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 Scholarship Program in 2017
8 students will receive support as part of the 2017 BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Programme, which assists talented people in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in film, television or games.
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.
Jack, 22, from High Wycombe, UK, was awarded the Pigott/BAFTA scholarship, which will go towards his tuition at the University of Southern California where he is enrolled in the Peter Stark Producing Program. Previously he attended University College London where he received a BASc Arts and Sciences degree.
“British film and television have had an enormous impact on me throughout my life, playing a key role in shaping my personality, my sense of humour, and my love of writing. I am hugely grateful to BAFTA LA for this award, the funding from which will support my education on this unique program at USC. The future of British television is at an exciting and decisive point, and I hope to use the tremendous resources and opportunities offered by the academy to both gain a greater understanding of the industry, and to help produce the kind of content that impacts new generations the same way British television impacted me."
Katharine, 23, from London, was awarded the BAFTA LA scholarship, which will go towards her tuition at the University of Southern California, where she is enrolled in the Film and Television Production Program. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she studied English. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Cinema and Media Studies at USC.
"I'm thrilled to have received this scholarship from BAFTA, which not only will be integral to funding my degree, but offers so many wonderful opportunities in terms of support, mentorship, and community. BAFTA is an institution I have always looked up to, and to be affiliated with them is an incredible honour. As an aspiring director, I hope to use this scholarship to contribute to the current change that the film industry is undergoing, addressing gender and diversity both in front of and behind the camera. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by a network, faculty, and institution that tackles these issues head on. I'm deeply grateful to BAFTA for the support and resources in continuing my education."
Charlotte, 29, from Edinburgh was awarded the Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship, which will go towards her tuition at New York University where she is studying Film. Previously, she studied at the University of London, King’s College where she received a B.A. in Classics, then went on to the University of Oxford, University College where she studied Latin and Greek Languages and Literature, and most recently received an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.
“I’m immensely grateful to have been selected for a BAFTA LA scholarship this year and can’t overestimate the impact it will have. My time at NYU has completely changed the trajectory of my career and this award provides essential support as I work toward completing my MFA thesis film, begin developing my first feature, and look toward taking my first steps as filmmaker in the professional world.”
Leo, 29, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was awarded the The Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship, which will go towards his tuition at Boston University where he is working towards an MFA in Playwriting. Previously, Leo studied at the University of Oxford where he received a B.A. in Modern History.
"It's a great honour to be selected by BAFTA LA for the Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship. Studying at Boston University and experiencing life in the USA has been a special experience - I have grown as a writer, been lucky in my mentors and collaborators, and have had the chance to develop my craft in writing for both stage and screen. This award will help me complete my studies here and move forward with building my career. I'm grateful to BAFTA for their support."
Joe, 22, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, will receive the BAFTA LA Scholarship, which will go towards his tuition whilst studying the Global Media and Communications program at the University of Southern California. He is a graduate from the University of Manchester where he studied History.
“As an aspiring filmmaker, I am both humbled and honoured to receive support and recognition from BAFTA through their LA scholarship program. Having focused upon film theory throughout my first year studying Global Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, this scholarship has helped provide me with the necessary funds to focus upon developing my practical filmmaking skills whilst completing my dual-degree program. This year I will specialize in visual storytelling, screenwriting and documentary production through the fascinating courses offered by USC, which will provide me with the skills, knowledge and experience to successfully pursue a career creating ethically-driven and representative films in the future. I am incredibly grateful to BAFTA LA for helping make such an incredible opportunity a reality!”
Carol, 25, from Edinburgh, was awarded the BAFTA LA Scholarship, which will go towards her tuition at University of Southern California where she is enrolled in the Peter Stark Producing Program. Before coming to study at USC, Carol studied Digital Film and Television at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
"I am delighted and incredibly grateful to have been awarded a scholarship from BAFTA LA for a second year. Over the past year BAFTA LA has been a vital part in helping me settle in Los Angeles while taking this next step in my education. Their mentorship and networking events are fundamental in helping their Scholars and Newcomers meet other industry professionals that can provide advice and guidance outside of their school circle. Not only does the scholarship provide some much needed support for the cost of tuition, it's also reassuring to know that I will have another year as part of the BAFTA LA family. In my final year of the Stark Producing Program I look forward to continuing to develop a slate of projects with new writers and artists to take forward into production thanks to the support of BAFTA LA."
Rhys, 25, from Southport, UK, was awarded the BAFTA Los Angeles Access for All Scholarship, which will go towards his tuition at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where he is currently studying Filmmaking. Previous to his studies at NYU, Rhys graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a B.A. in Film and Moving Image.
"I feel honored to be selected as one of the 2017 BAFTA LA Scholars and am immensely grateful to BAFTA for continuing to support my studies in the US. The money will go along way in financing my thesis film, a passion project I plan to shoot then edit over the next academic year."
Ed, 30, from London, was awarded the Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship towards his tuition at University of Texas at Austin where he is studying Film and Media Production. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied History and English Literature, and the SOAS, University of London where he received a Masters in South Asian Studies.
"I really can’t express how grateful I am to BAFTA for this scholarship. It is always difficult to find the necessary resources to make challenging, boundary-pushing work, so scholarships like BAFTA’s are incredibly important. With the help of the scholarship, I will do my best to produce work that honours BAFTA’s commitment to bold and honest storytelling."
Los Angeles Scholars in 2016
Carol Brown at USC
Laurence Zanelli at USC
Sunny Midha at USC
Peter Lam at USC
Harriet Beaney at Columbia University
Iesh Thapar at Columbia University
Los Angeles Scholars in 2015
Sean Dunn at Columbia University
Michael Patrick Clarkson at at USC
Amelia Hassard at Columbia University
Alexander Noël Ivan Polunin at USC
Emily Rice at USC
Richard Tuft at USC
Los Angeles Scholars in 2014
Iesh Thapar at Columbia University
Catherine Taylor at American Film Institute
Andrew Duncan Visser at Columbia University
Samuel Icklow at University of California Los Angeles
William Stefan Smith from Tisch School of the Arts who received the Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a second year