BAFTA To Offer Scholarships In Hong Kong, Special Award For Sir Run Run Shaw

James Marsh, Asian Editor
During the first ever week of BAFTA events in Hong Kong, CEO Amanda Berry has announced new scholarships for UK nationals to study Film & TV in Hong Kong, as well as scholarships for Hong Kong permanent residents to study in the UK. 

On the same day, BAFTA is also awarding its first ever Special Award in Asia - to the 106-year-old founder of Shaw Studios, Sir RunRun Shaw CBE, in recognition of outstanding contribution to cinema. The award will be presented to his great nephew, Darren Shaw, at a special ceremony at the Penninsula Hotel in Kowloon later this evening.

Yesterday saw the first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board, who will advise on a range of activities to encourage greater collaboration in film, television and games industries between the UK and Asia.

From the press release:

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in Hong Kong is the latest addition to BAFTA's established scholarship programmes in the UK and the US for those in need of financial assistance, and is designed to support UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange. A minimum of four scholarships will be available: Two to UK nationals to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games in Hong Kong; each scholarship will provide up to £10,000 towards one year's course fees, a £10,000 bursary for living expenses, the support of an industry mentor, and free access to BAFTA events. Applications are now open at http://bit.ly/BAFTA-HKScholarships. A further two scholarships will be available for permanent residents of Hong Kong to study at an industry-recognised UK institution; the students will receive the same benefits as UK scholarship recipients, but with up to £20,000 towards one year's course fees. Applications will open in spring 2014, and Hong Kong residents can register their interest now at http://bit.ly/BAFTA-HKScholarships.

On the same day as announcing the support for industry newcomers, BAFTA will present a Special Award to Sir Run Run Shaw CBE, founder of the globally recognised Shaw Studios, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinema. The Shaw Brothers produced over 1,000 films, acquired and developed cinemas around the world, and invested in a number of co-productions, most notably the classic Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. Darren Shaw, great nephew of Sir Run Run, will collect the award on his behalf at an Academy Circle event for local supporters of BAFTA's charitable mission in Asia, at The Peninsula Hong Kong this evening.

It will be a historic moment for BAFTA: At 106 years old, Sir Run Run Shaw will become the oldest recipient of a BAFTA award, and it will also be the first time a Special Award has been presented in Asia.

Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, said: "We are excited to be expanding our successful scholarship programme to Hong Kong residents, and to be giving UK nationals the chance to learn from their colleagues in Asia. It is wonderful that, at a time when we are supporting the future of our industries through cross-cultural collaboration, we can also celebrate our historic links with the region through Sir Run Run Shaw, whose own generous donation in the late 1970s helped BAFTA grow into the organisation it is today. At the time BAFTA paid tribute to his generosity by naming a theatre at our London headquarters in his honour, which still bears his name."

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