Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.

BAFTA has announced that it will offer scholarships to enable Chinese and British nationals to study film, television or games as an international student in the UK or China.

According to BAFTA, the new scholarships - which form part of the organisation’s growing push into education - are designed to encourage collaboration and cultural exchange between British and Asian practitioners in the creative industries.

In addition to financial support, the scholarship recipients will receive mentoring from industry professionals and access to BAFTA events.

Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA, commented: “Following the success of our scholarships in the UK, US and most recently Hong Kong, we are delighted to extend this opportunity to exceptional individuals across China at the start of their careers. The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in China will enable emerging Chinese and British practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other, for the benefit of the film, television and games industries in both countries.”

Applications will open in 2016.

The news comes as a BFI-led industry delegation is in China to strengthen ties between the two industries.