BAFTA/Jamie SimondsOur international scholarships programmes are part of our charitable activity to support talented people who need financial assistance to continue their studies.
Matilda Ibini, from Hackney in London applied to the BAFTA scholarships programme in 2014 and has now landed a TV development deal with Wall-to-Wall Pictures to develop an original comedy-drama TV series.
Matilda won one of three Prince William Scholarships to study an MA Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting) at City University in Londonhad the once in a lifetime opportunity to be mentored by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jack Thorne (This Is England, The Fades). Throughout 2014/15 Jack Thorne provided Matilda with feedback on her work and introduced her to industry contacts as well as offering advice and guidance about writing for the screen.
Since graduating she was awarded the Alfred Fagon Audience Award for the national tour of her play, Muscavado, she has signed with an agent at Independent Talent and is currently Artist in Residence with the Graeae Theatre as well as being chosen for Channel 4's Commissioning Mentor Network.
“It feels incredible to have been awarded a scholarship from such a prestigious organisation as BAFTA … I feel that I have been fortunate enough to be given the time to write the stories I want to tell. This time is invaluable and I will be sure to make the most of it. I have faced many barriers in my life and being awarded this scholarship has meant funding won’t become one of them. It has made me think that dreams are never too big and being supported by BAFTA, and Warner Bros., means I can dream even bigger."