BAFTA Los Angeles' Committees carry out invaluable work across our activities, and provide insight and expertise throughout our varied areas of work.
The Board of Directors determine the overall strategy, policy and direction for BAFTA Los Angeles, while it is our Committees and Staff who are tasked by the Board to deliver many of the programs and events within our overall mission. BAFTA Los Angeles currently operates the following Committees and are comprised of members of our Board, Staff, and volunteers from our BAFTA Los Angeles Membership. It is the Committee Chair who selects the members for his or her Committee.
Committees are formed and operate on an annual basis.
To contact a Committee chair, please use the forms at the bottom of this page.
Our Sector Committees represent the key disciplines recognized within BAFTA's work, namely Film, Television and Games. In Los Angeles, we also operate a Innovations and New Technology Committee to position BAFTA Los Angeles at the heart of new developments in our industry. Our Sector Committees deliver events, guest speakers, and initiatives for BAFTA's ongoing programs, and serve to review and recruit new Members from their sector.
2017 Chair: Sophie Watts
To represent the Film sector of the BAFTA Membership by securing eligible content for BAFTA Los Angeles programs, including guest speakers for the professional development events/programs, eligible titles for the screening program, and subjects for the Heritage Archive interview series. To review applications and make new recommendations for new BAFTA LA Membership from those working primarily in the Film sector.
2017 Chair: Chris Rice
To represent the TV sector of the BAFTA Membership by securing eligible content for BAFTA Los Angeles programs, including guest speakers for the professional development events/programs, eligible titles for the screening program, and subjects for the Heritage Archive interview series. To support, develop and promote focus on the television medium in order to further the goals and mission of the Academy. To review applications and make recommendations for new BAFTA LA Membership from those working primarily in the TV sector.
2017 Chair: Karl Stewart
To advise BAFTA Los Angeles on the opportunities, strategies, and implementation of fully integrating the Games sector into our annual activity, both in locally and beyond, in collaboration with our colleagues in the UK and NY. To represent the Games sector of the BAFTA Membership by securing eligible content for BAFTA Los Angeles programs, including guest speakers for the professional development events/programs, eligible titles for the games previews, and subjects for the Heritage Archive interview series. To support, develop and promote focus on the Games medium in order to further the goals and mission of the Academy. To review applications and make recommendations for new BAFTA LA Membership from those working primarily in the Games industry.
EMERGING TALENT COMMITTEES
BAFTA Los Angeles is commited to creating opportunities for talented individals to enter the industry regardless of circumstance and background, and offer a network of support and programming as they develop their career in our industry.
To utilize the talents of the BAFTA Membership to provide opportunities and programs that ensure the Industry is accessible to all talented people regardless of background or circumstance. To use the art forms of the moving image to encourage a positive effect on the Los Angeles community through education programs and social enrichment activities.
New Talent Committee
2017 Chair: Peter Morris
To oversee the application process and to curate programming for BAFTA’s new talent initiatives (Scholarships, Student Film awards, Newcomers and Alumni programs). To curate a program that provides a genuine level of structured support relevant to the various New Talents identified by BAFTA.
Scholarships: To review all Scholarship applicants and recommend the recipients to the BAFTA Los Angeles Board.
Student Film Awards: To engage the BAFTA membership in adjudicating the filmmaking work of the student body. To deliver an award competition and ceremony that celebrates the emerging talents from the student filmmaking body, with the winner receiving a genuine level of structured support by BAFTA Los Angeles during this crucial time in their career.
Newcomers Program: To review applications and make recommendations to the Board that reflects a broad and diverse representation of the Film, TV and Games industries. To curate a program that provides meaningful support to UK professionals who have recently relocated to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry, or continue their studies in their field of work.
Upon the completion of participation in these initiatives, individuals will be invited to join the New Talent Alumni program as a means to maintain contact and involvement with BAFTA.
To ensure that management of BAFTA Los Angeles is consistent with the Bylaws, Policies and strategic goals of the Academy and to maintain oversight of the various committees. The Committee is empowered to make decision between Board meetings, and to allocate financial resources not to exceed $20,000 in any given month. The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair(s), Secretary and Treasurer of BAFTA Los Angeles, as elected by the Board of Directors, along with the CEO and COO.
Governance and Bylaws Committee
2017 Chair: Gary Goldberger
To maintain and keep current the Bylaws and Policies of BAFTA Los Angeles, and ensure adherence to the Bylaws and Policies. To monitor the implementation of Policy, advise where future Policy would benefit the Academy and monitor the implementation and compliance of all non-profit statutes and law. To make recommendations to the Board on Governance and Board composition.
2017 Chair: Phil Cross
To maintain oversight of the Academy’s finances. To develop and administer appropriate and successful financial plans and procedures to ensure the present and future financial health of the Academy.
2017 Chair: Adam Bialow
Serve as the organization’s point of contact for BAFTA Los Angeles’ external Auditors. Must be comprised of non-staff members and separate from the function of the Finance Committee
To advise upon and provide support for fundraising activities including capital campaigns, personal donors, philanthropic support, grants, year-end giving, auction/raffles, fundraising dinners etc.
Please note, the above list of Committees is subject to change.
If you are interested in applying to serve on on of our committees we invite you to complete and submit our Committee Application Form. Committees operate on an annual basis and are formed following the Board of Directors election.
Complete the form online: Click here to submit online.
Our form includes areas to explain your background, areas of expertise, and specific examples of how your skills can benefit our organization. This will help our Co-Chairs to better evaluate the needs of the Committee.
BAFTA Members will be selected to join a Committee based on the areas of expertise needed to fulfill the Committee's goals and mission. Therefore, while we appreciate all offers of interest, we will not be able to accommodate every request to join a Committee.
As well as our committees, BAFTA has opportunities for members to be involved with our activities throughout the year including mentoring roles for emerging talents, speakers in our education series and fundraising initiatives that we encourage all of our members to consider. Details on these opportunities are shared throughout the year in our newsletters and announcements.