BAFTA Awards

England, UK


  • The British Academy Film Awards are the major film awards held in Great Britain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


60 Seconds of Fame - Best Film

60 Seconds of Fame - Best Regional Film

Academy Fellowship

Alan Clarke Award

Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

Anthony Asquith Award for Best New British Composer (TV)

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Audience Award

Audience Award (TV)

BAFTA Children's Award

BAFTA Film Award

BAFTA Games Award

BAFTA Interactive Award

BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award

  • The BAFTA Television Awards recognize and reward excellence in British Television. The first television awards were presented in 1954 but were merged into one Awards ceremony incorporating both Film and Television in 1969. Since 1998 the ceremony is again being separated with Film and Television having their own set of awards.

Breakthrough Brits

Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer

Certificate of Merit

David Lean Award for Direction

Dennis Potter Award

EE Rising Star Award

Flaherty Documentary Award

Flaherty Documentary Award (TV)

Foreign TV Program Award

Kids' Vote

Lew Grade Award

Lloyds Bank People's Vote for the Most Popular Film

Michael Balcon Award

Mullard Award

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

Richard Dimbleby Award

Rising Star Award
  • The award has been inaugurated in honor of casting director Mary Selway and replaces the Orange Film of the Year award (Audience Award).

Shell International Award

Special Award

Special Award (Children's)

Sunday Times Reader Award for Games

Technical Craft Award (TV)
  • Before BAFTA introduced technical categories, this generic award had been handed out.

UN Award

Writers' Award (Children's)

Writers' Award (TV)

eSports Audience Award

Historical Timeline

  • 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.

  • The BAFTA Film Awards are televised for the first time.

  • For the first time since 1968 a stand-alone television awards ceremony is held.
  • For the first time in 29 years, there are two separate ceremonies, one for film and one for television.

  • The stand-alone television craft awards ceremony is introduced.

  • Over 24,000 votes are cast.

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