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How to Apply

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

Joining as a Film or Television Full member

The deadline for applications for individuals working in Film and Television is 31 March each year but you can submit your application all year round. All applications are considered by the board once a year in May and you will be contacted in May - June if you have been successful.

Please note that we are unable to provide unsuccessful applicants with individual feedback. Please see below for information about registering to vote in our award ceremonies.

Find out more information on how to apply below.

Joining as a Games Full member

We're particularly keen to increase the number of members working in games, and as such applications from individuals working in the sector are considered throughout the year, and may be sent in at any time.

You can read a summary of the benefits available to games members here.


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

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

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

  • 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 Games Award or a Britannia Award
  • currently work for a BAFTA nominated or winning Games studio
  • be a British Citizen
  • have been born in the UK or Republic of Ireland

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.

Membership Eligibility Criteria

For the 2017 intake we’ve abolished the requirement for new member applicants to need proposers and seconders. This widens the pool of potential members and ensures that it’s only talent, and not also who you know, that enables BAFTA membership.

If successful, applicants wishing to accept membership, must agree to the BAFTA Membership Code of Conduct.

Preparing an Application

You can create and submit an application via our Membership Applications Site.

Please note that we are unable to provide unsuccessful applicants with individual feedback.

Requesting Awards Voting

Full members have the right to register to vote in any of our award ceremonies for Televsion, Television Craft, Children's and Games if they feel qualified by their professional experience. The number of members registered to vote in the Film Awards is capped and therefore new members are not automatically allocated film voting.  If an applicant is successful, film voting rights can be requested and all requests from existing and new members will be considered in September each year.

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 cannot currently vote in the Television Craft Awards however can vote across all categories in the Games Awards.

Further information for applicants in Scotland, Wales and the USA

We have branches in Scotland, Wales, Los Angeles and New York, who each have their own programme of screenings and events. Individuals accepted for Full membership who are based in Scotland, Wales or the USA, will also become 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 instead be offered membership of the relevant branch. 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 below for more detail.

BAFTA Scotland branch membership

BAFTA Cymru branch membership

BAFTA Los Angeles branch membership

BAFTA New York branch membership

Annual Full Membership Rates 2016/17

General £450.00
Regions Applies to individuals living and working more than 60 miles (as the crow flies) from 195 Piccadilly in London £300.00
Wales/Scotland Applies to individuals based in Wales or Scotland. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch £300.00
Los Angeles/ New York For individuals who are based in the USA. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch. $400.00 (LA) $400.00 (NY) 
Overseas For individuals primarily based in countries other than the UK or USA £300.00
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) Please do not send payment with your application.