WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME A MEMBER?
ACTORS & FILMMAKERS
Does this sound familiar?
You have the right drive, ambition & talent to work in film but struggle to find good advice on where you can start to build your career on your talent
You take your craft really seriously and struggle to find other like-minded and talented individuals whom you can collaborate with
You've worked on many projects and struggle to get them seen by the right people who can make a real difference to your career in Film
You already know how difficult it can be to find quality advice & support
What inspires us to do what we do
We are frustrated by the old ways talent is supported in the film industry.
The old system of being able to get into the film industry is archaic and provides new talent with huge barriers to overcome to be able to just 'get a foot in the door'.
New talent is often discovered through the 'who you know' culture...
We have world-class training courses but they fail to bring actors and filmmaker together and many don't provide valuable showcase opportunities...
Training programs do not teach students where to find employment and who they should be contacting for jobs and;
The system promotes a narrative of 'you will fail' / 'There are no jobs in Film' mentality.
"We are the Future of Film"
BECOME A MEMBER
Great things Happen
Membership to the National Youth Film Academy is based on a fundamental belief that if you bring talent together, great things will happen.
Our members have gone on to star in and work behind the scenes of major productions such as Amazon Prime’s ‘Jack Ryan’, Guy Ritchie’s ‘Gentlemen’ and ‘Men in Black’.
We believe that our membership allows aspiring actors and filmmakers to make the valuable connections required to progress in their careers, as well as give them the necessary experience and skills to find employment and succeed in the film industry.
Because of NYFA, I have worked on Men in Black. The people I met I will know and work with for life, and I am grateful to the National Youth Film Academy for giving me the opportunity. - SHYAN ALL, NYFA MEMBER
If you are successful and passed an interview process and application. You will have been recognized as a quality prospect in film.
As a Member, you will receive a letter of recommendation so that you can use for applying for employment or training opportunities.
In addition, you will receive your very own personalized NYFA business cards to use with pride when networking in the film industry.
"The National Youth Film Academy gives young talent a shot. It's a genuine chance for these young people to stand out" - HENRY BARNES, REPORTER - GUARDIAN
Your Film Community
You will meet with like-minded members who share the same drive and passion as you.
You will have access to a range of exclusive membership online and offline networking events. In addition, you will be able to apply for our Approved Member Career program which will open up doors for you to be able to collaborate on films and showcasing opportunities.
"Fortune favors the brave, the National Youth Film Academy gives young people the chance to be able to take risks" - GARETH EDWARDS, DIRECTOR - STARWARS A ROUGE STORY
You will be provided with the tools, skills, and support you need to further your career in film. Members have access to exclusive industry seminars, masterclasses & industry mentors.
Our team of Talent Managers are also on hand to provide you with 1-2-1 career support and advice when you most need it.
Here at the National Youth Film Academy, we believe that great achievements deserve to be honored.
"I think what you're doing is fantastic!" - TILDA SWINTON, ACTOR & OSCAR WINNER
WHAT WE DO
Our Member Service
Access a wealth of seminars, courses, and fun events like our ‘Film Talks’ where you have the chance to question industry-leading figures.
Meet like-minded individuals and develop lasting connections at our online and physical networking events.
Member career support. Our FilmCoach program allows members to set their own career vision & goals, supported by the community and NYFA talent Managers
"Fortune favours the brave, take a risk when you have nothing to loose -
GARETH EDWARDS, DIRECTOR, STARTWARS SPEAKING AT OUR SETREADY PROGRAMME
WHAT WE DO
Our Member Programs
Collaborate with other members and learn the skills needed to write, shoot, and produce your own short film.
Each year, successful Set Ready program graduates are invited to create their own short film which is then screened at Odeon cinemas across the UK.
Our members who demonstrate the most exceptional talent are given the opportunity to showcase their skills to the industry’s top professionals.
WHAT WE DO
Our Membership Levels
As you successfully complete different stages of the Membership, you will receive an upgraded Membership Card so you can showcase your ability with pride.
Members who have passed our SetReady programme receive a blue card and become an Approved Member
Members who demonstrate exceptional talent receive a gold card & are given the opportunity to showcase their skills to the industry’s top professionals.
Every Member receives a white card as standard once you have passed our selection process.
"The best way for talent to enter the film industry" - MATT SMITH, HEAD OF DISTRIBUTION, LIONSGATE
The National Youth Film Academy
Join a community of passionate and driven young film makers and actors.
As one of the largest networks of young film talent, you’ll find a strong, nurturing and collaborative community.
We don’t rely on government funding. This means we are able to act only in the best interest of our members.
Bursaries and financial help can be made available to talented and driven individuals who may otherwise struggle with fees.
You can spread the cost of memberships and programmes by paying over 1 - 12 months.
Our members have the chance to network with industry leading professionals and have gone on to work on some major film projects.
We focus on building confidence and the skills to support you in any career, not just one within the film industry.
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We are an industry lead organisation. Working on behalf of our Members we ensure that we develop our programs to the benefit of the film industry.
We are incredibly grateful to our Industry board who support our Members and help shape the strategic direction of the National Youth Film Academy.
Industry Board Members
Kate Staddon, Agent - Curtis Brown
Matt Smith, Head of Distribution - Lionsgate Films
Saul Gittens, Cinematographer ProCam Take 2
Simon Bird, Actor - Inbetweeners
Biannca Searle, Senior Sales Manager - Odeon
Sue Jones, Casting Director
Bill Petrie, Agent - BWH Agency
Jack Tarling, Producer - Shudder Films
Susi Figgis, Casting Director - Harry Potter
John Brennan, CEO - ProCam Take 2
Phil Meheux, Cinematographer - Casino Royale
Rebekah Smith film - The festival doctor
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Not sure if Membership is Right for you?
The National Youth Film Academy Membership is exclusively for young Actors and Filmmakers who want to work professionally in film. We recognise that the Membership may not be right for everyone and would rather ensure that those who apply are serious about a career in film.
WHO THE ACADEMY IS FOR
✓ Acting and Filmmaking Talent that already has a passion to work in film and want to build on their skills to further their knowledge and build their network.
✓ Driven and passionate people who love to help and support others as well as achieving their own career ambitions.
✓ People who continually want to learn and improve their skills and take their knowledge of the industry to the next level.
✓ Talent that has no experience but are looking to enter the industry and are willing to put the time and energy into making their ambition a reality
✓ Action takers who aren’t just going to watch some training videos and never implement. We provide training and resources, but you still need to do the work!
WHO THE ACADEMY IS NOT FOR
✖ People looking for a 'get famous quick' solution - if you think our membership is going to make you famous or successful overnight, we’re not the right choice for you!
✖ Unsupportive people - If you are someone who doesn't enjoy collaborating and working with other people, this isn't the fit for you. We focus heavily on community support and the power of our network.
✖ Anyone looking for a quick fix or not willing to dedicate time to their career. Film Careers take time and effort to start and manage.
✖ Someone who is looking for instant jobs. We’re not a recruitment agency.
✖ People expecting guaranteed results - we have helped many young people have a career in film, but we can’t guarantee you success from being part of our academy and no company should ever make that promise!