BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent through our Scholarship Program, supporting studies and further education at some of most renowned establishments in the United States.
BAFTA Los Angeles currently grants scholarships of $15,000, $5,000, two at $1,500, and the $5000 Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a student specializing in television.
The program is open to British graduate students studying any of the disciplines associated with the moving image at an accredited graduate school in the U.S.
The BAFTA Scholarship Program was set up seventeen years ago by BAFTA Los Angeles to support a British student enrolled on the prestigious Masters program in screenwriting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. The program has since expanded greatly, and it was announced in 2012 that BAFTA Los Angeles would launch a new expanded program and grant scholarships of $15,000, $5,000, two at $1,500, and the $5000 Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a student specializing in TV.
BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent
With yearly tuition fees costing students an average of $30,000, 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, as well as through donations from successful industry professionals and companies.
Through the program, BAFTA Los Angeles builds ever more fruitful and profitable relationships between the UK and US industries, and supports and nurtures the next generation of film and television practitioners.
The 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) and Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember).
Our Current Scholars
This year's recipients are Iesh Thapar studying at Columbia University, Catherine Taylor at American Film Institute, Andrew Duncan Visser at Columbia University, Samuel Icklow at University of California Los Angeles and William Stefan Smith from Tisch School of the Arts who receives the Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a second year.
This year's recipients were chosen by BAFTA Los Angeles' special jury of Working Title's Eric Fellner, director Ted Kotcheff, and CAA agent Josh Lieberman. Each individual was selected for their display of creative excellence and dedication to pursuing their craft.
We have now completed the application process for 2014. Details of the 2015 program will be available soon. Please contact the BAFTA Los Angeles office with any questions - LAOfiice@bafta.org.