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Scholarship Program

05 April 12

Discover out more about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme in Los Angeles.

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.

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We are currently accepting applications for our 2014 Scholarships. Application details are available here .

Please contact the BAFTA Los Angeles office with any questions.


In 2012, BAFTA Los Angeles proudly announced a new three-year scholarship program for British graduate students studying in the U.S. The annual program will grant a scholarship of $15,000, with a runner-up receiving $5,000, and two honorable mention scholarships of $1,500 each, plus a $5000 scholarship for a student specializing in television.

BAFTA Los Angeles is providing this scholarship program for a guaranteed three years, starting with the 2012/2013 academic year. 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 three-year program and grant a scholarship of $15,000, a runner-up receiving $5,000, and two honorable mention scholarships of $1,500 each. Additionally, there is a $1,500 scholarship for a student specializing in television.


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.

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

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.

Our Scholars

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

Aneil Karia
Aneil originally hails from Ipswich in Suffolk and after achieving a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds and an MA from the National Film and Television School, he won a place at the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. He has been a producer at Sky News and has directed music videos for artists such as Nerina Pallott and Dizzee Rascal, as well as commercials for Nintendo and La Senza. His recent short film Beat, starring Ben Whishaw, is currently doing the festival circuit.

Catherine Taylor
Catherine was born in Perth, Western Australia, and grew up in Australia and England. She graduated from University of the Arts, London with a BA in Film and Television Production and was subsequently accepted into the highly competitive American Film Institute Directing Fellowship. Her short film 'Drowners' was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Rushes Soho Shorts and was awarded Most Promising Talent in 2010 by the BBC and BFI. Catherine is also a Fulbright Scholar.

William Stefan Smith - Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholar, 2013
William worked in London as a BBC Production Trainee, after completing his undergraduate studies in 2008. There he worked as an assistant to Academy Award Nominated filmmaker Armando Iannucci, on his BAFTA Award winning series ‘The Thick Of It’. This experience led to a position within the BBC New Comedy Department. William sourced and nurtured new comedy talent, developing comedy pilots and viral content for the web. After working as a production trainee, William moved into radio where he produced, wrote and co-hosted the 'Tim Westwood Show' on BBC Radio 1Xtra. His work there led to a SONY Award nomination, for Best Entertainment Show. William is currently pursuing a MFA in Filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts. 

Daniel Nickson
Daniel, originally from Manchester, studied Film and TV Production at the University of Westminster, before being accepted onto Columbia University's MFA program in Directing and Screenwriting. His films have received nominations at the Royal Television Society Awards, Seattle's NFFTY, the Screentest Awards and Shanghai's International Film Festival.

Phil Groman
Phil is a creative technologist with a background in journalism and public policy. Originally from London, Phil earned a BA in Politics & Philosophy and recently graduated with an MA in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts. Before New York, Phil worked between South Africa and Kenya as Director of Innovations and Technology at a start-up educational mobile development studio. This is the second year Phil has been awarded a BAFTA LA Scholarship.