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2020 BAFTA Newcomers Announced

7 October 2020

The 2020 BAFTA Newcomers 

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced the 2020 participants for its prestigious Newcomers Program. For the first time ever, the program expanded to New York with a record number of first-year female participants, totaling 80 percent. As in previous years, the program also welcomed international talent from across the globe, with representation from the U.K., Australia, China, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Turkey.

The Newcomers Program recognizes the long and fruitful legacy of international talent moving to the U.S. to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and expand their network of peers. The program further delivers BAFTA's mission to promote cultural exchange and strengthen global collaboration.

Read more about the newcomers program here

Forty-one individuals were inducted into the program this year to bring the total participants on the four-year program to 98. The combined group is 65 percent female and includes actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, executives, art directors, production designers, animators, editors and publicists.

“For over 10 years, the BAFTA Newcomers Program has supported hundreds of industry talents making the move to Los Angeles, connecting them to a network of peers and with a program of career support.” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chair, Kathryn Busby and BAFTA New York Chair, Maria Ishak. “We are delighted that this year’s expansion of the program to New York also reflects our strongest year yet for female representation, comprising 78% of our new participants. As our industry continues to adapt to the extraordinary impact of the pandemic, it is as vital as ever to support those who have recently transitioned their careers to the US by welcoming them into BAFTA’s community."

Each Newcomer receives access to BAFTA membership events and specially curated new talent events aimed at supporting both career development, and the transition to living and working in the U.S. The program includes professional networking opportunities, peer matching with others who have recently moved to the U.S., curated educational programming including BAFTA Briefing sessions, and access to BAFTA’s wider professional development event schedule including the BAFTA Insights series.

Below is the full list of new Newcomers:

NEWCOMERS – FIRST YEAR (NEW YORK)
Federica Belletti – Producer
Jade Edwards – Screenwriter
Stephanie Falkeis – Director, Screenwriter
Sana Malik – Director
Hazel Mckibbin – Director
Cecilia Otero – Producer
Bella Randle Racklin – Director
Alies Sluiter – Director, Screenwriter
Yuan Yuan – Director, Screenwriter
Weixin Zhuang – Director

NEWCOMERS – FIRST YEAR (LOS ANGELES)
Blanca Ballesté – Producer
Zoe Sua Cho – Filmmaker
Clarisse Chua – Animator
Wenting Deng-Fisher – Cinematographer
Jaspreet Dosanjh – Actor
Thais Drassinower – Director
Nikkita Duke – Screenwriter
Hugo Diego Garcia – Actor
Guo Guo – Producer
Vivian Ip – Director, Screenwriter
Jo Jo Lam – Cinematographer
Kirsty Langsdale, Publicist
Rom Lotan – Screenwriter
Yashna Malhotra – Screenwriter
Eunice Maruhi – Director, Screenwriter
David Carlo Mendoza – Cinematographer
Tim O’Brien – Producer
Beulah Obioma – Actor
Lucia Rinaldi – Cinematographer
Andras Roder – Cinematographer
Peier Shen – Director, Screenwriter
Akanksha Shyam – Cinematographer
Emily Splisgardt – Actor
Nikolay Sysuev – Producer
Sohil Vaidya – Director, Screenwriter
Nicole Vanden Broeck – Director
Mireia Vilanova – Producer
Jenny Wu – Actor
Shi Min Yong – Production Designer
Yiming Zhao – Production Designer