BAFTA and Warner Bros launch Prince William Scholarship in Games

BAFTA and Warner Bros launch Prince William Scholarship in Games
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

April 26th 2013 at 10:16AM

New initiative to offer students financial backing, mentoring and work placements

BAFTA and Warner Bros have launched a new Prince William Scholarship in games, television and film.

On the back of Warner Bros' announcement of a big investment in UK creative talent yesterday, the newly revealed program will be available to three students every year.

The scheme will provide aspiring developers and creative industry professionals with £10,000 to cover course fees, offer mentoring support, free access to BAFTA events around the UK and also a paid-for work placement with Warner Bros.

“To ensure continued success for the UK’s creative industries, we’re determined to play a key role in finding, funding and nurturing talent from all backgrounds,” said Warner Bros UK Ireland and Spain MD Josh Berger.

“This exciting partnership with BAFTA will help us to do just that by providing opportunities for talented young people to not only learn about, but also experience the broad range of sectors that both organisations are renowned for.”

BAFTA chief exec Amanda Berry added: “BAFTA is delighted to be partnering with Warner Bros. on the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games. Working together, we can provide vital financial support and industry experience to individuals whose talents might otherwise be lost to our industry.

“AFTA’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge believes that everyone deserves a chance to shine, and we are immensely proud he has chosen to be associated with this initiative, which builds upon the existing BAFTA Scholarship Programme. We hope that the scholarship recipients will become the mentors of the future, and be in a position to give back to others from similar backgrounds.”

The news of the Prince William Scholarship follows the announcement yesterday that Warner Bros had invested in a number of initiatives to help spur on the new generation of creative talent in the UK.

The nationwide investment programme includes 12 scholarships at educational institutions six apprenticeships in roles such as post-production and 20 work experiences places for schools nearby Warner Bros’ London HQ.

For more information on the Prince William Scholarships in games, TV and film, visit the official website.

The deadline for applications is June 17th.