Our Membership of some 6,500 industry practitioners makes the Academy unique.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is comprised of members in the UK and around the world, the large majority of whom are creatives and professionals working in the film, television and video games industries. Over the last several years, the Academy's membership has grown dramatically. We have developed a broader, more inclusive, more engaged membership that better reflects the ways our industries are evolving.
We would like to continue in that same vein, fine-tuning our voting membership by, as always, putting achievement and expertise first but also by focussing on technical areas we feel are under-represented. To do that effectively, and to maintain the high standard of debate within the Academy community, we took a decision in January 2005 to place an overall cap of 6500 on the worldwide voting membership. The cap comprises two separate ceilings of 5000 in the UK and 1500 in the US. Our current numbers already stand close to that number but we will continue to welcome and review membership applications each year, with decisions about individual applications made as part of our annual renewal period.
VOTING Voting members are responsible for making suggestions and voting for the relevant Annual Awards. In addition, all Full members have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and for the election of Council and Sector Committees.
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS The Academy organises a regular programme of events around the UK, as well as in Los Angeles and New York. This includes feature film and television screenings plus lectures, debates, masterclasses, networking evenings and other industry-related functions. All of these are open to Full members at no charge or at preferential rates.
A member may bring one guest to screenings and events unless previously indicated with the specific event details.
Advance information on all screenings and events is posted on the Academy website. Further screening and events information is included in a regular members email newsletter.
CLUB FACILITIES Full members may make use of the bar and restaurant at 195 Piccadilly in London. Members also get preferential rates on hire of the Princess Anne Theatre and meeting rooms.
For use of the club facilities, a member may bring up to three guests, whose names must be signed in the Visitor's Book. Members wishing to bring more than three guests should make arrangements in advance with the General Manager.
AWARDS TICKETS Tickets to our Awards ceremonies are available to Full members at preferential rates.
MEMBER OFFERS Our partners will often make special offers for our members. This currently includes free access to several UK cinema chains.