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GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards

Submissions for the 2020 GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards are closed. Click here to see the 2020 Shortlist! 

Email us if you are interested in learning more about the program, or if you are interested in submitting in 2021. 

The GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards is an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers from around the globe.

We ask film schools from around the world to submit their best work and members of the British Academy review the submissions and select the best films over the course of three rounds of voting. 

In the process, we connect the students who participate with the wealth of expertise represented by the BAFTA membership and we provide a showcase for the industry to uncover the latest global talent. 

To strengthen the connection with BAFTA, we program events throughout the life of the competition to provide professional and artistic guidance to the filmmakers as they make the transition from film school into the industry. 

We are incredibly grateful to Global Student Accommodation (GSA), our title partners for the Student Film Awards. GSA creates spaces to grow for university students by developing, managing and investing in student accommodation across a growing footprint of the world’s top university cities. Students can find a welcoming home away from home at GSA communities in cities across Australia, UAE, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Spain and the U.K. With their international reach and their student-centric ethos, they are the perfect partners for our student competition. 

Click here to view the updated rules for the 2020 competition. Please note that the rules are likely to be adjusted for future competitions.

The Competition

Event: BAFTA Student Film Awards presented by Global Student Accommodation Date: Tuesday 9 July 2019Venue: The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica-Area: Press RoomGetty Images for BAFTA LA

Featuring an evening of student films selected by a panel of industry professionals, BAFTA members are invited to select the best films on the night in the categories of animation, live action, and documentary, each of which receives the BAFTA Student Film Award. A Special Jury comprised of entertainment industry luminaries also recognizes a film with the Special Jury Prize.  Previously limited to the film schools of the US, in 2017, for the first time the event expanded to include schools from around the world. Click here to learn more about the Student Film Awards competition!

The Programming

SFA Masterclass

Our Student Film Awards finalists are all invited to Los Angeles to participate in a number of events and programs designed to expose and introduce them to industry professionals. In addition, filmmakers who are shortlisted, reach the finals, or receive awards as part of the BAFTA Student Film Awards are given opportunities to participate in BAFTA's global New Talent programs.  Click here to learn more about the Student Film Awards Programming!




Event: BAFTA Student Film AwardsDate: Friday 29 June 2018 Venue: Theatre, Ace Hotel , Los Angeles-Getty Images for BAFTA LA

BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant

The BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant provides a cash award to support further development of a short film project, opportunities to retain expert advisors, and receive overall creative and strategic feedback throughout the life of the project.

As a key part of BAFTA’s mission to discover, inspire and nurture new talent, the BAFTA Student Film Awards celebrates the very best work from film schools around the world and connects outstanding student filmmakers to the wealth of expertise represented by BAFTA’s membership. BAFTA Commissioning Grants will provide the necessary means for great short film projects to either get started or cross the finish line, with an eye to ensuring that talented filmmakers from more diverse backgrounds are able to achieve their vision on screen. In its first year in 2019, Drama Del Rosario and Lola Blanche-Higgins split the $12,000 prize. 


Previous Winners:


Leó Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet - Hors Piste -École des Nouvelles Images (Animation) 
Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik - Guanajuato Norte - Columbia University (Documentary) 
Asher Jelinsky - Miller & Son - American Film Institute (Live Action) 
Rikke Gregersen - Dog Eat Dog - Kristiania University College (Special Jury Prize) 


Alicja Jasina - Once Upon a Line - USC (Tie - Animation)
Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu - The Wishgranter - Ringling College of Art & Design (Tie - Animation)
Jimmy Keyrouz - Nocturne in Black - Columbia University (Live Action)
Daphne Matziaraki - 4.1 Miles - UC Berkley (Documentary & Special Jury Prize)


Henry Hughes - 'Day One' (AFI)
Zoe Lubeck - 'Lucy' (DePaul) Special Jury Prize


Andrej Landin - 'Into The Silent Sea' (Chapman)
Patrick Dickinson - 'Usagi-San' (AFI) Jury Prize


Lorne Hiltser -‘Le Jeu Des Soldats’ (AFI)


Rob Connelly – ‘Our Neck of the Woods’ (USC)


Vineet Dewan – ‘Clear, Cut Simple’ (USC) – Tied 
Danielle Shamash – ‘The Sunday Man’ (AFI) – Tied 


Suny Behar – ‘Chaos Theory’ (UCLA)



Esteban Bravo & Beth David - In A Heartbeat - Ringling College of Design (Animation)
Kevin Wilson Jr. - My Nephew Emmett - NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (Live Action)
Lindsey Parietti - Blood Island - University of the West of England (Documentary)
Lucia Bulgheroni - Inanimate - National Film & Television School (Special Jury Prize)


Clara Roquet - 'El Adiós' (Columbia)
Seth Boyden - 'An Object at Rest' (CalArts) Special Jury Prize


Annie Silverstein - 'Skunk' (UT Austin) (both prizes)


Julio Ramos -'Una Carrerita, Doctor!' (UCLA)


Andrew Spieler - ‘The Response’ (AFI) – Tied
Christina Rubenstein – ‘Unrest’ (AFI) – Tied


Melanie McGraw – ‘Pit Stop’ (USC)


Adam Parrish King – ‘The Wrath of Cobble Hill’ (USC)



Sharat Raju - 'American Made' (AFI)