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Below is a list of frequently asked questions for the Breakthrough Brits 2015 application process. Please note that the application deadline is Wednesday 27 May 2015.
- What is the entry procedure?
- Who can enter?
- What level of experience is required for entrants in film and TV?
- What level of experience is required for entrants in games?
- What do you mean by ‘impactful role’?
- The game on which I took my lead or impactful role will be in a playable state and will have been released by August 2015; do I still qualify?
- Is there an upper or lower age limit?
- Do I have to pay?
- I work in film and TV; what supporting materials do I need to provide?
- I work in games; what supporting materials do I need to provide?
- What do you want from my showreel?
- I’m a writer; do I need to submit a showreel?
- How long can my showreel be?
- I work in games; do I need to submit a showreel?
- How do I know if I have successfully submitted my application?
- What happens if I experience technical problems when uploading?
- When does entry open?
- When does entry close?
- How do I nominate someone else?
- When will I know if I have been selected?
- What is the commitment required from me?
- How do I withdraw my application?
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WHAT IS THE ENTRY PROCEDURE?
You may enter the Initiative by submitting a completed online entry form together with your CV, and a game build, showreel or online link as required. Incomplete application forms and entrants who fail to submit a CV, and the requested supporting materials, by the closing date will not be eligible for consideration in this Initiative. The deadline for completed applications is midday on Wednesday 27 May 2015.
WHO CAN ENTER?
Anyone who is over the age of 18 on November 1 2015; is British and is a current resident of the United Kingdom may enter. You must be available for the Breakthrough Brits reception being held in central London in November 2015 and be based primarily in the UK for any subsequent mentoring sessions and events until November 2016.
WHAT LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRANTS IN FILM AND TV?
The Academy is looking for exceptional individuals working professionally in the Film or TV industries for this Initiative. It is open to on and off screen talent across the full range of crafts that BAFTA rewards through our Film, TV, Craft and Children’s Awards.
You will have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be, theatrically released in the UK or commissioned and broadcast on a UK television channel, or online, for the first time between August 2014 and August 2015. In addition, your first lead or head of department role on a production will be completed by August 2015. One project might fulfil both of these criteria.
Online work must comprise at least 30 minutes of content to be considered. This may be split over several episodes and must be provided for viewing to the judging panel in full. Scripted and factual work is accepted. All final decisions regarding eligibility of online work rest with the BAFTA judging panel.
WHAT LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRANTS IN GAMES?
The Academy is looking for exceptional individuals who are already working professionally in the Games industry for this Initiative. It is open to talent across the full range of crafts that BAFTA rewards through our Games and Children’s Awards (go to the BAFTA Awards section).
You will have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be, released or published in the UK for the first time between August 2014 and August 2015. In addition, the project on which you undertook your first lead or impactful role will be in a playable state by August 2015. One project might fulfil both of these criteria.
In this context, an impactful role is not necessarily a lead or head of department position on a project. We would like to hear from people who have made a real difference to the successful completion of a project and who are making a name for themselves in their chosen field. This may include more junior members of the team who have demonstrated exceptional promise and gone above and beyond to drive the success of a project.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ‘IMPACTFUL ROLE’?
We recognise the team nature of working in video games and are looking for those individuals who have taken a leading role within a team that has had a significant impact on the outcome of the project. This may not necessarily be the most senior or leading member of the team but someone who has been integral to the project and who has impressed their colleagues with their talent and passion.
THE GAME ON WHICH I TOOK MY LEAD OR IMPACTFUL ROLE WILL BE IN A PLAYABLE STATE AND WILL HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY AUGUST 2015; DO I STILL QUALIFY?
We ask that you will have been involved with a piece of work that has been released or published in the UK for the first time between August 2014 and August 2015. Your first lead or impactful role on a project should also happen during this time and will be in a playable state by August 2015. However, one project might fulfil both of these criteria.
IS THERE AN UPPER OR LOWER AGE LIMIT?
As stipulated, the Initiative is open to candidates aged 18 or over on November 1 2015. Younger candidates will be considered in exceptional circumstances. There is no upper age limit.
DO I HAVE TO PAY?
It is free to apply, be considered and take part in the Breakthrough Brits initiative.
I WORK IN FILM AND TV; WHAT SUPPORTING MATERIALS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
Film and TV applicants must submit a showreel of no more than five minutes.
Film and TV applicants who are writers must submit a showreel AND select a ten minute script extract for Jury review.
Applicants submitting online materials for consideration must provide web links to the full piece/episodes, along with any relevant passwords.
I WORK IN GAMES; WHAT SUPPORTING MATERIALS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
Games candidates must submit EITHER a build of the game on which they have undertaken their lead or impactful role OR a showreel of no more than five minutes.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM MY SHOWREEL?
Showreels should showcase your work and experience to date. They should include material from your lead or head of department role. All work should be clearly labelled on screen.
I’M A WRITER; DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A SHOWREEL?
As a writer for the screen, we do need to see examples of your work as it appears on screen. Writers are also asked to submit a script extract of no more than 10 pages for Jury review.
HOW LONG CAN MY SHOWREEL BE?
Total running time for showreels may be up to 5 minutes. Longer showreels will be accepted but the Jury may choose to watch only 5 minutes of your showreel.
I WORK IN GAMES; DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A SHOWREEL?
We’d like you to submit EITHER a build of your game so that the Jury may see your work OR a video that showcases relevant material from the games you’ve worked on. This can be anything from a simple highlights package or trailer, to a video explaining what you did at key points in the game. Please see Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris example.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION?
If your application has successfully been submitted you will receive a confirmation email.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I EXPERIENCE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WHEN UPLOADING?
Please email [email protected] and someone will assist you.
WHEN DOES ENTRY OPEN?
Entry opens on Wednesday 1 April 2015.
WHEN DOES ENTRY CLOSE?
All Content must be received by us via the Website no later than midday on 27 May 2015. Please take into account the time it might take your content to be uploaded to the Website and factor in any technical issues you may encounter - don't leave it too late!
HOW DO I NOMINATE SOMEONE ELSE?
Breakthrough Brits is an open call out for talented individuals working across film, television and games. All candidates must fully complete the application form in order to be considered for the initiative.
If you would like to suggest someone as a Breakthrough Brit please encourage the individual to apply by sending them the information contained here. Alternatively, please contact [email protected] with their name and, if possible, contact details and we will invite them to apply.
A ‘nomination’, or lack thereof, will not be considered as part of the judging process and candidates who are suggested by their peers, but then fail to submit a fully completed application form by the stated deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN SELECTED?
BAFTA will contact you the w/c 28 September if you have been selected as a Breakthrough Brit. The successful Breakthrough Brits will be announced in November 2015.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT REQUIRED FROM ME?
By entering the Initiative you declare that you are able to attend the Breakthrough Brits announcement event and will take part in any subsequent events and mentoring sessions if you are selected until November 2016. You also agree to be named in the media and to participate in promotional and press activities before, during and after the event, including:
1. Media interviews
2. Photo opportunities
HOW DO I WITHDRAW MY APPLICATION?
You may withdraw your application at any time by emailing [email protected]
WHAT ELSE DOES BAFTA DO TO SUPPORT NEW TALENT
BAFTA plays a major role in supporting new talent – both by identifying and rewarding emerging talent and by connecting them with established practitioners. From master classes, scholarships and initiatives such as BAFTA Crew to mentoring opportunities, awards and BAFTA Guru, check out all the ways BAFTA can help connect you to the screen industries on the 'Support Talent' section of the website.