In 1947, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (also known as BAFTA) was founded by a board of directors comprised of important figures in the British film industry.
The decided purpose of BAFTA is to support and promote films and television in the United Kingdom, as well as educate and spotlight rising talents. They also contribute quite a bit of money and attention to video games and animation, something more unique for a major charity that runs award ceremonies.
BAFTA headquarters can be found in London, but there are also branches located in Wales, Scotland, New York and Los Angeles, as the organization’s focus grows increasingly international.
BAFTA Movie Awards
Since 1949, this independent charity has held an annual award ceremony, as well as frequent workshops and lectures that promote talent and diversity in the field.
Through funds received with membership subscriptions, corporate partnerships, and donations, BAFTA runs a number of events throughout the year that include programs such as movie screenings, tributes, interviews, and debates.
The number of events can total as high as 250 per year, meaning this charity is incredibly active in trying to inspire new talent and sharing the experience of seasoned talents.
BAFTA Support for Talents
On top of all that, BAFTA also provides British citizens with the opportunity to receive financial support from them in the form of scholarships. Since 2012, the charity has given out up to £12,000 to each BAFTA Scholar, covering the cost of film and television courses and mentorship.
This is also available to those across the pond, as BAFTA Los Angeles covers financial costs for British graduate students studying abroad in the United States. Recently, scholarships have also been made available to students in China.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts also gives out its own annual awards, which are essentially the equivalent to the American Oscars ceremony. The British Academy Film Awards Ceremony gives awards to the best movies screened in Britain every year, awarding films produced in any country as long as they were shown in British theaters. They also hold yearly Television Awards, Games Awards, and Children’s Awards.
BAFTA in US
In the United States, BAFTA works internationally by producing the annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. The Britannia Awards began 1989 and include such awards as “The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film”and the “’BAFTA Los Angeles Humanitarian Award.”
Bronze Mask Trophy – the “Mask” of BAFTA Awards
Winners of these awards receive the BAFTA Award – a bronze mask trophy with a marble base designed by the American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe. In 2009, the BAFTA Award for Best Film went to Slumdog Millionaire in the 62nd British Academy Film Awards. That same year, the BAFTA for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Heath Ledger for his role in The Dark Knight, receiving the award posthumously just a year after his death.
Most recently, in 2016 the 69th British Academy Film Awards were held at the London Royal Opera House and broadcasted on BBC. The award for Best Film was granted to the 2015 movie The Revenant, and this film swept the board in terms of the rest of the awards as well, with Leonardo Di Caprio winning Best Actor in a Leading Role.
The current President of the Academy is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, of the royal family. He has been President since February 2010. BAFTA has a long history of royalty involved in the academy. The first President of the Society of Film and Television was Prince Phillip back in 1959, and then Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the Princess Royal in 1972. British monarchy has made a point to sponsor the arts, and BAFTA is well-known for their charitable work in promoting rising talent.Tags: BAFTA, British Film Awards, British Television Arts, Scholarships