Nine finalists selected from expanded international field of 469 entries from 35 countries.
LOS ANGELES -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, presented by Global Student Accommodation (GSA) in a gala ceremony and presentation at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles this past Friday, June 29th.
The Student Film Awards is a global BAFTA initiative, and a key component to BAFTA’s year-round commitment to discovering and supporting new talents and career starters, whatever their background, race or gender.
The BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA was awarded to Beth David and Esteban Bravo from Ringling College of Art and Design for In a Heartbeat. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Lucia Bulgheroni from National Film and Television School, U.K. for Inanimate. In addition, The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Lindsey Parietti from the University of the West of England, U.K. for Blood Island. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Kevin Wilson Jr. from New York University for My Nephew Emmett.
The panel of industry luminaries included Amy Adrion (Half the Picture), Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal, Rust Creek), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Cool Runnings), Kim Yutani (Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival) and writing duo Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais (The Commitments, Flushed Away).
Following the international expansion of the Awards in 2017, this year’s nine finalists were selected from 469 submissions by students at film schools in 35 countries across the world, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
"Making a film is an amazing journey. What I learned most is that you have to trust yourself, because when you do that, it is actually when you start to be satisfied by yourself and make great things,” said Special Jury Prize winner Lucia Bulgheroni.
For the first time this year, Global Student Accommodation (GSA) Group sponsored the Student Film Awards. Animation studio LAIKA continued as the official sponsor of the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation. The BAFTA Student Film Awards competition is part of the organization’s growing international footprint, which seeks to foster strong talent connections across the U.K., U.S, Asia and beyond. The initiative also includes a curated season of events, seminars and meetings for the finalists, as well as year-round access to educational programming across the US and UK.
The expansion also furthers BAFTA Los Angeles’ work within its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign will drive funds towards BAFTA Los Angeles’ acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.
In 2017, the first-ever BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA resulted in a tie between Alicia Jasina from USC for Once Upon a Line and Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu from the Ringling College of Art & Design for The Wishgranter.