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How to Apply

Interested in becoming an Academy member? Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Please read the following page in full before submitting an application.

As membership is capped (see below) there are only a limited number of places available each year. However, we encourage people working across the industries to put themselves forward so that we have the widest possible pool to consider when we allocate available places.

Please note, we do not currently have any film awards voting spaces available. Subsequently, successful applicants in 2016 will not be allocated film voting rights upon joining.

  • The deadline for applications for individuals working in Film and Television is 31 March each year.

We're particularly keen to increase the number of members working in Games development, and as such applications from individuals working in the Games sector are considered at three points in the year, and may be sent in at any time. The next deadline for Games Applications is 15 October 2015.

All applications for full voting membership of the Academy should be sent to the London office.

Eligibility for Full BAFTA Membership

All applicants must currently work and have at least five years professional experience in a creative, technical or executive role directly related to the production of either:

  • feature films theatrically distributed in the UK.
  • television programming made and broadcast in the UK.
  • video games distributed in the UK.

Applicants who are based outside the UK, must in addition satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • be a British Citizen.
  • have been born in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • be actively working on and making a creative contribution to UK productions fulfilling the criteria listed above.
  • work for a UK broadcaster, distributor, production company or industry body.
  • have won or been nominated for a British Academy Film Award, British Academy Television Award, British Academy Children’s Award, British Academy Video Games Award or a Britannia Award.

In addition, all applicants must be deemed to have made a significant contribution to the industry by the relevant Sector Committee. The committees will consider such factors as:

  • credits on productions which are of a recognisably high standard or which are considered particularly ground-breaking or innovative.
  • a large number of significant credits or a long career in the industry
  • nominations for major awards
  • a professional qualification relating to a technical field
  • membership of a relevant professional guild

Please note that the qualifications for membership outlined above are the minimum criteria necessary for eligibility; meeting them does not guarantee membership. In addition, the Board of Trustees reserve the right to accept people who do not meet the above criteria in exceptional circumstances.

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Applicants must be proposed and seconded by two current Full members of BAFTA. Section 4 of the form should be signed by the two members, one of whom should give a short reference outlining the applicant's contribution to the industry (this can be submitted on a separate sheet if preferred). The proposer and seconder must be familiar with the applicant's professional experience.
(This requirement is waived for applicants who have been named nominees for British Academy Film, Television, Television Craft, Games or Children's Awards. Nominees should search their name in our awards database; please contact the Membership Dept before applying if your name returns no results)

Applicants must supply a current CV with their applications. A photograph is also requested.

We also ask that applicants complete a diversity monitoring form. This information is not made available to the committees, and no decisions are based on this information.
Please note, the application requests that candidates provide their date of birth. This information is optional, and is not used as the basis for any membership decisions

If you would like to find out how you can apply for membership in 2016, please email [email protected]

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The Membership Cap

The Academy’s voting membership was capped in 2005. Consequently, the Academy can only take a limited number of new members each year.

Whilst we seek individuals who have made a significant contribution to the film, television and video games industries, we also aim to ensure we have a balance of experts from a wide variety of technical disciplines. This means we do sometimes have to turn down applications from areas where we may be over-represented, or when we simply do not have any spaces available for new members.

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Voting Rights and Restrictions

Full members have the right to register to vote in any of our award ceremonies for which they feel qualified by their professional experience.

However, the number of members voting in the Film Awards is capped, and as a result, new members may not be given the option to vote in the Film Awards immediately upon joining.

Film voting places will be allocated to existing members as they become available. When allocating film voting places, priority will be given to those working in Film and particularly to those working in areas currently under-represented within the Film Voting Membership.

In addition, members based outside the UK are currently only able to vote in four categories for the Television Awards (Mini-Series, International, Single Documentary and Single Drama), and two categories for the Children's Awards (International and Feature Film).
Members based outside the UK can not currently vote in any categories of the Television Craft Awards.

There are currently no restrictions on voting in the Video Games Awards.

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Full/Branch membership

Further information for applicants in Scotland, Wales and the USA

We also have branches in Scotland, Wales, Los Angeles and New York, who each run their own programme of screenings and events.

Individuals accepted for Full membership who are based in Scotland, Wales or the USA, will also be members of the relevant branch, and will hold all additional rights and benefits of Branch membership in addition to those of Full membership. This includes voting in the UK branch awards, and participating in Branch Board and Committee elections.

Applicants in Scotland, Wales or the USA who are not accepted for Full membership, may be offered a non-voting membership of the relevant branch; applicants should indicate whether this of interest on their application form.

Applicants who only wish to apply for non-voting membership with the Branch, should apply directly to the relevant branch office; please see the relevant branch site for more detail. Please note that both BAFTA Scotland and BAFTA Wales now have Associate memberships which include all the benefits of Full membership apart from those directly linked to voting in the Awards. (Links in the "More sites" menu at the top of this page)

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Annual Full Membership Rates 2014/15

General £420.00

Regions Applies to individuals living and working more than 60 miles (as the crow flies) from 195 Piccadilly in London £280.00

Wales/Scotland Applies to individuals based in Wales or Scotland. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch £280.00

Los Angeles/ New York For individuals who are based in the USA. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch. US Branch members pay their fees to the relevant branch office. Please note these rates are not confirmed for 2014/15 and may be increased. $300 (New York rate) /
$350 (Los Angeles rate)

Overseas For individuals primarily based in countries other than the UK or USA £280.00

A joining fee of £150.00 ($150 in the US) will be charged to new members in addition to their subscription fees. This additional fee is waived for successful applicants who have been nominated for a BAFTA Award.

(All rates are inclusive of VAT where applicable)

Members are encouraged to set up direct debits for their fees. Members who choose to pay by other methods may be charged an additional administration fee of £25.

Please do not send payment with your application

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