Two students in the graduate program at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts were among 21 students worldwide awarded scholarships today by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Lucien Follini-Press (left), a student of graduate film at Tisch, received a scholarship through BAFTA New York and HBO.

Lucien Follini-Press received a scholarship through BAFTA New York, which supports students pursuing media studies at institutions in the New York City area, underwritten by New York-based businesses. Follini-Press received his scholarship courtesy of HBO. William Stefan Smith received the Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship through BAFTA Los Angeles, which provides financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the US. This is the second year Smith has received this scholarship.

Scholarships are given to students in financial need to study in the UK or US through the BAFTA scholarship programs in the UK, Los Angeles and New York. In addition to financial support, the BAFTA Scholars will also be mentored by BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees, and be given free access to BAFTA events.

"It is thrilling to see the growth in the BAFTA New York scholarship program,” said Linda Kahn, Co-Chair of BAFTA New York Outreach Committee. “Significantly, this is our third year and we have more scholarships, sponsors and universities than ever before. We are excited to extend the program to these outstanding students and to provide them with mentoring opportunities."

"Nurturing and supporting emerging talents is at the heart of what BAFTA Los Angeles does," said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Nigel Daly OBE. “This year's recipients were chosen by Working Title's Eric Fellner, director Ted Kotcheff, and CAA agent Josh Lieberman for their display of creative excellence and dedication to pursuing their craft."

For a full list of the 2014/15 BAFTA scholarship recipients in the UK, New York and Los Angeles, including course details, visit here.


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