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CHRISTOPHER MULVIN WINS ACTING AWARD

| September 24, 2018

National Youth Film Academy Member, Christopher Mulvin has won an Award of Excellence for his acting role in ‘The Code’. The Code is currently doing its festival run and has so far picked up 16 awards! In his own words:  “The Code is a short film based on true events from WWII directed by the award-winning […]

DIRECTOR WILLIAM OLDROYD TALKS TIPS AND NETWORKING

| September 20, 2018

As well as producing short films, our Summer 2018 #SetReady course participants enjoyed Masterclasses and Workshops with a star line up of industry professionals! Actor Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet), Cinematographer Phil Meheux (CasinoRoyal), and Industrial Light and Magic’s, Daniele Bigi (Head of VFX, Ready Player One) – to name a few! We also had the […]

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MATTHEW SHARPE LANDS ROLE IN ‘NORMAL PEOPLE’!

News | September 19, 2018

Guess who’ll be joining Academy Award Nominees, Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville on the set of upcoming ‘Normal People’? …Our very own Matthew Sharpe! The film depicts the tender love story of a married couple and their journey as Joan, Tom’s wife, battles cancer. Through our agency, Matthew has landed the role of the receptionist who […]

DOUGLAS BOOTH TALKS ADVICE, GOALS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA

| September 18, 2018

As part of our #SetReady course, we aim to give you exclusive access to top industry professions who can offer their advice and insider knowledge on the film and screen industry. This summer, Actor Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet 2013, Loving Vincent 2017) joined us as part of our ‘If we can, you can’ masterclass. This […]

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MARK JARVIS WINS BEST MALE PRESENTER 2018

News | September 17, 2018

On Sunday 16th September, NYFA member/alumni, Mark Jarvis, bagged himself the title of Best Male Presenter 2018 at this year’s national Community Radio Awards! We caught up with Mark who had this to say: “The award ceremony was amazing. It’s definitely a moment I’ll never forget! I can’t tell people enough how grateful I am […]

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5 TOP TIPS FOR FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS

Advice and Guidance | September 12, 2018

We’ve auditioned thousands of talented actors and filmmakers over years so we know a thing or two when it comes to giving a great audition! Make sure you give yourself the best shot at success by checking out the tips below! 1. Have a professional attitude! Make sure you’re not too friendly and you’re not […]

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5 TOP TIPS FOR ACTING AUDITIONS

Advice and Guidance | September 12, 2018

We’ve auditioned thousands of talented actors and filmmakers over years so we know a thing or two when it comes to giving a great audition! Make sure you give yourself the best shot by checking out the tips below!   5. Know where the camera is – but don’t look at it! Actors! If you […]

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£1,000 TO BRING YOUR SHORT FILM TO LIFE!

News | September 11, 2018

  Did you know once you’ve taken part in our #SetReady course you have access to a top aftercare team who’ll help to find you roles and jobs within the film and screen industry? As well as this, you can also team up with other members to enter our £1K Challenge! What’s the £1K Challenge? […]

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THE #SETREADY COURSE TOO!

| September 7, 2018

5 REASONS WHY… YOU SHOULD DO THE #SETREADY COURSE TOO! BY JOSEPH ARCHER (National Youth Film Academy Member)   My name is Joseph, I was a director on the Summer 2018 #SetReady Course. I am going to tell you about my experience on the course and why I think you should do the course too!  Overall […]

Meet Our Summer #SetReady 2019 VXF Mentor – Daniele Bigi

| August 29, 2018

How did you come to work in visual effects? I have been passionate about computers and video games since I was a kid when I was always playing with Commodore Vic 20 and Amiga.Like most of my friends, I grew up during the 80′ watching Hollywood blockbuster classic. While I was studying at university I did few […]

Meet Our Summer #SetReady 2019 Filmmaking Mentor – Kyla Bruce

| August 29, 2018

Tell us about yourself “I’m a writer and director, based in London. I predominantly make dramas, focusing on  strong characters who are often misrepresented in mainstream filmmaking. I also make music videos and documentaries and my side hustle is working as a script supervisor. Check out my website here. We just finished making MERCURY, a […]

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Member Nominated for ‘Best Male Presenter’ and ‘Young Person of The Year’

News | August 28, 2018

We are proud to announce NYFA member/alumni, Mark Jarvis, has been nominated for both Best Male Presenter, and Young Person Of The Year (Sponsored by BBC Local Radio) in the national Community Radio Awards. After receiving the Bronze Award for Male Presenter and being awarded Best Newcomer last year (2017), Jarvis has managed get recognised […]

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Meet Our Summer #SetReady 2019 Scriptwriting Mentor: Hayley McKenzie

Event, News | August 24, 2018

Meet Hayley Hayley McKenzie is the Founder of Script Angel, a screenwriter coaching and talent development company.  She was previously script executive for over fifteen years including for BBC, ITV and Channel Four. Hayley is an international speaker at film and television events including Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Women in Film & Television, […]

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The #SetReady Blog: The first week

Event, News | August 24, 2018

It’s the end of the first week of the Summer #SetReady course 2018… and it’s been crazy! Want to know what we’ve been up to? Day 1 On the first day people began to trickle in early at around 8:30am. They grabbed a coffee from the Ravensbourne University coffee shop and mingled with the other […]

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NYFA Helps Member Get Into London Film School

Event | August 17, 2018

David Ford took part in the 2018 Easter #SetReady Course. During the course, David wrote an excellent screenplay called Pandaemonium, since then David’s has been working hard and has managed to get himself a place in London Film School – with help from the National Youth Film Academy! Before the course, LFS wasn’t even on David’s […]

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Meet Our Summer #SetReady 2019 Acting Mentor – Adam Leese

Event | August 15, 2018

Meet Adam Leese Adam Leese is an Actor and an Trainer for other Actors. He does this with his organisation ‘Actors Training’ – it does exactly what it says on the tin! He’s worked as an Actor on numerous high profile films and TV shows such as Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), Attack the Block (2011), […]

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5 Pet-Hates From The Casting Room

Advice and Guidance | August 9, 2018

Sophie Kingston Smith is a Casting Associate to Rose Wicksteed who’s cast films such as Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and ‘Room 8′ as well as horrors ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘The Nun’ which is now in post-production. A couple of weeks ago we chatted with Sophie about what it’s like to work in the casting room and what actors can do to […]

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How to be a Production Coordinator

Advice and Guidance | August 2, 2018

Are you ridiculously organised? Do you love TV/Film? Do you want to work in all areas of the industry? Maybe, being a Production Coordinator is the job for you. To gain full insight into this career – we spoke to the experienced and talented Senior Production Coordinator, Becki Powers. Could you explain your job role […]

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Interview with Jay Clarke, Wes Anderson’s go-to Storyboarder

Advice and Guidance, News | July 27, 2018

This week at NYFA we caught up with extremely talented storyboarder, Jay Clarke. He’s worked as the Lead Storyboarder on Wes Anderson’s latest two films – Isle of Dogs and Grand Budapest Hotel.  He’s now currently working on Anderson’s upcoming live-action film. Clarke has also worked on the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Alice Through the […]

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How To Get Noticed In The Casting Room

Advice and Guidance | July 25, 2018

Meet Sophie Kingston Smith Sophie Kingston Smith is a Casting Associate to Rose Wicksteed who’s cast films such as Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and ‘Room 8′ as well as horrors ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘The Nun’ which is now in post-production. We chatted with Sophie about what it’s like to work in the casting room and what actors […]

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The Top Five Best British Football Films

News | July 9, 2018

In light of recent footballing events, we thought we’d supply you with something film AND football related to celebrate our victory so far. Football films are also great examples of proper British film. Whether it’s our witty banter, determination, or our ability to include social realism into all genres (even sports!)- British footie films are […]

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What to expect on the #SetReady course

News | July 6, 2018

Hi! Here at the National Youth Film Academy, we’ve had a busy couple of weeks. We’re going through the process of accepting future participants and making sure they’re ready for the best 10 days of their life! So, you’re probably here because you’ve either been accepted on to the #SetReady course and/or you’re still deciding […]

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Interview with Director, Vaughn Stein (Terminal)

Advice and Guidance, Event | July 5, 2018

Vaughn Stein’s anticipated debut Terminal (2018) took part in the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film has an eclectic mix of dark, gangster-com vibes with a heavy dose of film noir thrown in for good measure. The femme-fatale protagonist, played by the Oscar-winning Margot Robbie, is alongside talented co-stars such as Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, and […]

Interview with Actress, Sophie Kennedy Clark (Obey)

| July 5, 2018

Last week, Sophie Kennedy Clark’s new film Obey (2018) took part in the annual 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film has received rave reviews and had a warm reception at EIFF. Clark plays the beautifully endearing yet slightly head-in-the-clouds, Twiggy. In the film, Twiggy is temporarily squatting to justify her on and off again activist lifestyle. However, […]

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Interview with Graham Gallery – Head of Video on TOWIE and Hollyoaks

Advice and Guidance | July 2, 2018

For those who are unaware, Lime Pictures is a world-class production company. They produce television shows such as Celebs Go Dating, The Only Way Is Essex, Free Rein, and Hollyoaks. Graham happens to be the official Head of Video (Digital) for this prestigious company and using his skills on a variety of these shows. Graham […]

NYFA member employed as runner on a Papa Johns Advert

| June 29, 2018

2018 Easter #SetReady course participant, Josh Beattie, has been employed as a runner by Fresh Cut Creative. Recently, he had the pleasure of working on a Papa Johns Pizza advert… Yum. “I was recently employed as a runner by fresh cut creative thanks to Jenna Shaw and the NYFA Team. It was a fantastic days […]

NYFA Member lands jobs as filmmaking instructor at US summer camp

| June 29, 2018

Meet Brad He joined the National Youth Film Academy this Easter during the #SetReady course. Since then Brad has used his skills to get him a place working as movie making instructor and videographer on a Summer camp… “I got involved with the camp through the agency who guided me through the process of my […]

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What does being a production manager involve?

Advice and Guidance | June 29, 2018

Barbara Masullo is an extremely experienced production manager. She offers the organisation and stability within the production of film and television to keep everything afloat. “I like to describe my job role as the centre of information, it’s the hub of the wheel, all information comes through the hub and gets delegated out, it supports […]

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How to get from being a Runner to being an Assistant Director with Emma from Aardman Animations

Advice and Guidance | June 26, 2018

Meet Emma Emma has dedicatedly worked her way up the ranks at Aardman Animations.  Emma has progressed from being a runner to the role of junior production assistant, then to a floor assistant to the 2nd assistant director. If anyone knows how to progress, work hard and make it in the industry- It’s Emma!  How did your […]

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Life as a Film Stunt Performer

Advice and Guidance | June 25, 2018

Meet Lemuel Meet Lem, he’s a real-life dragonslayer. Well maybe not real-life, but he’s as close as you’ll get. If you need someone to roll around on fire, get thrown out a building or violently fight- he’s your man. Stunt performers put themselves in the most dangerous of positions, all so our belief remains suspended whilst watching action-packed films. […]

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Q&A with Television Developer, Hollie Abbott

Advice and Guidance | June 22, 2018

Meet Hollie Hollie is multi-talented Assistant Producer currently working Development. Hollie is a trusted BFI Network and BAFTA Crew member as well as an avid telly watcher. COULD YOU EXPLAIN YOUR JOB ROLE IN YOUR OWN WORDS? My role is incredibly varied. The main focus is coming up with new and innovative TV programme ideas […]

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NYFA member lands role as Becky film ‘Ip Man 4’

News | June 22, 2018

Grace Englert is a talented actress and #SetReady Course 2017 alumni. Through the agency has landed a number of auditions… But, now, Grace has landed her big break as she has been cast as Becky in the new Ip Man 4 film. Ip Man 4 On 30 September 2016, Yen announced via Facebook that he […]

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20 Film Acting Tips to Make You Set Ready

Advice and Guidance | June 21, 2018

This week at NYFA, we chatted to the married film duo – actor/director Jonathan Harden and actress/writer Bronagh Taggart. They’ve seen what life is like both behind and in front of the camera. They know how to be great actors and how not to piss off the crew. This is valuable stuff! Congrats, you got a […]

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How to get into animation with Oscar & BAFTA nominee Peter Peake

Advice and Guidance | June 19, 2018

Animation is an extremely creative, meticulous, and imaginative part of the film industry. Making an animated feature film can take years to finish. Even making a TV-commercial will average out at around 3-seconds a day. It’s safe to say you need incredible patience and skill to work in this industry. But, anyone who works in […]

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NYFA Audition/Interview low-down: Tips, Etiquette, Do’s & Don’ts

Advice and Guidance, Event | June 19, 2018

This weekend, at various venues across the country, NYFA auditioned/interviewed the next generation of filmmakers. And, it went really well. A lot of attendees were able to network with each other and forge connections for the future. Not only that but those auditioning were able to see what a real-life industry casting would be like. […]

NYFA Reviews: Matt Butler gets work with GetFilm

| June 18, 2018

Meet Matt Butler, he participated in the #SetReady 2018 course. Recently, our talent executive, Jenna Shaw, helped him get some paid work experience with the commercial film company ‘GetFilm’. This week, we caught up with Matt to learn a bit about him and how he found his work day. What is your preferred role in […]

NYFA Review: Lewis Nunn

| June 14, 2018

Meet Lewis Lewis Nunn took part in the 2018 Easter #SetReady course. He’s given some glowing feedback and also has exciting news so we thought we’d share it with you! From theatre to film There’s not much out there that can help theatre actors transition to film acting and gain connections. That’s where NYFA came to […]

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Nick Emerson: Tips for editors

Advice and Guidance | June 12, 2018

Meet Nick, he’s an editor. He’s worked on films such as Lady Macbeth (2016), Starred up (2013), Daphne (2017). But, how did it all begin? I have had a passion for film since I was about 14 years old. I saw the film TAXI DRIVER by Martin Scorsese and was blown away. It was the […]

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Aftercare: Member lands camera trainee title on big feature film ‘Lyrebird’

News | June 11, 2018

NYFA Member, Isabella Gale, lands work experience as a camera trainee on the feature film, Lyrebird. With thanks to our Talent Executive, Jenna Shaw, Isabella has managed to kickstart her career behind the camera.  Lyrebird The anticipated drama, currently in post-production, is being directed by Dan Friedkin. Friedkin has made a name for himself by working on […]

Virtual reality (VR): A tool that future filmmakers should use

| May 30, 2018

This week at the NYFA, we spoke to award-winning mixed reality (MR) extraordinaire, James Marks. He told us all about VR & MR and its place in the film industry. If you’re a tech-geek-film-buff, you’ll already be aware of that VR & MR is causing an immersive stir within film-circles. It’s a regular discussion/event at nearly […]

Q&A with Director of Photography, Joseph McDonald

| May 29, 2018

Meet Joseph After graduating at university, instead of resigning oneself to the usual panic of applying for jobs – Joe decided to make his own. That’s when Joe started up his own film production company alongside his university pal, Anthony Smith. Four years on, he now freelances as a DP as well as still filming […]

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Interview with Ian Beattie from Game of Thrones

Advice and Guidance | May 25, 2018

This week, NYFA had the great pleasure of chatting with Actor, Ian Beattie. Ian is best known for his role as Meryn Trant in the well-loved TV show, Game of Thrones. He has also played Antigonus in Alexander (2004) and Gerry Adams in The Journey (2016) as well as having more exciting roles on the […]

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Advice for becoming a VFX Editor: Michael Cheung

Advice and Guidance | May 25, 2018

Meet Michael Michael, as a computer-whizz, decided to take the ‘sensible route’ and get a degree in Computer Science. However, it was at university, after joining the film society, that he found his true calling. Growing up on the classics (Star Wars, Back to the Future, Jaws, Indiana Jones), Michael was destined for combining his […]

NYFA Easter Course & Aftercare Review: Grace Englert

| May 23, 2018

Meet Grace Grace is an actress and completed the #SetReady Course in the Easter of 2017. She’s remained in close contact with us since and has had a number of auditions. How did you find the course? “I really enjoyed the course and made some really great friends on it. The course itself was madness; […]

NYFA Easter Course & Aftercare Review: Lara Cooper-Chadwick

| May 18, 2018

Meet Lara In the Easter of 2017, Actress, Lara Cooper-Chadwick had the pleasure of doing our #SetReady Course  She is currently studying Drama in London but has been accompanying her studies by acting. She has big plans for the future. How did you find the course? “For me, it was a really great experience. I […]

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How to boost your social media as an Actor/Filmmaker – 8 tips from Endemol Shine UK

Advice and Guidance | May 11, 2018

Meet Elspeth Rae This week NYFA spoke to Elspeth Rae, Endemol’s Senior Events and Production Manager. Endemol Shine UK is a leading producer made up of 20 production companies, the company has created and produced shows such as Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Peaky Blinders and many more. Elspeth came to work at Endemol Shine UK through […]

5 pet hates to avoid when submitting your film into a film festival!

| May 9, 2018

There are many things that can put film festivals off when you submit your film. For example, if your film is bad – that’s definitely not a good start. But, if you’re certain you’ve got a gem of a film and you want to avoid pissing off the people who have the ability to give it the […]

What does Bristol have to offer Film & TV?

| May 4, 2018

Film & Television production in Bristol This week at the National Youth Film Academy, we’re looking at the South-West to investigate its contribution to film and TV.  In particular, Bristol has caught our attention. It’s pretty much the capital for media production in the South-West. So, if you’re Bristol-based and interested in film & television production, […]

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Q&A with a Nickelodeon Associate Producer

Advice and Guidance | May 4, 2018

Meet Matt Meet Matthew Palmer. Ex-snowboarding instructor, Associate Producer at Nickelodeon. “Hi, I’m Matt. I’m a promo-producer. I make the adverts and branding for channels at Nickelodeon.” How did you get into working in TV? “I got into TV when I was 19, I was a snowboarding instructor, I was back in the UK for […]

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Remakes: Is it worth remaking a film?

Advice and Guidance, News | April 29, 2018

With help from our lovely Instagram followers (who answered a rigorous series of polls), NYFA has been investigating whether it’s a good idea to make a remake. I mean, we all know it’s edgy to say we like the original. But, are there remakes out there that are actually way better than the original? Let’s […]

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Yorkshire on film: The new Holllywood?

News | April 27, 2018

In the last articles on ‘Yorkshire on Film’ we looked at talent and locations. Today, we’re looking at Yorkshire as a whole to figure out why it has become such a fast-growing region for film and TV. Back in the day, most film and tv production took place in none other than Tinseltown, USA. But lately, […]

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Yorkshire on film: Home to great filmmakers and actors

Advice and Guidance, News | April 25, 2018

Yorkshire may not be on the top of your list when you think of places related to the film industry. But, you’ll be surprised to find out that Yorkshire is the home to more and more large-scale productions and talent. Don’t believe me? Have read of this. Home to filmmakers In the Oscars last year […]

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Yorkshire on film: 5 famous filming spots

News | April 25, 2018

Yorkshire is on its way to becoming one of the most popular locations for filming in the UK. Whether it’s the quaint villages, cobblestone streets or its ability to cater for more urban landscapes – Yorkshire is camera-ready. 1. Malham Cove – Harry Potter A favourite for Geography field trips, Malham Cove, has also had […]

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5 Amazing Actors from the North-West!

News | April 20, 2018

This week at the National Youth Film Academy we’re all about the North-West. We want to find the creme de la crop of actors and filmmakers coming from this region. So, we thought we’d use some big names to inspire you. If you think you could be the next big thing- click apply and sign up for […]

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Gareth Edwards: “Filmmaking is an achievable goal”

Advice and Guidance | April 18, 2018

As someone who wants to get into film, imagine sitting back and listening to a well-known and respected director tell you his backstory. Well, that’s exactly what this year introductory course participants got to do.  Furiously scribbling notes, course participants eagerly hung onto every word Gareth Edwards said. And, I’m not surprised, he was dishing […]

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It’s the end of the introductory course, but the start of your journey into film

Event, News | April 18, 2018

First of all, everyone here at the NYFA wants to give a big welcome to all of our new members! Well done on completing the introductory course! The talent this year was truly phenomenal, and we’re really excited to start working with you on building your career in film. Now, to give everybody else a […]

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John Connors Interview: Advice for breaking into film

Advice and Guidance, News | April 10, 2018

This year, John Connors won Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. Connors claims, if you’re breaking into film, it needs to come from a place of passion. In his case, this passion doesn’t come from the usual need to be rich or famous. Instead, he wants […]

Rob Earnshaw: What does it mean to be a NYFA Member?

| April 4, 2018

Rob Earnshaw’s Talk at The Introductory Course at the NYFA It’s the first day of the National Youth Film Academy Introductory Course. Rob Earnshaw, director and founder of NYFA, is giving a talk to all the future filmmakers in the room about how it all started and what being a NYFA member means to him. […]

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The British Film Industry- Blooming, Booming and Breaking investment record

News | April 2, 2018

The British Film Industry is on the rise!  Breaking into the film industry can seem daunting, especially from a graduate’s position. But, in contrast to the doom and gloom you’re probably used to by now, here’s some bloom and boom. In light of a recent Guardian article, we can now safely bring you the facts […]

School Reviews: The Lakes College in Cumbria

| March 9, 2018

The National Youth Film Academy has been inspiring the next generation of actors and filmmakers in the Lake District. Yvette Embleton, Educational Outreach Officer for the organisation, visited The Lakes College in Workington earlier this week for a workshop on breaking into the film industry after education. The session was attended by over 50 art, […]

Ross lands role at LIPSYNC

| February 19, 2018

A jobs hub member has landed a job at one of the UK’s top post production companies. Ross Walker saw the advert for the role of Runner at LIPSYNC in London on the National Youth Film Academy jobs hub. He was shortlisted by a member of our Talent Team and recommended to the Soho-based company […]

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New Year jobs rush for hub members

News | January 4, 2018

The National Youth Film Academy has started the New Year with yet more job success. Two members of the hub have recently secured paid positions in the Film industry through the NYFA jobs platform. Oscar Faina has secured a permanent role with the award-winning advertising agency Space City. Oscar joins the team as an Edit […]

Young actor off on UK tour

| December 13, 2017

Congratulations to actor Jamie Carter who has just landed a top role in a UK education tour! Jamie, who is taking part in the National Youth Film Academy Introductory Course in April, is being represented by the NYFA’s feeder agency. The purpose of the agency is to help young actors build up their first professional […]

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Pair secure top internships at London production company!

News | November 23, 2017

Pair secure top internships at London production company! The National Youth Film Academy jobs hub has had its first job success. Our congratulations to Sophie Cooper and Katherine Hart who have secured internships at a top London production company. Sophie started in the role this week and Katherine will take up the opportunity in the […]

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Three Ways To Keep Your Film Costs Down

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Three Ways To Keep Your Film Costs Down Making your first film can be a very exciting time. Whether you are just aiming for a few minutes of footage or a full-scale production, there are lots of things to consider. From locations to lighting, casting to catering, budgets and beyond – the world of film […]

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The Film Industry: Simple Ways To Stay Up To Date

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

The film industry is constantly shifting and changing, with new releases and developments every week. Knowing some of the latest developments, deals, and trends isn’t simply for bragging value. It can help you to strengthen your knowledge of film as both an art and a business. By knowing some of the major names and distributors […]

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Film Journalling: What It Is and Why You Should Do It

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Film Journalling: What It Is and Why You Should Do It Keeping a diary was once a very popular pastime. ‘Journalling’, as it is now commonly called, has been growing in popularity and has a more trend-led, self-reflective approach. Keeping gratitude journals, bullet journals, and other forms of journal are intended to give our lives […]

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How to Handle Rejection in 5 Easy Steps

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

How to Handle Rejection in 5 Easy Steps Rejection is hard. Whether in our personal or professional life, it can feel like a blow to be told we are not right for something or we didn’t make the cut. It might be for an audition if we are an actor. It might be for a […]

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Health Tips For Actors

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Health Tips For Actors As a performer, the health of your body and voice is essential. In the same way that a musician must care for their instrument, or a craftsman must care for their tools, a performer must care for their body. The acting industry is often under scrutiny for promoting unrealistic or unhealthy […]

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How To Be A Team Player On Set

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

How To Be A Team Player On Set The film-making world may reward individuality, but the industry requires a lot of teamwork. Teamwork used to be a buzzword that was thrown around offices and other places of work without any real meaning, but in recent years, people have started to decode it. Working well within […]

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How To Find Acting Talent For Your Film: Part 2

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

How To Find Acting Talent For Your Film: Part 2 Welcome to the second instalment on how to find acting talent for your film. Actors can quickly lift your film from good to great. In part one, we discussed the importance of good performances. They immediately help a film to look professional and compelling. They […]

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How To Find Acting Talent For Your Film: Part 1

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

How To Find Acting Talent For Your Film: Part 1 Acting performances can make or break a film. This is true from the smallest micro-budget short film right through to a lavish Hollywood blockbuster. A great performance can be what gets you and your film noticed – as well as boosting the actor’s career too. […]

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Great Ways To Get Publicity For Your Film

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Great Ways To Get Publicity For Your Film If you’ve completed a short film or film-making project, the next step is to share it with the world! There are more options than ever when it comes to sharing films online. There are also festivals and competition opportunities that are not to be missed. But before […]

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Details That Instantly Increase The Production Values Of Your Film

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

The production values of a film simply means how expensive or professional it looks. Those two things often go hand in hand. But a film doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive! There are a few well-known tips and tricks that can instantly make your film look more pricey and professional. Read on to […]

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Film Festivals: Easy Step For A Strong Application

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Film Festivals: Easy Step For A Strong Application Film festivals are undoubtedly an exciting, glamorous aspect of film-making. But preparation for them can be hard, gruelling work. Ensuring that your work is as good as it can be, that you have met all necessary requirements, and left yourself enough time, are all key to a […]

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5 Quick Steps For Dealing With Audition Nerves

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

5 Quick Steps For Dealing With Audition Nerves An audition is an exciting opportunity, but it is normal to feel nervous. Nerves can range from a few butterflies in the stomach right through to a total “mind blank”. But nerves can be a good sign. They show that something matters to you and that you […]

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Why You Should Totally Consider Making Documentaries

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Why You Should Totally Consider Making Documentaries For aspiring filmmakers, the documentary format is often overlooked. The perception of the glitz and glamour of the blockbuster might be tempting. Or perhaps you have a passion for the softly spoken indie dramas that reveal complex relationships and emotions. But the documentary film can be an unexplored […]

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Actors: The Ultimate Audition Kit

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Actors: The Ultimate Audition Kit Auditions can be one of the most exciting but stressful aspects of an actor’s career. It can be easy to become flustered or forgetful on the day, especially if there is travel involved. It is the last day on which you want to feel you are carrying unnecessary weight, but […]

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Funding For Filmmakers: Attracting Investors

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Funding For Filmmakers: Attracting Investors If you have a budget in mind for your film, the next step is probably raising the funds. Keeping a positive attitude can really help at this stage. It is easy to become discouraged when faced with a large amount of money to raise. But if you work methodically and […]

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Actors: Working For Free – What You Need To Consider

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Actors: Working For Free – What You Need To Consider There are many times when people in creative professions might have to work for free. It is most likely to be at the start of their careers when they are still establishing themselves. But there can also be other reasons, such as wanting to help […]

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Writing Hacks For Filmmakers

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Writing Hacks For Filmmakers Relying upon a professional screenwriter can make everything easier on a shoot. There are many sayings that claim a film can only ever be as good as its script. But in the early stages of your filmmaking career, an experienced writer can be difficult or expensive to come by. There are […]

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Funding For Filmmakers: A Quick Introduction

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

Funding For Filmmakers: A Quick Introduction Gathering the funds needed for your film can be a tricky subject. With such a variety of advice and options available, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. When it comes to funding (and filmmaking in general), the key is to think methodically. Make lists, write down contacts, and […]

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How To Take A Great Headshot: Actors

Advice and Guidance | November 2, 2017

How To Take A Great Headshot: Actors A headshot can be an actor’s greatest asset. Until you have built up an acting CV or showreel that you feel demonstrates your range and abilities, photographs are all employers will have to go on. The old phrase goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. With […]

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5 Creative Ideas For Social Media Posts For Filmmakers

News | November 1, 2017

You have set up your social media accounts and have started to gain likes, followers, friends, and more. But there’s just one problem. You don’t know what to say! But don’t panic. While quality over quantity is usually a wise mantra, if you’re promoting your film then regular posts are a good idea. They keep […]

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Why Is Social Media A Great Tool For Young Filmmakers?

Event | November 1, 2017

Social media platforms have seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Terms that were once new and novel have worked their way into everyday conversation. “Hashtags”, “likes”, and the notorious “selfie” all have a committed following. At its worst, we might associate social media with being shallow or even narcissistic, but in the world […]

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The 2 Essential Questions To Ask Yourself If You Want To Become A Film Student

News | October 30, 2017

Becoming a film student can mean different things for different people. For a start, you will need to decide whether you are studying existing films or learning how to make them. You may also wonder whether it will be formal or informal because both have value. It is important to clarify your own goals and […]

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