THE BRITISH Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced new diversity standards for two of its main film prizes, as well as tweaking membership requirements to allow more flexibility for new candidates.
Beginning in 2019, the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer categories will adhere to the diversity standards set out by the British Film Institute. This means that productions will need to demonstrate that they have worked to increase the representation of under-represented groups in two of the four following areas: On screen representation, themes and narratives; project leadership and creative practitioners; industry access and opportunities; and opportunities for diversity in audience development.
These changes from BAFTA demonstrates the intention to increase representation, following BFI and leading British film producers actively exploring minority groups in the film industry.
BAFTA has found that its initiatives have already effected change. The latest intake of 375 new members during 2016 is 43% female, 18% from minority ethnic groups, and has a median age of 44. That’s compared to the previous intake which found that 41% of respondents who chose to answer the question were female, 13% were from minority ethnic groups, and had a median age of 52.