British Academy Film Awards

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British Academy Film Awards
68th British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards logo.svg
Awarded for The best in film
Country United Kingdom
First awarded 1947
Official website

The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is often considered to be the British counterpart of the Academy Awards.[1][2][3] As of 2008, it has taken place in Central London at the Royal Opera House, the latter having taken over from the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square. The 67th British Academy Film Awards took place on 16 February 2014.[4]


British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy, by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell and others. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television, which eventually became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976.

BAFTA's stated charitable purpose is to "support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public". In addition to high profile awards ceremonies BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events including film screenings and tribute evenings. BAFTA is supported by a membership of about 6,000 people from the film, television and video game industries.

The Academy's awards are in the form of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe, which was commissioned by the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.

Annual ceremony[edit]

The location for the 2008 ceremony.

The ceremony previously took place in April or May and since 2002 it takes place in February in order to precede the Oscars. The awards are mostly open to all nationalities, though there is an award for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. Only UK films are eligible for the categories of The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards.

The Awards ceremony is delayed broadcast on British television the same evening (usually BBC One), and across the world.


From 2000 to 2007 the ceremonies took place at the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square. As of 2008, the ceremonies take place at the Royal Opera House.


Until 2012, the mobile network Orange sponsored the awards and starting in 2013 Orange's parent company, EE, began sponsorship.

Awards categories (competitive)[edit]

Retired awards[edit]

Other Awards (non-competitive)[edit]

In Memoriam Section[edit]

During the ceremony, BAFTA pauses to pay tribute to those in the industry who died over the previous twelve months, with a montage of images accompanied by music.

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