A film producer and UCA graduate has been awarded a prestigious BAFTA scholarship.
Hannah Cole, who graduated with a BA (Hons) Film Production from UCA Farnham last year, was named the recipient of the £8,000 prize, which will enable her to complete a production management course at the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
“I'm very grateful to be awarded a BAFTA Scholarship, and am hugely honoured to be named a Prince William Scholar through the support of Warner Bros,” Hannah says. “To be supported by such prestigious organisations is a proud achievement and I'm looking forward to seeing what new opportunities will come about as a result.”
The scholarship announcement follows the success of Hannah’s undergraduate films Spilt Milk and Me, the Elephant.
“My working partner Dillon Beagley, who wrote my UCA graduation film, Spilt Milk, and Screen South commission Me, the Elephant, encouraged me to apply to the scheme,” Hannah explains.
“I completed an online application and was asked to attend an interview. I never even thought I'd get an acknowledgement of my application, so to be selected as a Prince William Scholar was definitely a welcomed surprise.
“I'm so proud of how far I've come since school. I started out at UCA doing a foundation degree thinking that I wanted to continue studying Fine Art. I quickly learnt it wasn't for me and after dabbling in Animation for a year, I ended up studying Film Production. During my four years at UCA, I developed so much in confidence. I worked as a student ambassador where I would conduct tours, give presentations for the open days and take care of prospective students on their applicant days.
“My graduation film, Spilt Milk, has been doing really well on the festival circuit, and this led to the commissioning of Me, the Elephant by Screen South Random Acts. I'm really looking forward to the next stages of production managing at NFTS as a Prince William Scholar, and getting my next independent short developed.”
To find out more about Hannah’s work, click here.