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Career Development Bursary

The BAFTA Career Development bursary is a fund to help assist junior creatives with the costs of progressing their career in film, television or games. 

Update, Jan 2022: New career development bursary fund announced

Running as a pilot year in 2021, applicants could apply for up to £2000 towards specific costs such as a training course (including driving lessons), the costs of equipment or software, or relocation costs; as well as a contribution towards living expenses whilst working or doing work experience.

To qualify applicants must be over 18, demonstrate financial need, have experience in the film, games or TV sectors, and have worked with our partner organisations (BFI Film Academy, Creative Access, Film Fixer, MAMA Youth, Sara Putt Associates or Screen Alliance) or taken part in BAFTA’s Young Game Designer competition.

2021 recipients:
Abigail Lawrence – Hair and Makeup, Alex Dawn Balmer – Hair and Makeup, Angel Nkomo- Camera Department, Curtis Kantsa- Writer/Director, Faye Russell – Hair and Makeup, Hugo Lagnado-Monery- Sound, Isaac Bokoko- Camera Department, Jack Peck- Games Design, Mariam Hayat- Locations, Mathew Rhys Jenkins- Game Development, Michael Anthony Grant- Production Assistant, Rajab Mahmood- Camera Department, Shakeelah Archibald- Art Department, Shayan Mawlood- Art Department.

The BAFTA Career Development Bursary pilot is being supported by multi-award winning director Paul Greengrass -

"We are at an important crossroads. It is vital that we deliver a dramatic step change towards diversity in our industry. BAFTA - our flagship organisation - is developing new initiatives to drive these changes. As part of this wide-ranging work they have identified an important area where financial support is needed to assist young people at the beginning of their careers. 
This unique scheme - the BAFTA Career Development Bursary - will give individuals who are unable to access higher/college education the opportunity of funding and support to help them access the film, games and television industries."