An incredible 11 NFTS students have been awarded prestigious BAFTA scholarships and make up almost a third of the 39 recipients who have received support to enable them to study in the UK or US.
A special event was held at BAFTA’s headquarters to welcome 15 of the new scholarship recipients in the UK. In addition to financial support, the BAFTA Scholars will gain free access to BAFTA events and receive one-to-one mentoring from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees.
Two NFTS students – Daisy Fernandez (Games Design and Development MA) and Hannah Cole (Production Management for Film and Television Diploma) - will receive the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. These scholarships – an integral element of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, Warner Bros.’ investment in UK creative industries’ skills and training – are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. Their fees will be funded by Warner Bros., and they each will receive a short funded work placement with the Warner Bros. group of companies in the UK, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to Warner Bros.’ series of industry masterclasses.
Daisy said: “I am thrilled to have been recognised by BAFTA at this stage in my education. To have the backing of an organisation such as BAFTA, as well as Warner Bros. through the Prince William Scholarship, is not only a vote of confidence in my creative abilities, but an acknowledgement that my background in humanities is an asset when designing video games.” Applications are open for the NFTS Games Design and Development MA until the 16th October 2017 and the course starts in January 2018 - to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/games - you can also come and see the current NFTS students' graduation games in the Rezzed area at EGX, which is taking place between the 21st and 24th September 2017 at Birmingham NEC.
Hannah says; “I'm very grateful to be awarded a BAFTA Scholarship, and am hugely honoured to be named a Prince William Scholar through the support of Warner Bros. It means I'm able to focus on the course without having the added pressures of trying to fund my studies alongside the course. To be supported by such prestigious organisations is a proud achievement and I'm looking forward to seeing what opportunities it brings.”
Haolu Wang (Directing Fiction MA), Robert Chen (Production Sound for Film and Television Diploma), Qingling Zhang (second year Production Design MA) and Yanling Wang (Producing MA) are all Chinese BAFTA Scholars. They will receive funding towards tuition fees and, in some cases, a bursary for living expenses, to study at the NFTS, as part of BAFTA’s aim to encourage UK-China cross-cultural exchange.
Haolu says: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be awarded a BAFTA scholarship. The mentorship and talent support provided to the BAFTA scholars will be very valuable for my future career.”
Robert says: “I feel both lucky and grateful for being awarded a BAFTA Scholarship. It relieved my financial burden and made it possible for me to start my course. BAFTA not only has supported me financially, but also provides valuable resource linked to the film and TV industry. With the help from BAFTA, I will be able to focus more on my studies, have the opportunity to meet and learn from the best sound artists in the industry, and move forward with more confidence toward my career goal.”
Yanling says: “As a young filmmaker, it is really a great honour and encouragement. I am very grateful to BAFTA for giving me a good chance to be closer to my producer dream. BAFTA is a great platform for me to learn more about film industry and have more opportunities to meet more extraordinary filmmakers. With this honour, I will advance confidently in the direction of my dream.”
Other NFTS BAFTA Scholars include: Adam Jones (second year Sound Design for Film and Television MA); Chanitra Limpiroj (Sound for Film and Television Diploma); Emily Dring (second year Producing MA); Joel Marshall (Games Design and Development MA) and Tom Dexter (second year Producing MA).
Chanitra said: “I feel so honoured to have been offered such a life-changing opportunity from BAFTA. This scholarship will not only help fund my studies, but will also provide me with heaps of invaluable benefits, such as having a BAFTA mentor and invitations to BAFTA events and masterclasses, which I feel will give me a significant push towards my dream career as a sound recordist.”
Joel said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be awarded this scholarship. The fact that BAFTA has decided that my work and ambition are worth supporting with this scholarship is almost unbelievable and I hope that with their support I can go on to reward their faith in me.”