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10 June 14
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.
BAFTA’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.
BAFTA’s Hong Kong activities are 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 BAFTA Scholarship Programme in Hong Kong is supporting UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange by inviting UK nationals to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games in Hong Kong, and permanent residents of Hong Kong to study at a UK institution. There are two programmes currently open; one for UK nationals to study in Hong Kong, and one for Hong Kong residents to study in the UK.
Academy Circle and Masterclass with Duncan Kenworthy
26 March 2014
On Wednesday 26 March, BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Duncan Kenworthy OBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually) gave a masterclass on his craft to students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In the evening he spoke at an intimate Academy Circle event at The Peninsula Hong Kong, for local supporters of BAFTA’s mission in Asia.
Afternoon Tea and Networking
24 March 2014
BAFTA hosted the second meeting of its Hong Kong Advisory Board and welcomed some of the most exciting new filmmaking talent from Asia and the UK to an Afternoon Tea networking event. Attendees included director Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo), actor Jamie Campbell Bower and Hong Kong born actress Celina Jade.
BAFTA Opens BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarships On Return Visit To Hong Kong
24 March 2014
In March 2014 BAFTA returned to Hong Kong to host further activities including talks by BAFTA-winning producer Duncan Kenworthy OBE, and a New Talent Afternoon Tea. We are also now accepting applications from Hong Kong residents in need of financial assistance to study in the UK.
3 December 2013
BAFTA presented a Special Award to Sir Run Run Shaw CBE, founder of the globally recognised Shaw Studios, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinema. The award was accepted by Darren Shaw at a presentation event attended by Eddie Redmayne, in Hong Kong.
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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