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03 December 13
Find out more about our activity in Hong Kong that will bring together both British and Asian talent.
Excellence. In a word, this is what the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is all about, through its support, promotion and development of the film, television and games industries. We celebrate it, through our internationally renowned Awards ceremonies. We champion it, through an array of events, platforms and forums with the best practitioners in the business. We nurture it, through our innovative new and aspiring talent initiatives. We safeguard it, through our invaluable heritage work. And, as the leading UK charity supporting the moving image art forms, we actively promote it for the benefit and appreciation of all.
With a significant presence in the UK and US already established, BAFTA is looking to extend its mission to Asia through Hong Kong. We wish to celebrate the wealth of talent that exists in Asia by giving opportunities to talented newcomers, showcasing world-renowned talent and encouraging mutual collaboration between practitioners.
Sir Run Run Shaw with a replica BAFTA on a visit to London in 1978. BAFTA/ ArchiveBAFTA’s relationship with Asia is not new. Our Awards have celebrated the work of Wong Kar-Wai, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh, among others. And last year, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima gave our Annual Games Lecture.
There’s also a permanent marker of our affiliation with Asia, and the Hong Kong film industry in particular, at BAFTA’s headquarters - home of its 6,500 worldwide membership - at 195 Piccadilly in London. In 1977, Hong Kong cinema legend Sir Run Run Shaw CBE gave BAFTA a sizable donation to help develop a permanent site for BAFTA members to meet and enjoy screenings and industry events in professional, all-purpose built surroundings. In recognition, we named one of our theatres after him. The Run Run Shaw theatre was opened in March 1978 by then BAFTA President HRH Princess Anne in the presence of Sir Run Run, and is still very much in use today.
From the Archive
Read the original letter written by then Academy President Lord Richard Attenborough, in which he announces 'with the greatest possible pleasure' the naming of BAFTA's Run Run Shaw Theatre.
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On 3 December 2013, BAFTA presented a Special Award to Sir Run Run , in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinema. Darren Shaw, great nephew of Sir Run Run, collected the award on his behalf at an Academy Circle event for local supporters of BAFTA’s charitable mission in Asia, at The Peninsula Hong Kong. The Shaw Brothers produced over 1,000 films, acquired and developed cinemas around the world, and invested in a number of co-productions, most notably the classic Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott.
The award presentation was a historic moment for BAFTA: At 106 years old, Sir Run Run Shaw became the oldest recipient of a BAFTA award, and it is also the first time a Special Award has been presented in Asia.
BAFTA’s activity in Hong Kong kicked off at the Clockenflap Festival (29 November – 1 December), where we played our BAFTA Shorts film . This feature-length selection of the nominated short live action and animated films from the EE British Academy Film Awards included the 2013 winner The Making Of Longbird .
Then, on December 3, we hosted an Academy Circle
event with celebrated actor Eddie Redmayne
Redmayne followed this with a masterclass on acting at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts on December 4.
BAFTA also announced its first Scholarship Programme in Hong Kong. Targeted at postgraduate students, the initiative has already proven to be very successful in the UK and US. It provides financial, vocational and practical to aid promising students committed to a screen career to complete their studies.
Additional Hong Kong events and initiatives for 2014 are being planned for March/April 2014.
BAFTA’s Hong Kong activities will be overseen by an Advisory Board. Pooling some of the best minds from the UK and Asian film, television and games industries, the Advisory Board comprises of Jonathan Caplan QC (Chair), Claire Breen Melwani, Kevin Burke, Peter Chan, Josie Ho, Shu Kei, Duncan Kenworthy OBE, Levina Li-Cadman, Peter Loehr, John McLellan, Sandra Ng, William Pfeiffer, Darren Shaw, Nansun Shi, Yat Siu, Fred Wang and Katherine Yip.
The Advisory Board will use BAFTA’s considerable talent pool of approximately 6,500 members and our unrivaled network of industry professionals to encourage new talent, inspire emerging practitioners and stimulate creative collaboration between the UK and Asia. By doing so, BAFTA aims to drive standards across our industries ever higher. Excellence remains the watchword.
BAFTA announces new scholarships for UK nationals and Hong Kong residents, and the presentation of a BAFTA Special Award to Sir Run Run Shaw CBE.
BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry spoke to the Wall Street Journal the Academy's plans to build better ties in Asia.
We have announced a series of events in Hong Kong to take place in December as well as establishing an advisory board with leading industry figures, overseeing BAFTA's ambitions to expand its charitable activity in Hong Kong and beyond.
Fundraising Event in Hong Kong
On 31 August BAFTA held a fundraising event at British Consul General's residence in Hong Kong attended by the cast and crew of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as well as representatives from Hong Kong based charity, FilmAid.
BAFTA is grateful to the official partners of the BAFTA in Asia initiative for their generous support.
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