The Vertigo School Project (VSP) will give three teams of students or graduates of the NFTS the opportunity to make micro budget feature films with a budget of $185,000 (£100,000).
Vertigo and the NFTS will consider live action, animation and documentary submissions from students or graduates and select three proposals. The successful projects will go through three months of further development in spring 2009. The first project will go into production in spring/ summer 2009.
MD and producer for Vertigo Films Allan Niblo said 'This is a unique and exciting opportunity to launch the careers of graduate filmmakers in a way that Vertigo have done with similar low budget films such as London to Brighton or In Search of a Midnight Kiss.'
The project aims to launch the careers of new NFTS talent. Previous successes include Harry Potter director David Yates, BAFTA-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men) and Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane). The project will be officially launched on Sept 25 at the NFTS New Cinema.
Nik Powell, director of the NTFS added 'NFTS alumni are phenomenally successful - in film alone their work has contributed to features that collectively took over $1billion box office in the last year as well as seeing 4 Oscar nominations for NFTS graduates this year. We hope the Vertigo School Project will prove to be yet another opportunity to bring exciting new talent to our screens.'