BAFTA Los Angeles has invited 22 of the most elite film schools from across Southern California to submit 3 of their best films for consideration by May 13th. A selection panel of academy members will choose the most outstanding films, and the finalists presented at the Student Film Awards. The winner of the BAFTA Los Angeles Student Film Award will be selected by an audience of BAFTA members at the event, and a separate special Jury Prize will be awarded by an invited panel of Hollywood luminaries. In addition to the award recognition, winners will receive a year access to BAFTA Los Angeles’ educational and professional development events and classes.
"Many of our own Members received their start in the industry through the education that film schools provide, and so supporting filmmakers during this stage of their career is very important to BAFTA Los Angeles,” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Gary Dartnall. “We aim to provide not only award recognition, but also a meaningful level of professional support and access to mentorship, events and seminars to help this next generation of talent."
The list of schools invited to participate include the American Film Institute, University of California Los Angeles, Chapman University, Inner City Filmmakers, Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Claremont Colleges (Pitzer, Claremont, Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd), California State University Long Beach, California Institute of the Arts, Pepperdine University, Whittier College, California State University Northridge, Columbia College Hollywood, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, University of Southern California, Occidental College, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles Film School, and Los Angeles City College. The deadline to apply is May 13th; please contact BAFTA Los Angeles at (323) 658-6590 for more information.
BAFTA Los Angeles
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations.
Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.
A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).
For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.