Award-winning DoPs to deliver masterclass at Encounters

NFTS seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds
Friday 23rd September

Award-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.

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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 sign up 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 sign up.

For more information, please visit

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS:

About the National Film and Television School

The NFTS is one of the world’s leading film, games and television schools. It has been cited by some media as one of the top five film schools globally and by one as the No.1 international film school. In 1967, the government recommended the creation of a national film school for the UK and in 1971 the National Film School opened its doors for the first time focussing on postgraduate education. In the 1980s, the school officially changed its name to the National Film and Television School to incorporate the demand for courses in television production and has since added games to its remit.

NFTS prides itself on producing world-class, award-wining industry leaders. It has more Student Academy Awards (Foreign Category) than any other film school. NFTS students and graduates also regularly win BAFTAs and have won the short film category for the last three years. Other prestigious accolades include the Grierson Award for Best Student Documentary, which NFTS students have won for the last three years as well as multiple Royal Television Society student awards and Annecy Animation Awards. NFTS graduates have gone on to win seven Oscars and 100 BAFTAs with alumni including cinematographer, Roger Deakins (12 times Oscar nominee); BAFTA winning director, David Yates, (best known for directing the Harry Potter films); Oscar winning animator Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli among others. The NFTS is a registered charity (313429). For more information see