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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the 15 finalists for the 2023 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards. This year, a record-breaking 754 submissions were received from 103 schools across 30 countries and included narrative film, animation, documentary, 360 videos, Experiential VR, VR Games and PC Games.
The two-night event will take place on July 26 at The London West Hollywood where the finalist films will be screened, and the finale ceremony will take place on July 27 at Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District, hosted by actor Elliot Knight. The program will also feature networking receptions and screenings in New York, as well as industry meetings and experiences for the finalists.
“The Yugo BAFTA Student Awards provide an important platform for collegiate filmmakers and creatives from all across the globe to showcase their talents and artistry. They are making their voices heard and we are honored and thrilled to help amplify and celebrate this new generation of storytellers,” said BAFTA North America chair of the board, Kathryn Busby.
“We’re proud to be supporting tomorrow’s young talent through our long-term partnership with BAFTA,” Rui Barros, global CEO at Yugo said. “This is an extraordinary platform that nurtures and celebrates the future of filmmaking. It’s an honor to witness the passion, creativity and dedication of these young students who are shaping the industry with their unique perspectives. Congratulations to all the finalists who have showcased their exceptional talent and storytelling abilities. Your accomplishments inspire us all, and we eagerly anticipate the incredible journeys that lie ahead for each and every one of you. Good luck.”
Local nominees include Majiye Uchibeke from the University of Southern California for “I Am More Dangerous Dead” in the documentary category. Also from USC, You Liang is nominated for the game “Crab Rhaposody (Vol. 1)” and in the immeserve category Cameron Kostopoulos is nominated for “Body of Mine.” From the American Film Institute, Tari Wariebi is nominated for her live action film “We Were Meant To.”
For information, visit bafta.org and yugo.com.
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