Two of the first ever Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros have been awarded to students starting courses at the NFTS.
These new 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.
In addition two more students have been awarded BAFTA scholarships to study at the School.
Each BAFTA Scholar will receive 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.
In return, the scholarship recipients will share their learning experiences on BAFTA Guru (www.bafta.org/guru), BAFTA’s online learning channel, and participate in future BAFTA outreach to young people.
The Prince William Scholarship recipients – who were named today as Rienkje Attoh from Crystal Palace in London, Sam Coleman from Ibstone in Buckinghamshire will have their fees funded by Warner Bros. and will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors.
Rienkje Attoh (pictured above) is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Producing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Rienkje, aged 31, has a background in radio production and previously studied English at Goldsmiths University and Broadcast Journalism at University College Falmouth.
Sam Coleman is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Games Design and Development at NFTS. Sam, aged 24, has a degree in Computer Games Design from the University of South Wales.
The two other BAFTA scholarships will go to: Rhiannon Evans from Caerphilly, South Wales who is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Directing Animation at NFTS and Steven Ferguson from Cumbernauld in Lanarkshire who is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Cinematography at NFTS.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: "I am proud to say that, as President of BAFTA, there is a huge amount of work going on to nurture the talent of tomorrow. I am also immensely proud of BAFTA’s new Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, which Warner Bros. is so generously supporting. These scholarships will lead to talented young people, who would otherwise not have the chance to develop their careers, to reach their full potential."
Anne Morrison, Deputy Chair of BAFTA, and Chair of BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee, who chaired the scholarship selection panel, said: "This year’s scholarship recipients have great talents which, without the right support, were at risk of being lost from our industries. Through the BAFTA Scholarship Programme they now have access to funding, industry events and one-to-one mentoring, to help them make a tremendous contribution to our moving image industries. We look forward to following their future career achievements."
Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said: "We’re committed to finding, funding and nurturing young talent from all backgrounds, so we’re excited to be announcing with BAFTA the first beneficiaries of the Prince William Scholarships. Together with BAFTA, we will provide insight and experience, alongside financial support, to help these talented young people lay the foundations for their future careers."
The BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which is now in its second year, is part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, television and games. This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals following an open call to students applying for eligible UK courses. The BAFTA Scholarship Programme has been made possible by the generous support of the Academy Circle, Kevin Burke, the Edwin Fox Foundation, the Galashan Trust, Evelina Girling, Linda Shire, the Lowy Mitchell Foundation and Warner Bros.
The NFTS annually awards over £600,000 in scholarships and bursaries to support exceptional students who could not otherwise afford the fees.
Pictured is Rienkje Attoh who has been awarded one of the new Prince William Scholarships