The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a British organization that awards awards to films, television programs and interactive media once a year.
About the organization
BAFTA was founded on 16 April 1947 as the British Film Academy. Its founders were a number of famous film artists, including David Lean, Carol Reed, Alexandre Korda and Laurence Olivier. The goal of the organization was to strengthen the film industry, which weakened after the Second World War. In 1958, the academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors, and in 1976 it finally became BAFTA.
The headquarters of the organization is located in Piccadilly, London, and the award itself has the form of a bronze mask modeled after the theater. BAFTA today has 6,500 members and is financed through subscriptions, individual donations and various foundations and partnerships. Amanda Berry has been the executive director of the organization since 2000, and the current president is Prince William.
Since 2008, the BAFTA award ceremony has been held at the Royal Opera House in London. Until 2002, the award was given in April or May, but the ceremony was moved to February, to precede the Oscars. To be considered, a film must be screened in the UK no later than seven days before the awards. BAFTAs for film are currently awarded in the following categories:
The BAFTA awards for the best television programs are usually held in April or May, and the award is presented in the following categories:
BAFTA Awards Database