In the first year of the BAFTA Scholarship Programme in the UK, six talented individuals were awarded bursaries.
BAFTA Scholarship Programme in 2012
2012 was the first year of the BAFTA Scholarship Programme in the UK. Six recipients were selected by a panel of BAFTA committee members to receive a bursary to cover their course fees for a year, mentoring support from BAFTA members, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
BAFTA Scholars in 2012:
About the Scholarships
Each BAFTA Scholar received up to £10,000 towards their course fees for a year, mentoring support from BAFTA members, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
Meet the Scholars
Michael Concannon from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was awarded £9,800 towards the MA Producing and Directing Television Entertainment at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Michael holds a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing from the University of Hull.
Michael Concannon said: “It feels a privilege to be offered the encouragement and support of BAFTA's scholarship programme, heartening and at the same time creatively exciting; a unique opportunity to learn of, and become better at, the things I love.”
Craig Devine from Walsall, West Midlands, was awarded £9,800 for the MA Cinematography at the NFTS. Craig previously gained a BA Film and Video from the International Film School Wales in Newport.
Craig Devine said: "I am incredibly happy to be receiving the BAFTA Scholarship. It ensures that I will be able to continue my studies in Cinematography at the NFTS. I am thrilled to be part of such a prestigious scheme."
Ola Bisoye Dosunmu
Ola Bisoye Dosunmu from Greenwich, London, was awarded £4,800 for the PgDip Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. Ola has an LLB Law degree from the University of East London.
Ola Bisoye Dosunmu said: “It’s credible that despite all the cuts being made in every sector of the economy, BAFTA is investing in young creative talent. The BAFTA Scholarship not only pays my fees, it will give me access to the industry which is priceless and otherwise unobtainable. Thank you for helping me change my life.”
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Daisy Jacobs from Gosport, Hampshire, was awarded £9,800 for the MA Directing Animation at the NFTS. Daisy completed her first degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Daisy Jacobs said: “This is a real boost! It's great the industry is encouraging new voices to be heard.”
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Luke Stapleton from Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside, was awarded £2,300 towards the MA Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University. Luke gained a degree in Film Studies and Creative Writing from the same institution.
Luke said: “To be accepted by an institution such as BAFTA is a true honour. The scholarship will provide me with invaluable support and is an incredible way to start my career in screenwriting.”
Jordan Tewkesbury from Trealaw, in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales was awarded £6,000 for the Diploma in Sound Recording for Film and Television at the NFTS. Jordan previously gained a BA (Hons) Film and Video at the University of Wales, Newport.
Jordan said: “This is a vastly appreciated privilege. It is one that has given me the opportunity to study at one of the most incredible schools in the country which, in itself is an unbelievable opportunity. Also, having access to BAFTA's events will allow me to meet people and experience things that I would otherwise be very unlikely to. Most importantly however, is the fact that I will have mentor support from BAFTA. This is the biggest privilege and it is hard to believe that the privilege is mine. Everything that BAFTA is doing for me is an aid to my career that I would never have thought possible. I am entirely grateful to have been awarded this fantastic scholarship.”