Harrogate winner for BAFTA scholarship

Emily Dring from Harrogate is a lucky recipient of a BAFTA scholarship to study an MA Producing at the National Film and Television.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) are supporting 21 students in financial need who will receive scholarships to study in the UK or US including, for the first time this year, two students from mainland China who will be studying at British institutions.

As well as 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.

In the UK, nine new and three returning British students will receive up to £12,000 as part of their package of support. For a fourth year, three of these students will receive the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros.

The Prince William Scholars in 2016 are Emily Dring from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Rosalind Gregoire from Woodgreen in Hampshire and Angela Neil from South Woodford in east.

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.


Emily Dring said:

My scholarship was awarded to support me on the MA Producing at the National Film & Television , which has previously been named ‘Best International Film ’ by the Hollywood Reporter. I’ll begin the 2 year full-time MA in January 2017.

There are nine new BAFTA scholars altogether this year, but the three of us named ‘Prince William Scholars’ will receive support from both BAFTA and Warner Bros., including industry mentors, access to events and workshops hosted by the institutions, plus a work placement in a Warner Bros. company.

It goes without saying that I’m very grateful to have the support of BAFTA and Warner Bros. but I’m particularly pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to their creative talent outreach programmes over the next year.

Raising aspirations for students from underrepresented backgrounds and regions (including Yorkshire) was a big part of my undergraduate experience at Oxford University, and I hope to proudly represent North Yorkshire through any NFTS, BAFTA and Warner Bros. outreached schemes I’m involved in.


The six other UK scholarship recipients announced today are: John Garvey from Harrow in north west London, Robert Gittings from Wednesfield in Wolverhampton, Adam Jones from near Llandudno Junction, Conwy County Borough in Wales, Grace Saif from Crawley in West Sussex, Daniella Smith from Ramsey Mereside in Cambridgeshire and Lauren Grace Wilson from Johnstone in Renfrewshire.


Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said:

BAFTA celebrates creative excellence and a crucial part of its work is to ensure that talented people, whatever their background or personal circumstances, are given every opportunity to engage in the film, TV and games industries.  We are proud to award these talented students with the financial means necessary to launch their careers, as well as giving them the chance to build lasting relationships with leading industry figures through one-to-one mentoring and access to industry events. I’m delighted that, for the first time, we have been able to support talented individuals from mainland China.



Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said:

Finding, funding and nurturing the next generation of talent for our creative industries has never been more important and we are delighted to continue to play a key role in this endeavour. As we have seen in the experiences of previous Prince William Scholars, the inspiration, insight and financial support that Emily, Rosalind and Angela are set to receive will have a huge impact on their respective futures – we congratulate them and wish them all the very best.

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is overseen in the UK by BAFTA’s Learning and New Talent Committee, chaired by Sara Putt, and made possible by the support of a number of individuals, foundations and partnerships. The inclusion of students from China is the latest expansion of BAFTA’s global scholarship activity, which saw scholarships awarded in Hong Kong in 2014.

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