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BAFTA unveils rule changes, dates for 2022 awards ceremonies

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the dates for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2022 ceremonies, and ...
October 4, 2021

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the dates for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2022 ceremonies, and unveiled some updated rules following its annual review.

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will be handed out on May 8, 2022, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be held on April 24, 2022. Nominations will be announced on March 30.

The BAFTA Television Committee also conducts a review of all awards categories, and made some key changes this year:

Line producers, production managers and heads of production are now eligible for consideration, and can formally have their work recognized alongside other members of the production team deemed to have had the most creative input.

Following a successful pilot of the BFI Diversity Standards in 2020, the standards were formally implemented for the 2021 awards, with entrants having to meet at least one of the four criteria: on-screen representation, themes and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; or audience development. For the 2022 awards, entrants will need to fulfil two criteria –  industry access and opportunities, and one other. This change underlines BAFTA’s commitment to ensuring nominations for the Television Awards are as representative as possible.

For the 2022 awards, BAFTA Television will also pilot sustainability requirements for entrants. This won’t affect their eligibility for the 2022 awards, but it will inform plans for the inclusion of eligibility criteria in future years. The BAFTA albert consortium is the screen industry authority on environmental sustainability, and all of BAFTA’s awards ceremonies are albert certified.

UK performers (as defined in the updated rules and guidelines) appearing in shows only eligible for the International category will individually be eligible for the performance categories.

Nominees in the international category will increase from four to six, acknowledging the growing number of entrants considered annually, which covers both scripted and unscripted shows.

And finally, international members can now vote across all applicable Television and Television Craft categories, with voting rights of members based in the U.S. and overseas extended from four categories to all categories from 2022 onwards, reflecting greater access to content for overseas members.

“The progress being made to better represent a broader range of stories and voices on screen and to be properly inclusive and open to talent irrespective of background, was evident in the range of outstanding work and individuals recognized in the Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards and Television Craft Awards earlier this year,” said Sara Putt, deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of the BAFTA Television Committee, in a release.

“Each year we consult with the industry and review our rules and eligibility criteria to ensure our awards not only reflect an evolving global industry but also help drive positive change, and this year I’m proud that we are stepping up our consultation with the industry on environmental sustainability with a view to formally adopting requirements from 2023 that will ensure a more sustainable industry for all.”

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