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Wednesday, May 08 2019 - 06:00
GSA and BAFTA Launch USD 12,000 Student Commissioning Grant
LONDON, May 8, 2019, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Global Student Accommodation (GSA), which is supporting the BAFTA Student Film 
Awards for the second year running, has announced the launch of the BAFTA-GSA 
Short Film Commissioning Grant. With youth wellbeing directly impacting GSA's 
purpose-built student communities across the world, it's hoped that the joint 
initiative will provide filmmakers with a platform to raise awareness and 
encourage change in how wellbeing is understood amongst 15 to 25-year-olds. 

The USD 12,000 commissioning grant will be awarded to one or several student 
filmmakers on the shortlist of the BAFTA Student Film Awards. Successful 
students will be required to use the funds to create a film on the topic of 
wellbeing and will receive overall creative and strategic feedback from BAFTA 
throughout the life of the project.
Judges will be looking to reward original concepts that not only highlight 
youth wellbeing as a central component but also engage through compelling 
stories that present original approaches to tackling the issue. Entrants are 
being encouraged to consider how wellbeing impacts lives and relationships, and 
how positive coping strategies can be used effectively to ease stress and 

Nicholas Porter, Founder and Chairman, Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA) 
said, "The conscientious Gen Z continues to wow the world with its political 
and social awareness, and determination to make our world a better place. 
Positive mental health and student wellbeing are fundamental in enabling this 
and future generations to thrive.  We hope the USD 12,000 BAFTA-GSA Short Film 
Commissioning Grant, which will go towards short film projects specifically 
addressing wellbeing amongst 15-25 year olds, will help raise further awareness 
of a vital issue. We look forward to supporting those that are awarded the 
grant and hope they gain invaluable creative and strategic input for their 
projects from BAFTA."

"We take immense pride in our unwavering support of emerging student filmmakers 
from around the globe year-round," said BAFTA LA CEO, Chantal Rickards. "We are 
delighted that this year, we will not only be able to recognize students' 
achievements, but also fund a deserving student film project with the BAFTA-GSA 
Commissioning Grant. Mental health and wellbeing are continuously misunderstood 
the world over, and we're confident that the talented young filmmakers on the 
BAFTA Student Film Awards shortlist will demonstrate highly imaginative, bold 
and compelling ways of tackling it." 

The news comes after the world leader in university student living launched an 
award-winning 9-pillar framework designed to provide unrivalled in-residence 
services to support students during what can be vulnerable transitions in their 
lives; raise awareness of potential catalysts for stress; and teach students 
the skills and resilience to overcome them. By the end of 2019, 30,000 students 
globally will have access to the programme.

Applications for the BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant will be taken 
until 4 June 2019. Successful students will be notified at the end of June, 
before being presented with their grants at the BAFTA Student Film Awards in 
Los Angeles on 9 July.
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