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BAFTA Crew: Your Questions Answered

Who is eligible to apply?

BAFTA Crew is open to applicants with two – four main team credits in TV broadcast or feature film.


What do you consider a main team credit?

A main team credit is in your department on either a broadcast or feature project. This includes assistant and coordinator positions, floor or production runners but not trainees, or dailies.

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


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 two 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://creativeskillset.org/funding/SIF/trainees


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.


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.


If I participated in  BAFTA Crew 2013 and 2014, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew 2015?

Participants from previous BAFTA Crew programmes are welcome to apply if they feel they would benefit from joining the programme for another year. If selected, returning BAFTA Crew participants will pay a reduced joining fee of £15.


How do I apply?

You will need to complete our online application form at apply.bafta.org by 12pm on Tuesday 19 May including two professional references and an industry CV of no more than 2 pages.


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.


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.


Where will the live masterclasses take place?

The three live regional masterclasses will take place in venues in major cities throughout the UK and the nations. In 2014 the programme held events in: Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, York, Leeds, Brighton, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. NB This is subject to change based on the geographical make-up of the final group. Find out more about the BAFTA Crew 2014 programme.


When do I need to pay the £25 joining fee?

You will need to pay the joining fee when you are offered a place. An email will be sent to you to confirm.


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, livestreams or networking. Once selected for BAFTA Crew, you will have access to a regular newsletter and online calendar of events and will be notified with updates and changes.


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. 2014 speakers included BAFTA-nominated and Oscar-winning Editor, Mark Sanger (Gravity), multi-BAFTA winning Hair and Make Up Designer Morag Ross (The Aviator) and Haris Zambarloukos (Locke)


I am a very experienced practitioner looking for training 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.


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 per event 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.


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

Yes. We welcome applications from candidates who have demonstrated a level of skill and professionalism in their field but are still new to their career. Please specify on your application whether these are main team or trainee credits (definitions of which can be found above). This programme will help strengthen both your networking, professional contacts and gain confidence within the industry in your region and beyond. Through the peer-to-peer learning experiences of both live masterclasses and online livestream Q&A, BAFTA Crew will also give you access to key creative and technical practitioners both in your department and in other fields.