Eleven students join global community of BAFTA Scholars.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the names of eight British and three Chinese students who will receive BAFTA scholarships this year to study film, games and television courses in the UK. In addition to financial aid, the BAFTA Scholars will gain free access to BAFTA events and receive one-to-one mentoring from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees.

The scholarships support talented individuals in financial need, and aim to encourage cross-cultural collaboration. The eleven students join three BAFTA Scholars from both countries who BAFTA is supporting for a second year, as well as 20 others from around the world who will study in the US awarded through BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York, as previously announced in July.

The new scholarship recipients will be welcomed at a reception at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, on Monday 17 September, attended by key industry figures and supporters.

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is made possible by the generous support of a number of individuals, foundations and partnerships. For a fifth year, three of the British students will receive the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., which are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. For the first time this year the Reuben Foundation and Tinopolis are also named supporters of the programme.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said:

“Over the years we have seen the BAFTA Scholarships programme evolve into a truly global initiative. Becoming a BAFTA scholar offers incredible opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration as well as giving this talented group of people every possible chance to succeed in the film, games and television industries.”

Speaking about the Prince William Scholarships, Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said:

“For several years now, Warner Bros. has been proud to partner with BAFTA in this important scholarship programme, giving students the financial support, mentoring and access they need to pursue their passion, and we’ve seen some remarkable achievements from our talented alumni, many of whom now work regularly on major feature films, TV shows and in games development, or have won awards for their own creative content. I am very proud that through our own Warner Bros. Creative Talent programme, of which these scholarships are part, we are providing support and practical opportunities for the next generation of talent in our company and the industry as a whole.”

Richard Stone, Trustee of the Reuben Foundation said of the new BAFTA Reuben Scholarships:

“We are delighted to expand the Reuben Foundation’s already established scholarship programme into the worlds of film, television and gaming and are proud to be able to award these talented young people scholarships in order to help them build their careers”.

Tinopolis Chief Executive, Arwel Rees, said:

“We are incredibly proud to team up with BAFTA to nurture a diverse range of talent and people who may otherwise not be able to succeed in this competitive industry, where the financial and mentoring support offered by this scheme can make all the difference. We’re delighted to welcome Jon Hague as our first BAFTA Tinopolis Scholar.”

2018 BAFTA Scholars from the UK:

British Scholars

  • Gagandeep Kalirai: MA Directing Animation at the National Film and Television School

Prince William Scholarship in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros

  • Alesha Ledeatte-Williams: Advanced Certificate in Make-Up and Hair Artistry at The Iver Make-Up Academy
  • Jamie Brannan: MProf in Computer Games Development at Abertay University
  • Leo LeBeau: MA Directing and Producing Television Entertainment at the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

BAFTA Reuben Scholarship

  • Rory McCutcheon: MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games at Leeds Beckett University
  • Xsara Helmi: MA in TV Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Georgia Gable: Advanced Certificate in Make-Up and Hair Artistry at The Iver Make-Up Academy

BAFTA Tinopolis Scholarship

  • Jon Hague: MA Screenwriting at the London College of Communication, UAL

2018 BAFTA Scholars from China

  • Sze Ying Chan: MComp in Composition for Screen at The Royal College of Music
  • Tashi Gelek Jenne: MA in Documentary at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Xu He: MA in Games Design and Development at the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

In the US, 20 students have been awarded scholarships, nine students were selected to study in New York institutions through the BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program, while 11 students were awarded scholarships through BAFTA Los Angeles, to support their studies at film schools in the U.S. The students originate from the UK, the US, Ghana, Peru and Iran, with special scholarships targeting underrepresented groups and communities. For the 2018 BAFTA Scholars in the US, go to:

About BAFTA:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit www.bafta.org/guru

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About BAFTA in Asia: Since 2013, BAFTA has worked with partners in mainland China and Hong Kong to deliver masterclasses and international scholarships and engaging world-renowned, award-winning filmmakers, actors and craftspeople to take part, including Johnnie To, Zhang Yimou, Duncan Kenworthy, Eddie Redmayne, Naomi Donne, Lindy Hemming and Lois Burwell. Through such events and initiatives, BAFTA promotes a spirit of open, creative collaboration between the UK and China and encourages cross-cultural exchange.

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