British Academy of Film and Television Arts, known for its BAFTA Awards in the UK, but also through its British The Nia Awards Ceremony (the last one at 2019) honors the filmmaker in Los Angeles, announcing the expansion of its awards program in North America.
Thereafter, the organization will present the BAFTA Special Award – “an honorary award for those who, through specific projects and/or their work, have made significant, inspiring and Outstanding Contributors” – throughout the year.
Special award candidates may be proposed by members, industry committees and the BAFTA North America Board of Directors. Presentations will take place at custom events throughout the year, and recipients will receive the iconic BAFTA mask. The first winner is expected to be named soon.
BAFTA has been operating in the United States since its inception in BAFTA Los Angeles in 1987, followed by 1996 of BAFTA New York. The organization now has nearly 2 000 members in North America who can participate in its extensive screening and Q&A program, Tea Party, BAFTA Breakthrough USA, Yugo BAFTA Student Awards, Newcomer to America Program , scholarships, and the Vance Bird Mentorship Program.
Kathryn Busby, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BAFTA North America, said in a statement: “This is an incredibly exciting time for BAFTA as we continue to grow and expand Our awards ceremonies and events. As we expand BAFTA’s mission and activities across North America, creating opportunities to award awards throughout the year and celebrate excellence in more locations is a priority for our Board of Directors this year, so we’re excited to now be able to announce This new direction.”
Matthew Wiseman, Executive Director and Head of North America, BAFTA added: “To be able to capture the same spirit and warmth of the Britannia Awards event, now throughout the awards Honoring the awards at the ceremony and in different cities is an exciting prospect that will allow BAFTA to celebrate those who have made outstanding contributions to our industry in a more impactful and unique way. We also Will be able to use these moments to further inspire future talent across the industry, many of whom in turn will be supported by BAFTA’s many learning, inclusion and talent programs across the globe.”