Interested in becoming an Academy member? Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
Joining as a Film or Television member
As voting membership is capped, 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.
The deadline for applications for individuals working in Film and Television is 31 March each year.
Joining as a Games 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 at three points in the year, and may be sent in at any time.
You can find out more about the benefits available to games members here.
Games applications deadlines in 2016:
- 31 March 2016
- 31 July 2016
- 15 October 2016
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 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
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.
Preparing an Application
Requesting Awards Voting
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 registered to vote in the Film Awards is currently capped and we subsequently unable to offer film voting to new members upon joining. If an applicant is successful, they will be notifed as a when film voting spaces become available and be given the opportunity to put themselves forward for consideration.
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 the Television Craft Awards.
Being proposed and seconded
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.
You can find a full list of the Academy's Full members here.
Applicants that have been nominated or have won a British Academy Film, Television, Television Craft, Games, Children's or Britannia Award are not required to have their application proposed or seconded.
Applicants are required to submit an up-to-date credit list and/or CV with their applications.
Submitting your Application
Once an applicant has completed their application they can submit it via:
by sending a scanned copy to [email protected].
We recommend sending applications via recorded delivery. Applicants should also email an image of themselves to [email protected]
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.
Annual Full Membership Rates 2015/16
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. 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. $350.00 Overseas For individuals primarily based in countries other than the UK or USA £300.00