BAFTA awards over £200,000 in scholarship and bursary funds to 41 individuals across the UK and US

Oct 8, 2021

27 scholars to receive financial support and mentoring for 2021/22 year; a further 14 to benefit from new ‘Career Development Bursary pilot’, supported by Paul Greengrass.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced a new group of global recipients for its 2021/22 Scholarship Programme, which offers financial assistance to students studying film, games, and television courses in the UK and North America.

Additionally, BAFTA has also announced the recipients of a new Career Development Bursary pilot. Funding has been provided by the multi-award-winning director and filmmaker Paul Greengrass to 14 individuals with prior work experience who do not have the financial resources to further their careers.

These two schemes are part of the year-round initiatives and programmes from BAFTA – a leading independent arts charity – that support new talent and talent from underrepresented groups, such as BAFTA Breakthrough, BAFTA Crew, GSA BAFTA Student Awards, and Young Game Designers. BAFTA plans to dramatically increase this support from 2022, made possible by the redevelopment of BAFTA’s headquarters at 195 Piccadilly.

Paul Greengrass said: “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.”

Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive at BAFTA, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we are to launch the BAFTA Career Development Bursary pilot, offering invaluable funding to 14 individuals wishing to forge a career in the film, games and television industries, and am hugely grateful to Paul Greengrass for making the scheme possible through his very generous donation. I am also thrilled that our Scholarships programme this year provides 27 talented scholars, both in the UK and US, with financial support, mentoring, and access to resources and BAFTA events – a crucial combination as they lay the foundations for a career in film, games and television.”

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