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Games and Immersive Awards Introduced for 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards

25 February 2021
Virtual RealityMaurizio Pesce

Today we announced two new awards for our 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards program – the BAFTA Student Award for Games and the BAFTA Student Award for Immersive – which will join the regular slate of awards for short films in the categories of Live Action, Documentary and Animation, as well as the Special Jury Prize.

The program of events and screenings for the 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards will be entirely virtual. The virtual program for last year’s Student Awards brought students from 16 countries together for social, networking and educational events. 

In 2020, we organized our first Student Interactive Media Showcase, which solicited submissions of games and immersive content from students around the world. The showcase included projects from the University of Southern California, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Germany, and ISART Digital in France. 

As part of the 2021 Student Awards program, BAFTA and Global Student Accommodation (GSA) will offer its third BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant of USD 12,000 to a film or films on the topic of youth wellbeing. 

The GSA BAFTA Student Awards celebrates and rewards the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers from around the globe. Selection for the shortlist and finals provides access to further connections and opportunities with the British Academy via BAFTA’s New Talent programming. With past winners and nominees including Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther,” “Creed”), Sharat Raju (“Scandal,” “Fear the Walking Dead”), Clara Roquet, Annie Silverstein and Kevin Wilson Jr., the awards have created a legacy for rewarding the next big filmmakers in the industry. 

Those interested in submitting projects to this year’s competition should contact [email protected]. The awards are free to enter and the deadline for submissions is 11:59pm BST (UTC+1) on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Submissions will be viewed and judged by a select panel of BAFTA representatives. A shortlist of the best submissions will be announced on May 12, 2021. The finalists in all categories will be selected on June 9, 2021 and the winners will be announced in a digital ceremony on July 16, 2021.