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BAFTA Student Film Awards - The Competition


Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles invites over 400 film schools from around the world to submit no more than 9 student films. In 2019, we received 568 submissions from schools in 38 countries including Argentina, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Singapore, the UK, and the US. 

Click here to explore the 2019 participating schools!

The Shortlist

Over 150 BAFTA members participate in the selection process to choose the 20 best short films in the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. The Shortlist is announced via press release and all the filmmakers involved are immediately invited to special events in London, New York, and Los Angeles. In addition to this, the directors on the Shortlist are invited to join our Alumni Program - a new talent development group which provides access to bespoke events throughout the year. 

Click here to see the 2019 Shortlist! 

The Finals

After 3 rounds of voting by BAFTA members, the finalists are chosen and announced: 3 animation films, 3 live-action films, and 3 documentaries and all of the finalists are flown into Los Angeles for the ceremony. At the finals, we invite BAFTA members, the industry, the public, and the film school community of Los Angeles to attend for an evening of live screenings of the finalists' films, a live vote from BAFTA members, and an awards ceremony. Four awards are presented:

  • Live Action
  • Animation presented by LAIKA
  • Documentary
  • Special Jury Prize


Over the years, the BAFTA Student Film Awards have provided an opportunity for our members and the public to catch exceptional talent on the rise. 

  • In 2011, Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) was a finalist with his short film "Fig"
  • Stephen Caple Jr., the director of Creed II, was a finalist in 2014
  • "Poles Apart" was a Shortlist participant in 2017; seven months later, it won a BAFTA for Best British Animated Short
  • 2015 winner Henry Hughes and 2018 winner Kevin Miles were both nominated for an Oscar for Short Film

Click here to learn about BAFTA Student Film Awards programming >