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BAFTA Scholarships in China

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in China is supporting UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange by offering scholarships to talented Chinese and British nationals, enabling their study of film, television, or games as an international student in the UK or China respectively. The programme will open for applications in 2016.

Information for Applicants

UK nationals studying in China

This scholarship is open to UK nationals in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course in China related to a career in film, television or games.

In addition to financial support for course fees and overseas living expenses, the recipients will receive mentoring from industry professionals and access to BAFTA events.

Register to be kept informed of when applications open in 2016 >

Chinese nationals studying in the UK

This scholarship is open to Chinese nationals in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course in the UK related to a career in film, television or games. 

In addition to financial support for course fees and overseas living expenses, the recipients will receive mentoring from industry professionals and access to BAFTA events.

Register to be kept informed of when applications open in 2016 >


2014/15 Scholars

In 2014, BAFTA offered support to British nationals wishing to study in Hong Kong, and residents of Hong Kong looking to study in the UK. The 2014 BAFTA Scholarship Programme in Hong Kong was supported by the Yip Foundation. The recipients in 2014 were Tian Macleod Ji and Wan Pin Chu.

Tian Macleod Ji

Tian Macleod Ji, from Oxford, is awarded a scholarship to study the MFA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong, comprising £9,300 for one year’s course fees, a £10,000 bursary for expenses, and mentoring support from an industry professional in Hong Kong.

Tian, aged 22, was raised in Oxfordshire by his British mother and Chinese father, and lived in Oxford until moving to London to study for a BA in Chinese (Modern and Classical) at SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). His course included a year in Beijing, where he researched and wrote a thesis on Chinese Independent Cinema.

In his early teens, Tian was selected to take part in a filmmaking initiative at his school under the mentorship of BAFTA-nominated documentary-maker Michael Grigsby. In 2010 Tian was honoured with a Best Documentary award at the BFI Future Film Festival for his first live-action short A Soldier, documenting his uncle’s experiences serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alongside his studies, Tian has worked as a professional model, a waiter, a sales assistant, and has taught English to foreign students.

BAFTA introduced Tian to Craig Leeson, CEO of award-winning Hong Kong-based production company Leeson Media, who is mentoring him during his studies. The two meet regularly, and Tian has helped Craig as assistant producer on various shoots, as well joining him at Shaw Studios during the sound engineering for a documentary.

In November Tian met industry professionals at a BAFTA event in Hong Kong with BAFTA-nominated and Oscar-winning make-up artist Lois Burwell. He has also met BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholar Wan Pin Chu, a Hong Kong resident studying in the UK, and the two BAFTA Scholars have collaborated on a film project.

Recently Tian was selected by City University for a a paid position on a filmmaking and media art expedition to the caves of Vietnam.

Tian said: “With the scholarship I have been given an incredibly supportive financial backing, which will allow me to devote myself to the course, without having to work simultaneous to studying. BAFTA has also introduced to me to an inspirational mentor, who is a successful director and producer based in Hong Kong. This is invaluable in laying the foundation for a career in filmmaking, which I intend to pursue.”


The BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarship

Wan Pin Chu

Scholarships 2014

Wan Pin Chu was awarded the BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarship, reserved for Hong Kong residents, towards the MComp in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, comprising £20,000 towards one year’s course fees, a £10,000 bursary for expenses, and mentoring support from an industry professional in the UK.

Wan, aged 23, was raised in Hong Kong and first came to the UK to study for a BMus in Musicology and Composition at King’s College London. During his time in London, he has also received tuition in violin at the Royal Academy of Music. He will shortly begin the second year of his MComp at the Royal College of Music.

Wan has won multiple national and international competitions playing the traditional Chinese instrument the Erhu. Whilst in the UK he has composed music for documentaries, animations and student films, including two short films that screened at The National Gallery in London and a documentary that was performed by the RCM Orchestra. He has also hosted seminars looking at Chinese musical tradition in film. In his spare time he has designed websites for other artists.

BAFTA introduced Wan to music supervisor Maggie Rodford (The Lion King, Gladiator, The King’s Speech) who he meets regularly for feedback and advice on his work. Maggie has connected Wan with BAFTA-nominated composers Patrick Doyle and Dario Marianelli, and arranged for Wan to meet composer Christian Henson.

Since becoming a BAFTA Scholar Wan has co-scored a BBC documentary and is currently working on music for commercials to air in Hong Kong and mainland China. Wan aspires to work on films in London, Los Angeles and China and to run a music school to nurture talented young musicians.

Wan said: “I feel honoured and grateful that BAFTA granted me this scholarship. Not only does it mean that I can continue my studies without much financial burden, it gives me opportunity to work with and learn from the best composers and film directors in the industry. This opportunity is priceless.”


Wan and Tian together in Hong Kong in the summer of 2014...


Masterclass with Eddie RedmayneBAFTA/James Guan Yue

About BAFTA in Asia

Our activity in China aims to bring together both British and Asian film, television and games practitioners, supporting and celebrating the wealth of talent that exists in Asia by giving opportunities to talented newcomers, showcasing world-renowned talent and encouraging mutual collaboration between practitioners.

Find out more about our activity in Asia >


Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme in China, contact [email protected]