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BAFTA Creates Hong Kong Scholarships

British film org launches event series, honors Sir Run Run Shaw,

HONG KONG — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to provide four scholarships to enable Hong Kong and UK film-makers to expand their film education.

BAFTA will also present a special award to Sir Run Run Shaw, the 106-year-old founder of the famous Shaw Brothers studios.

Two scholarships, worth GBP20,000 each will be available to UK nationals who undertake post-graduate film courses in Hong Kong. The awards cover course fees, living expenses and also provide an industry mentor.

Two bursaries will also be available from Spring 2014 to Hong Kong residents who study in the UK.

“We are excited to be expanding our successful scholarship program to Hong Kong residents, and to be giving U.K. nationals the chance to learn from their colleagues in Asia,” said BAFTA, CEO, Amanda Berry. “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 organization it is today.” BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly is still home to the Run Run Shaw Theatre.

Shaw Brothers produced over 1,000 films, acquired and developed cinemas around the world, and was a co-producer of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” The prize will be accepted on Sir Run Run’s behalf by his great nephew, and industry executive Darren Shaw at an Academy Circle event at The Peninsula Hong Kong.

Registered as an educational charity organization, BAFTA has overseas outreach units in Los Angeles and New York.

With a remit to “promote the art form of the moving image,” Berry says BAFTA is not yet looking to set up an Asian office, but wants to make sure that its global activities include the region.

“We are already a global organization, with television audiences worldwide for the BAFTA Awards Show, and a presence that is growing through social media,” she said.

“BAFTA is not just about British film-making, but the best of what is available in the U.K., which is a lot and is very international,” said Berry.

As the first of several events to be held in Hong Kong, celebrated British actor Eddie Redmayne will also Wednesday hold an acting master class at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

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