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Scholarship Program

BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent through our Scholarship Program, creating opportunities for exceptional British students to study at some of the world's most renowned film schools.

Application Process

BAFTA LA is now accepting applications to our 2017 Scholarship Program! If you are a British student either currently studying, or accepted to study in the US, we encourage you to apply for our program using Get Acceptd: Click here to begin the application process. Select 'Scholarship Program' from the drop-down menu.

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 15th 2017.

Our Current Scholars

The 2016 recipients were Carol Brown studying at University of Southern California, Laurence Zanelli studying at University of Southern California, Sunny Midha studying at University of Southern California, Peter Lam at University of Southern California, Harriet Beaney at Columbia University, and Iesh Thapar at Columbia University.

Find out more about our scholars here.


The US remains inarguably the best place the world to study filmmaking and we believe the world's best young filmmakers should have the opportunity to apply their talent to the world's best film schools. With annual tuition fees for international students costing students in excess of $50,000, the BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program supports students by giving financial support, as well as mentorship opportunities and access to BAFTA Los Angeles screenings and events. The scholarships are funded by BAFTA Los Angeles' events and membership, as well as through donations from successful industry professionals and companies.


The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship is supported by a $1 million endowment established by Mark Pigott, KBE. Additional scholarship funds are provided thanks to Nigel Lythgoe, Burberry and Howard and Tatiana Lipson. If you would like to support our Scholarship Program, get in touch with our office to discuss options for involvement: [email protected]


Our Scholarship Program was set up seventeen years ago to support a single British student enrolled on the prestigious MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. The program has since expanded greatly and continues to grow, currently supporting six students with substantial scholarships.

The BAFTA LA Scholarship Program has proved highly successful, with virtually every scholarship recipient graduating to become a working professional in the film and TV industry. Alumni include Sacha Gervasi (Terminal, Anvil! The Story of Anvil), Joby Harold (Awake, Edge of Tomorrow) and Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember).

BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent


In 2014, BAFTA Los Angeles announced its first perpetual Scholarship Program - The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship. Funded by a $1 million endowment from industrialist and philanthropist Mark Pigott KBE, the endowment will support British students studying film in the US for generations to come.