The Academy’s annual Film Awards have continued to evolve since their inception. This year, 25 film awards will be presented to the industry’s outstanding talent. From only three categories at the first Film Awards in 1948, BAFTA now recognises outstanding achievement in 25 Film-related categories. The Academy's Film voting membership, juries and chapters determine the nominees and winners in the majority of categories. We also give out high-profile awards, such as the Academy Fellowship, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award and the Outstanding British Film Award which are Gifts of the Film Committee and Board of Trustees.
The Academy Fellowship
This is the highest accolade the Academy presents and is bestowed for an individual's work and achievements throughout their career in the industry. The first Fellowship was presented to Alfred Hitchcock. Others include Sir Charles Chaplin, Sir Richard Attenborough CBE, Steven Spielberg, Julie Christie, Stanley Kubrick and Vanessa Redgrave.
See the full list of BAFTA Fellows
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Presented annually, the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was introduced in 1978 and is presented in honour of Michael Balcon. The first recipients were the Special Visual Effects team for Superman and others include Kevin Brownlow, Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Lewis Gilbert, Channel Four Films, production manager Joyce Herlihy and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
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Outstanding British Film
Introduced in 1992. This award is presented in honour of Alexander Korda. Winning films include: Shadowlands, The Crying Game, The Madness Of King George, Secrets & Lies, Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, East Is East, The Last King of Scotland and The King's Speech.
Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer or Producer
The Award honors a special achievement displayed by a British talent in their First Feature Film. Established in 1992, it was originally called the Carl Foreman Award. The first recipient was Richard Kwietniowski (Love & Death On Long Island).
Find out more about the Outstanding Debut Award
Film Not in the English Language
Make Up & Hair
Special Visual Effects
In addition the British public are invited to vote for the most promising talent of the past year in the EE Wednesdays Rising Star Award.