BAFTAs Won't Consider Films for Awards Unless They Meet Diversity Standards
The BAFTAs - Britain’s big awards show which is often called the Oscars of England – has just made a huge move in the world of diversity.
Beginning in 2019, the BAFTAs will not even consider movies that don’t reach standards in two of these four categories, with regards to underrepresented groups: on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; project leadership and creative practitioners; industry access and opportunities; and opportunities for diversity in audience development.
These four categories apply to those who are in front of the camera, as well as behind-the-scenes employees.
Note that the only awards that these requirements will apply to are Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, and Producer awards.
The BAFTAs is defining underrepresented groups as those with “minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT,” according to the website.
This year, the BAFTAs are set to take place on Sunday (February 12
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