- The British Academy Film Awards are the major film awards held in Great Britain.
- The British Film Academy was formed on 16th April 1947 in a hotel room at the Hyde Park Hotel by a group of the most eminent men in British film, under the chairmanship of David Lean.
- The first awards, designed by Henry Moore, were statues in the form of a large, bronze, seated lady valued at UK £550 each at the time, but of great value today.
- In 1958 the British Film Academy merged with the Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form the Society of Film and Television Arts.
- In 1976, the Academy was renamed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
- Since 1998, the event has been sponsored by the mobile phone company, Orange, with the ceremony's name changed officially to the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2000.
Time Specification: regular
Geographic Specification: national
AwardsBAFTA Film Award
1963: In the middle of the 1963 film award ceremony, a mysterious announcement requests that all ITN and BBC News employees at the ceremony return to their studios. At the end of the ceremony, guests discover that US president Kennedy has been assassinated.
1967: The BAFTA Film Awards are televised for the first time.
1998: For the first time in 29 years, there are two separate ceremonies, one for film and one for television.
Michael Balcon Award
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
David Lean Award for Direction
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer
Flaherty Documentary Award
Rising Star Award
An industry jury pre-selects five nominees 18 to 32 years of age, two of which must be British. The winner will be decided on by a public vote.
The award recognizes a young actor or actress of any nationality who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition and has begun to capture the imagination of the British public. Nominees must also have performed a breakthrough role in a movie released in the awards year.
The public votes on a shortlist of the year's top 10 grossing films.
60 Seconds of Fame - Best Film
60 Seconds of Fame - Best Regional Film
2009: Over 24,000 votes are cast.
John Grierson Award
Certificate of Merit
BAFTA Short Film Award
Given: 1959-1968, 1977-
In previous years the category was open to international work. However, in 1998 (for films made in 1997 only) due to the dramatic increase in short film production and in order to encourage new British film makers, the award will only be open to British/UK productions. That does not affect the animated short film category.
BAFTA TV Award
1998: For the first time since 1968 a stand-alone television awards ceremony is held.
2000: The stand-alone television craft awards ceremony is introduced.
Flaherty Documentary Award (TV)
Writers' Award (TV)
Technical Craft Award (TV)
Anthony Asquith Award for Best New British Composer (TV)
Audience Award (TV)
Shell International Award
Lew Grade Award
The award is voted for by the readers of radiotimes, listeners to BBC Local radio and viewers of GMTV (as of 1999).
Foreign TV Program Award
Alan Clarke Award
Richard Dimbleby Award
Dennis Potter Award
TV Award for Originality
BAFTA Children's Award
Writers' Award (Children's)
Special Award (Children's)
BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award
BAFTA Interactive Award
BAFTA Games Award
Sunday Times Readers Award (Games)
EE Rising Star Award