Awards & Training

Christie awards most promising student for 12th year

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:43

Andrew Oldbury and Cindy Symons


Christie is in its twelfth year of supporting the National Film and Theatre School (NFTS), widely recognised as the best film school in the world. The long partnership includes sponsoring the NFTS Graduate Awards; this year the Christie Award for Most Promising Student went to Producing MA graduate, Andrew Oldbury, who was presented with a Christie Captiva laser phosphor projector.

Beginning his career working in development on the BBC medical drama Holby City, over the past three years Andrew has produced several award-winning short films which have collectively been shown at over 160 film festivals. He is fascinated by how technological advances affect storytelling, particularly virtual reality and augmented reality.

“Andrew has already made his mark in the industry and we are delighted to have been able to be part of his journey. To support this level of talent is one of the privileges of our association with the NFTS. Andrew’s exploration of virtual reality and interest in using technology is something Christie is very involved in and we hope to see more of his next achievements,” commented Adil Zerouali, Director of Cinema Europe for Christie.

Speaking immediately after the awards presentation, Andrew revealed, “Winning this award is a lovely surprise and honour as I didn’t know I was nominated and did not expect it at all! It’s a great way to end my two years here. With VR, I didn’t want to just pick something safe but take technologies and opportunities the school has to offer. I’m grateful to parties like Christie and partners so we can work with people who lead in the industry.”

Chris Auty, NFTS Head of Producing praised Oldbury warmly, saying: “During his time at NFTS, Andrew has been known for his generosity, persistence and willingness to reach out beyond his area doing stellar work across live fiction as well as projects outside his comfort zone including games and television entertainment. He is certainly a well deserving recipient of this fantastic award from Christie and we wish him success for his future endeavours!”

This year the NFTS has once again enjoyed further success with student films scooping prestigious international film and television awards. NFTS student films have been nominated for an Oscar three times in the last six years. Additionally, in 2017 NFTS student animation film A Love Story won the British Short Animation category, the fourth year in a row NFTS graduation films have won this accolade and the second consecutive year two NFTS student films have competed in the same category.

The NFTS Production Sound and Production Management Diploma courses are considered among the best in the world. Many have been developed in liaison with industry partners such as Christie. Christie’s sponsorship includes an annual scholarship to a student, enabling that student to complete a full-time, two-year MA. Christie’s support of the NFTS over the past decade has been important for both parties, and included the introduction of Christie digital cinema technology in 2004 helping the institution move further towards establishing an all-digital format.