Broadcast Film Critics Association

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Broadcast Film Critics Association
Formation 1995; 19 years ago (1995)
President Joey Berlin
Board of Directors John De Simio, Jim Ferguson, Mark Ramsey, Sara Voorhees
Affiliations Broadcast Television Journalists Association (since 2011)
Website bfca.org

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is an association of approximately 250 television, radio and online critics. Founded in 1995, it is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada;[1] It is perhaps best known for presenting the Critics' Choice Movie Awards each year since 1995.

The BFCA also sponsors criticschoice.com, an interview and community website, and selects a Film of the Month and recommends other films throughout the year, based on the cumulative grades each film receives in the monthly balloting.

Membership[edit]

BFCA members are "working critics whose reviews are broadcast on a regular basis to a wide audience, either on television, on radio, or (in special cases) on the internet"; more specific requirements must be met by radio- and internet-based critics:[2]

  • Radio film critics "must be heard in at least five markets in addition to their primary radio station, unless their primary outlet is in a major city" such as New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Toronto
  • Internet-based critics must be "well-known print critics as well, or among the few internet critics whose reviews are read by a large enough audience", are "easily accessible on their site" and "identified as the site's primary critic"

According to the Los Angeles Times, the BFCA is "largely composed of online bloggers and obscure movie reviewers".[3]

Charity work[edit]

A portion of the proceeds from the best tables at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards is donated to charities such as the Starlight Children's Foundation and Heifer International.[4]

Broadcast Television Journalists Association[edit]

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) launched in 2011 as an offshoot of the BFCA. The BTJA presented its first awards at a ceremony luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in June 2011. Cat Deeley hosted the event.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About the Critics from the Broadcast Film Critics Association website
  2. ^ "BFCA/BTJA – Application for Membership". Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  3. ^ Horn, John; Sperling, Nicole (January 29, 2013). "Countdown to the Oscars: Argo, Lincoln wage distinct campaigns". Los Angeles Times. The night he was snubbed for the directing Oscar, for example, Affleck and "Argo" won the directing and best picture prizes from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., a group largely composed of online bloggers and obscure movie reviewers. No matter how marginal the organization, Affleck appeared genuinely appreciative of its attention. 
  4. ^ Blair, Iain (January 12, 2012). "Org observes Haitian earthquake anniversary". Variety. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 'The best tables (at our show) always come at a premium price where the extra money goes to the charities,' reports BFCA prexy Joey Berlin. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2010). "Critics' Choice Television Awards Land TV, Online Distribution, Tap Host". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 

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