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Chichester alumna given major accolades by National Film and Television School

Emma Clarke

High-flying filmmaker Emma Clarke has paid tribute to the University of Chichester after winning two major accolades from the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

The 24-year-old, an alumna of the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies, was a double prize winner at the famed NFTS graduate showcase. The former Chichester student was given best overall award from production company Sargent Disc as well as an accolade from the Institute of Occupation Health and Safety after completing the NFTS’s diploma in Production Management.

Emma, who undertook the BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting, thanked her Chichester tutors (below) for encouraging her passion for filmmaking. She added: “Winning the award makes me feel incredibly proud and very grateful to Chichester for the help through my degree and onto the NFTS.

“Without having studied at Chichester I wouldn’t have had the skills or confidence to apply for the NFTS. Since graduating from Chichester I’ve kept in close contact with the University, with regular visits and guest lectures, and I really appreciate that relationship.”

Emma’s degree at Chichester, the BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting, is among a number of courses offered by the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies which prepares graduates for a career in screen-based creative industries. From this September all courses will be based at the University’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park, which will build on the Department’s growing international reputation in film, 3D animation and VFX.

Emma Clarke with Darren Mapletoft (left) and Mike Holley (right)

The NFTS showcase, which is held each year, celebrates the work of its graduating students. As recipient of best overall award, Emma was also given a licence to use specialist production software for future projects.

She also received the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health award, a joint accolade with fellow student Sabina Smitham, for work on fiction Dead Birds. Emma’s award-winning work was also showcased at the ceremony, at Picturehouse Central in London, to industry professionals.

To find out more about the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies at the University of Chichester go to For more from Emma Clarke about her course in BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting go to

Photo caption: Emma Clarke with Programme Co-ordinator Darren Mapletoft (left) and Head of Department Michael Holley (right).