BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has opened applications to their wonderful BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which assists talented UK nationals in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in film, television or games in the UK. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are open now at http://bit.ly/BAFTAScholarships, with a deadline of Friday 12th June.

Previous BAFTA Scholarship recipients include director Daisy Jacobs, who this year won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for her short animation The Bigger Picture, which was her graduation project at the National Film and Television School. The BAFTA scholarship enabled Daisy to take the final year of her course, she had this to say:

“I couldn’t have made The Bigger Picture without the BAFTA scholarship. It’s as simple as that.”

Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £10,000 towards their course fees for a year, mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. In return, the scholarship recipients share their learning experiences on BAFTA Guru (www.bafta.org/guru), BAFTA’s online learning resource, and participate in BAFTA outreach to young people.

For a third year, three students will each receive one of the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. These scholarships are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. The recipients will have their fees funded by Warner Bros. and will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a WB mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses.

Sara Putt, Chair of BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee, added:

“We believe that talented individuals, whatever their background, should have the opportunity to succeed in our industries. That is why, in addition to offering financial support, BAFTA provides free access to our industry events, and one-to-one mentoring from some of the leading figures in film, television and games. Daisy Jacobs’ success at this year’s BAFTAs and Oscars demonstrates just how important it is to ensure that promising talent isn’t allowed to slip through the net, whether directors, actors or below-the-line craftspeople.”

Did you also know, that The Bigger Picture, directed and written by BAFTA scholarship recipient Daisy Jacobs, was named best British Short Animation at the EE British Academy Film Awards, and was nominated in the Short Film (Animated) category at the Oscars. Not bad, get involved:

Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are open now at http://bit.ly/BAFTAScholarships, with a deadline of Friday 12th June.