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The British Academy’s annual outstanding British contribution to cinema award will this year go to the U.K.’s National Film and Television School, BAFTA unveiled Friday.
The honor, previously given to directors including Mike Leigh and Ridley Scott and production banners such as Working Title Films and BBC Films, will be presented at the BAFTA awards ceremony in London on Feb. 18.
“The NFTS provides a fantastic training ground for the next generation of creative talent — each year many of BAFTA’s talented scholarship recipients receive their training at the school, and an overwhelming number of its students and alumni go on to become BAFTA winners and household names,” said Marc Sumuelson, chair of BAFTA’s film committee. “The NFTS is a truly integral part of our industry and is hugely deserving of this award.”
Added NFTS director Jonathan Wardle: “For almost five decades the NFTS has trained and educated people who go on to power British cinema. Our graduates have been responsible for some of British film and television’s greatest moments in recent years.”
The NFTS‘ alumni includes the likes of Nick Park, Roger Deakins, David Yates, Sarah Gavron and Lynne Ramsay.
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