; former winners include Mike Leigh, John Hurt, Kenneth Brannagh and Curzon, amongst many other brilliant filmmakers and production companies dedicated to this beautiful art, and The National School of Film and Television is no exception. Their impact on the British film industry is undeniable.
The EE BAFTA Awards will be airing on 19th February 2018 on BBC1, hosted by Joanna Lumley.
Make sure you tune in for a night that celebrates film in all it’s glory.