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BAFTA Crew: Your Questions Answered

27 February 2014

If you have any questions about BAFTA Crew, hopefully these FAQs answers will help. For any other enquiries, please email BAFTAcrew@bafta.org.

The application deadline is Friday 11 April

Who is eligible to apply?

What do you consider a main team credit?

I am a trainee, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?

I am a producer, writer or director, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?

I am an experienced HoD, is BAFTA Crew for me?

If I participated in BAFTA Crew 2013 am I eligible for BAFTA Crew 2014?

How do I apply?

How will BAFTA Crew members be selected?

Which departments will be covered by BAFTA Crew?

Where will the live masterclasses take place?

When do I need to pay the £15 joining fee?

Why can’t I see the full annual programme of masterclasses now?

Who will deliver the live masterclasses?

I am a very experienced practitioner looking for a programme that will develop my technical skills. Is this programme for me?

Will BAFTA cover my travel to and from events?

I have worked on more than four feature films but in a junior role in my department. Should I apply?

Why is BAFTA Crew for those based outside London?


Who is eligible to apply?

BAFTA Crew is open to applicants with four or more TV broadcast or feature credits (main team) who live outside the M25.

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What do you consider a main team credit?

A main team credit is in your department on either a TV broadcast or feature production for the duration of the project or a full block of a TV Drama . This does not include dailies or trainees or those on work experience /internship 

An outline of the main team roles can be found on the Creative Skillset website. www.creativeskillset.org/film/jobs

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I am a trainee, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?

BAFTA Crew is not aimed at trainees, it is for those already working in the industry, with four or more credits (broadcast or feature). These credits should be main team, not trainee or dailies. Trainees should visit the Creative Skillset website for more information: http

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I am a producer, writer or director, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?

No. BAFTA Crew is designed for “below the line” talent i.e. crew.

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I am an experienced HoD, is BAFTA Crew for me?

Yes, BAFTA Crew is aimed at those already working in the industry and welcomes HoDs, as well as colleagues from their department.

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If I participated in BAFTA Crew 2013 am I eligible for BAFTA Crew 2014?

Participants on BAFTA Crew 2013 are welcome to apply if they feel they would benefit from joining the programme for a second year. If selected, returning BAFTA Crew participants will pay a reduced joining fee of £10.

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How do I apply?

You will need to complete our online application form at apply.bafta.org by 5pm on Friday 11 April including two professional references and an industry CV of no more than 2 pages.

BAFTA Crew Applicant Guide 2014 (439.5 KB)

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How will BAFTA Crew members be selected?

BAFTA Crew will be selected by a jury of HoDs and other professionals that will include at least one representative from all of the departments featured in the programme (see above) as well as a representative from Creative England, BAFTA Scotland, BAFTA Cymru and Northern Ireland Screen. Crew will be selected based on the volume and quality of their experience, their application form and, in some cases, on the testimony of their referees.

For this reason, we would recommend that your references are up-to-date and are people who you have worked with/for in your designated role.

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Which departments will be covered by BAFTA Crew?

Camera, Sound (production and post), Art Department, Costume, Hair and Make-up, Editing, VFX and Production Management will be covered in the live and online programme.

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Where will the live masterclasses take place?

The live masterclasses will take place in venues in major cities throughout the UK. In 2013 the programme held events in: Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, York, Leeds, Brighton and Pinewood Studios. NB This is subject to change based on the geographical make-up of the final group. Find out more about the BAFTA Crew 2013 programme here >

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When do I need to pay the £15 joining fee?

You will need to pay the joining fee when you are offered a place.

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Why can’t I see the full annual programme of masterclasses now?

We work with the industry’s best practitioners who won’t always know their availability months in advance. We will endeavour to give Crew members at least four weeks’ notice when programming masterclasses. Once selected for BAFTA Crew, you will have access to an online calendar of events and be notified with updates and changes.

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Who will deliver the live masterclasses?

BAFTA masterclasses are delivered by professionals at the highest end of the industry, selected from our pool of winners, nominees and members. Our BAFTA Crew speakers will be technical and creative behind-the-scenes talent working in the film industry. 2013 speakers included DoP Sean Bobbitt (12 Years A Slave), Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Wolf of Wall Street) and Production Designer Eve Stewart (Les Miserables).

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I am a very experienced practitioner looking for a programme that will develop my technical skills. Is this programme for me?

This programme is not devised to focus specifically on one craft, nor is it a technical training course. BAFTA Crew will give you access to established HoDs and a deeper insight into their working practices. The programme is designed to help you develop your skills through dialogue with our speakers, who are among the best in the international film industry, and also through networking with fellow Crew members. BAFTA Crew will also provide an environment in which you can meet other professionals at a similar level in the industry and gain a broader understanding of their work.

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Will BAFTA cover my travel to and from events?

You are expected to cover your own travel and accommodation. We do have a limited number of bursaries available to supplement travel costs for those travelling to an event more than 50 miles from their home address. More details will be available once you have been accepted and before you pay your fee.

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I have worked on more than four feature films but in a junior role in my department. Should I apply?

Please specify on your application form your main team credits. Floor runner or production runner will also be considered main team.

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Why is BAFTA Crew for those based outside London?

BAFTA Crew is a programme of monthly regional masterclasses and live streamed Q&As for those based outside London, which runs alongside BAFTA’s main masterclass programme in London which happens twice monthly, at our venue partners BFI Southbank and the ICA.

A great deal of BAFTA’s events programme is currently in London and BAFTA Crew is designed to help regional crew benefit from the experience of some of the international industry’s best creative and technical talents, as these opportunities are available on a regular basis to London-based crew and trainees. The networking element to the programme is designed to give those professionals based outside London an opportunity to meet industry speakers, as well as network with colleagues in their region. This is a valuable resource, we hope, to those who are based outside London.

This is the programme’s second year, and we are still working on the model to make sure it serves those based outside London who have less access to BAFTA’s learning activity first, before considering if the model is applicable to those London.

For more information about this programme and to stay up to date on all masterclasses and BAFTA’s programme of events, please join our newsletter here.

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