Working in games and interested in joining BAFTA? Find out how to become an Academy games member.
With an expert industry membership of nearly 6,500 individuals globally, BAFTA champions the highest achievements in film, video games and television in the UK each year in order to motivate, educate and inspire creators and audiences alike. In 2006, BAFTA extended its reach to include Video Games as the third visual arts pillar of the Academy. BAFTA invites games professionals with at least five years of experience in the industry to apply for membership and help continue BAFTA's mission to champion excellence and nurture emerging talent in the Games industry worldwide. The video below shows some of the ways our members in all three sectors got involved with our work in 2013-14.
Benefits of Membership
Our members are at the heart of what we do, playing an active role in our work as a charity promoting excellence in the art forms of the moving image. Members are encouraged to take part in our Games initiatives such as youth mentoring and our flagship Young Game Designers programme, which engages schools across the UK and inspires young people to take their first steps into the industry.
As a games member you will be able to vote in the annual British Academy Games Awards, and have a say in which of your peers takes home a BAFTA mask. As part of this, you can opt-in to receive physical and online screener copies of entered games.
Many of our award winners and nominees are determined by a jury consisting of industry experts and leaders, BAFTA games members have priority when juries are being assembled. Members can also get discounted tickets to our awards ceremonies
As a member you’ll have access to the Academy’s private members club, 195 Piccadilly. With its central London location, 195 is the ideal venue for meetings, socialising and dining, in the members' only bar and restaurant. Members also get discounts on room hire. See more information about 195 Piccadilly.
Screenings and Events
As a member you can access our year-round programme of screenings and events for free, which include master classes, previews, lectures and Q&As, in throughout the UK, as well as in New York and Los Angeles.
As a member you can access exclusive discounts and offers from our Academy partners; this currently includes free weekday Cinema access at major chains.
How to Apply
Games applications are considered on a quarterly basis but you can submit your application at any time. The next deadline to apply is 31 March 2015. In order to apply, applicants need to have at least five years professional experience in the games industry and be actively working on and making a creative contribution to games produced and/or distributed in the UK. In addition applicants also need to meet one of following criteria:
• Be a British Citizen or have been born in the UK or Ireland.
• Be living and working in the UK.
• Have won or been nominated for a British Academy Games, Film or Television Award.
• Have worked in a key creative role on a game which has won or been nominated for a British Academy Games Award.
All applications need to be proposed and seconded by two existing Academy members. Click here for a list of current games members.
Applications can be submitted via post to Membership Department, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, W1J 9LN or via email to [email protected]. You can download an application form here: