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Youth Board

18 January 2012
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The full list of BAFTA Youth Board members 2014.

The BAFTA Youth Board was created to inform policy around the needs of today’s career-starters in the Film, Television and Games industries. Its members meet to discuss BAFTA’s Learning & Events programme, Communications and Awards Ceremonies and their relevance for young people in today’s competitive jobs market. They serve a term of one year and meet three times a year, feeding their thoughts and suggestions into BAFTA’s Board and Committees.

BAFTA Youth Board members for 2014:

Cherish Shirley – Edinburgh TV Festival

Cherish Shirley is an Oxford University English graduate. In 2012 she was selected as a delegate on the GEITF talent scheme The Network. She gained work experience with Kudos and Shed Productions before securing her first TV job as a writer's assistant to Gary Janetti (Family Guy, Will and Grace) on ITV sitcom Vicious. She then went on to co-create and co-write a sitcom pilot with Brown Eyed Boy Productions. She is currently working as a development intern at Big Talk Productions. When Cherish is not working in development, she is writing scripts for stage and screen.


Arzu Dora – BFI Film Academy

Arzu Dora recently completed a BTEC Extended Diploma Media course at Leyton Sixth Form College achieving a Distinction and being honoured with various awards, including, Best Editor and the Outstanding Student Award. She was a participant of the BFI Film Academy documentary residential, where she took the role as editor for the hard hitting short ‘Separated’ which documented the effects of gang violence in London. Her other work experience includes, a role as a runner at the National Film and Television School and as a festival assistant for the Walthamstow International Film Festival.

Arzu would like to pursue a career as a film editor and as of September 2014, and will be attending Greenwich University to study film and television production.


Aleks Loesch – Children’s Media Conference

Aleks recently completed his degree in Archaeology; however he has found his true passion in working in film and media education. Whilst at university, he volunteered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Film Unit Cinema, where he won a national award for use of film in the community.

Aleks has been volunteering in BFI Education department on various projects, culminating in coordinating the 7th BFI Future Film Festival in February 2014 and redeveloping their strand of monthly educational events for 15-23yr olds. Most recently he volunteered as office runner to help deliver the 11th Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, and is planning to pursue postgraduate research into media production and policy in conflict zones.


Claire Burdfield – Children’s Media Conference

During her undergraduate degree Claire was a member of the Film Making Society committee, and independently worked as a producer on a number of short (underwater) films with her Scuba Diving club. At this time she also worked on a project for 20th Century Fox as a data analyst, looking at the viability of exporting programming overseas. She is now working at the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield, having started out as a Sponsorship Assistant and later becoming the Volunteer Manager. Her access to the new developments in the world of children's media has supported her PhD in Culture, Film and Media, at the University of Nottingham, where she is developing her thesis in Children’s Cartoon Programming. As part of Claire’s PhD she has taught on a number of undergraduate modules, including content on Film, Television and Games.

Claire has also developed Create and Animate, a series of stop-motion animation workshops aimed at primary and secondary school aged children, which has been hugely successful.


Chloe Bingham – 4Talent

Chloe is currently working as an apprentice for the 4Talent team at Channel 4, where she travels across the UK to deliver days that give young people the advice they need to kick-start their career in the media industry. Chloe is also a Young Reporter for the charity, Into Film; which involves attending premieres and press junkets and interviewing the talent.

Chloe is very passionate about inspiring young people/ allowing them to voice their opinions and spent two years as an Islington Youth Councillor where she ran a campaign on Youth Unemployment.
Last year Chloe completed a regional BFI film academy where she was part of team that made a short 3D romance film.

In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and has won two national short story competitions. Her future aspirations are to be a writer/director and she is currently in the process of writing her first script.


Megan Rice – Ukie

Megan is a Game Art graduate from the midlands who has had a passion for games from an early age. She is currently working at Bossa Studios as an office manager, hoping to remain in the games industry, possible working in business development or as a Producer.

In her spare time, Megan has been an Army Cadet, drama student and coach, a peer mentor and council member.


Bren Sritharan

Bren is a freelance film journalist for publications such as movieScope and IdeasMag, where he has written reviews, round-ups and interviewed industry figures such as David Harewood, Denis Villeneuves and Morgan Spurlock. He also has hands-on experience within the British film industry, working in production on a number of features, television shows and shorts. Bren co-founded a London-based writers’ group for emerging writers to share material and receive feedback and has co-written a short film with novelist Nikesh Shukla that was screened at the Southbank Centre. He is currently developing a short screenplay, which he is hoping to also direct.


Mawusime Blewuada – BAFTA Scholar

Mawusime Blewuada

Mawusime is currently studying for a MA in 3D Computer Animation at the NCCA at Bournemouth University and is working on her final masters’ project. Mawusime’s first degree was a BSc in Computer Science with Image and Multimedia Systems in 2005, later, working in the visual effects industry for 5 years.

Upon completing her MA at BU, Mawusime plans to return to work as a 3D artist, although she is especially keen to work in animation, rigging and scripting.


Aaron Diebelius – BAFTA Scholar

Aaron Diebelius

Aaron is a 23 year old Screenwriter from Colchester, Essex, who has had a keen interest in film and writing from a very young age. Whilst completing his degree in Video Production, Aaron soon realised he wanted to pursue a career in screenwriting, and applied for a screenwriting course at the London Film School, for which he was the recipient of the BAFTA scholarship to support his studies.

Having now graduated, Aaron is in the process of fine tuning his feature film with the support of mentor Hilary Bevan Jones. His work experience includes time at Oxyfire Media and RSA Films.


Rhiannon Evans – BAFTA Scholar

Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon Evans is an animator and filmmaker from Caerphilly, South Wales. She studied for a Foundation degree in Art and Design at GCADT in Pontypridd whilst working part time in a cinema to feed her lifelong love of film. In 2006 she began a BA(Hons) in Animation at the International Film School Wales in Newport. Her first short, the 35 second long Into The Inkwell, was Rhiannonʼs introduction to stop motion. She continued with the technique to create her graduation film Heartstrings which to date has won 14 awards worldwide and was nominated for a 2010 British Animation Award.

After graduation she worked as a freelance animator and model maker and was represented by PartizanLab as an animation director between 2009 and 2011.

In 2012 Rhiannon began an MA in Animation Direction at the NFTS as a BBFC and BAFTA scholar. Her first year film, The Fly Who Loved Me, is beginning its festival run and she is currently working on her graduation film which will be completed in 2015.


Ian Forbes – BAFTA Scholar

Ian Forbes

Born and brought up in Scotland, Ian studied for his BA Honours at art school in his hometown, Dundee. Ian developed a passion for moving image while studying and built up many collaborative relationships, working with filmmakers and artists. He graduated in 2010 with a 1st class honours degree.

Ian worked as a lighting assistant on feature and short films over two years. He continued to build up a portfolio of work as a cinematographer, pushing himself creatively.

In 2012 Ian was selected to attend the MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School, UK. He was awarded a BAFTA Scholarship, the Dewar Arts Award and a Skillset bursary to attend the two-year programme. Ian has spent his time at the school honing his craft to perform at his best as a cinematographer and has continued to work as a cinematographer on short films, music videos and commercials.


Eleanor Pitt – BAFTA Scholar

Eleanor Pitt

Ellie Pitt graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 with a first class degree in English. With the help of BAFTA's scholarship programme, she began her Television Journalism MA at City University London in September 2013. During the course she interned at ITV News London and Sky. In June this year she completed her Masters, achieving a distinction. She has since returned home to Gloucestershire, where she is currently freelancing as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC.


Folarin Sagaya – BAFTA Scholar

Folarin Sagaya

Folarin was raised in both Nigeria and the UK, giving him a unique outlook on two very different societies. He initially studied a degree in Science at the University of Manchester which lead to him working in international development, where he was able to help set up a school and expand healthcare in under-resourced communities. He then realised he wanted to tell the stories of the people he was regularly interacting and coming into contact with. And with that, Folarin decided to study a Masters in Television Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has recently completed two films, a documentary on the African church and homosexuality, and another on diversity in the British media.


Luke Stapleton – Continuing BAFTA Scholar

Luke Stapleton

Luke finished his degree at LJMU in 2012 and received the BAFTA scholarship to support an MA Screenwriting course, also at LJMU, which finishes summer 2014. Throughout the Masters Luke has been working on a script with his mentor, Peter Moffat. Once he has finished his current course, he plans on focusing on completing his script alongside Peter and he is also hoping to do some traveling.


Rienjke Attoh – Prince William Scholar

Rienjke Attoh

With a background in Journalism, Radio and TV production, Rienjke is now in her final year of a producing course at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), where she is currently developing an animation and fiction short as part of her graduation projects. She will soon be launching a crowdfund for a feature titled A Moving Image, directed by Shola Amoo. Rienjke is also developing a mini-series based on her grandmother’s life with writer Jennifer Maijka, as well as developing a couple of projects with playwright and actor Nathaniel Martello-White, including an adaptation of a Russian novel. She is very interested in creating engaging and thought provoking content that is representative of the society we live in.


Sam Coleman – Prince William Scholar

Sam Coleman

Sam is currently studying for a Masters in Games Design and Development at the National Film & Television School. He was the recipient of a Prince William Scholarship, A Leverhulme Scholarship and a scholarship from UKIE which have enabled him to pursue and develop his storytelling craft.

Recently, Sam has completed several game projects during his studies; a group project called Helloworld, which is based around telling stories through environment. He has also worked on a recent game called JoeJo which is an IOS game that explores how to deal with those suffering from depression.


Sam Hughes – Prince William Scholar

Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes is a Sound Designer who graduated from the University of Huddersfield in Music Technology & Audio Systems. After graduating he then worked as a runner in London whilst freelancing in sound.

Upon receiving the Prince William Scholarship, Sam went on to study an MSc Post Production with Sound Design course at the University of York. He is now starting a placement within the Warner Bros organisation via a scheme at Traveller's Tales Games.

Sam also runs the website www.thesoundarchitect.co.uk; a non-profit hub of information to give back to the sound/audio community using interviews, articles and reviews.