An up-and-coming producer from Harrogate has been awarded a prestigious £12,000 scholarship backed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Warner Bros to fund future studies and ambitions.
Emily Dring, 25, is one of only three people in the country to receive the BAFTA & Warner Bros. Prince William Scholarship in Film, Television and Games. Emily graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in French Language and Literature last year, and has since worked as a communications intern while building up a producing portfolio of independent short films in her spare time.
The scholarship will fund Emily’s Masters in Producing at The National Film and Television School, which she begins in January next year. Passionate about raising aspirations for students from underrepresented backgrounds, Emily is very proud of her achievement.
She said: “It feels overwhelming in the best possible way, it makes me feel more motivated than ever. Having this support and knowing that my hard work has been recognised by someone else makes it particularly special.
“I have been really intrigued by working behind the scenes from as young as I can remember. I would often spend longer watching behind the scenes bits of films than watching the actual film itself.
“Producing brings out the two quite opposite sides to me. There’s the storytelling side but also my logistical and practical side in leadership roles.
“I really hope to make something around the Harrogate area because it is so beautiful, it’s an ideal place to shoot in and get some really good shots."
Emily will enjoy support from industry mentors, access to events and workshops, and a work placement in a Warner Bros. company. She recently attended a reception at the BAFTA headquarters in London to meet former and current scholars, as well as the UK Managing Director of Warner Bros, an experience Emily said was “really exciting”.