Los Angeles -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced a new university graduate scholarship program, the Pigott/BAFTA Scholarships. The scholarships will support British university graduate students studying at accredited graduate schools in the U.S. in filmmaking programs leading to a Masters Degree. Applications can be obtained on the BAFTA Los Angeles website (www.baftala.org). The scholarships are funded by a $1 million endowment from industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Mark Pigott KBE.
Mr. Donald Haber, Executive Director & COO of BAFTA LA, said, “I would like to thank Mr. Pigott for his visionary leadership in conceiving and funding this scholarship program. This is the largest scholarship program in the history of BAFTA and will contribute to the development of the next generation of leaders in the film industry.” Since the organization’s inception in 1987, the BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program has been successful in supporting British graduate students complete their education at USA University film schools.
Mr. Mark Pigott KBE, Executive Chairman, PACCAR Inc (www.paccar.com) shared, “My family is pleased to partner with BAFTA to establish this important scholarship program that will provide opportunities for talented men and women to pursue their dreams of working in the film industry. The scholarships will support the entire range of production roles that are vital to the success of moving image projects. It is wonderful that we are able to celebrate the strong bonds of entrepreneurship and artistry between the UK and the USA.”
Mr. Pigott has been honored for his contributions to education, the arts, and social services, with the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), the Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium), The Officer of the Orange-Nassau (Netherlands) and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary).
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
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