The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) represents 6500 industry professionals working in film, television, and games worldwide. The organization supports, develops, and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public.
Founded in 1995, BAFTA New York carries the Academy’s mission of excellence forward through its commitment to recognition and promotion of the achievements of the British film and television industry in NY and beyond. An extensive roster of feature film, television, and documentary screenings, panel discussions, premieres, and co-produced events with other established organizations in the film and television industry have propelled BAFTA New York through two decades of increasingly ambitious activities including In Conversation, Brits Who Cracked America, An Evening with… and In Production and our Annual BAFTA Film Awards Viewing Party with a live satellite feed from London to New York. In addition, BAFTA New York's educational outreach is aimed at underserved youth in New York City and includes the BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program, which was established to support students pursuing media studies at undergraduate and graduate level institutions within the New York City area.
The members of BAFTA New York are among the most innovative and most qualified in the Entertainment Industry on the East Coast. We accept individuals working in various sectors of Film, Television, Games, Technology and Digital Media, including Creative Production & Development, Acquisitions & Distribution, Marketing & PR, Sales, Specialized Crafts, Agents & Attorneys, Entertainment Finance, and more. Membership is highly selective and all applications are subject to approval by the BAFTA New York Membership Administration.
There are several membership categories for people working in the Entertainment industry based in New York and the surrounding area. The various types of membership are outlined below.
Full (US branch) Membership
This category is available to individuals who have made a significant contribution to their sector of the industry and are based in the US, working full time for at least five years in a creative, technical or executive role directly related to the production of feature films, games and television programming released in the UK. Full Members have access to BAFTA screenings, events and benefits worldwide, and the ability to vote for the BAFTA Awards for their approved sector; Film, Television or Video Games. Full membership applications are considered annually each Spring, and are awarded at the discretion of the BAFTA UK Board. The annual deadline for Full membership applications is March 31st of each year.
There are three types of Associate Membership within BAFTA New York, outlined below. Associate Members are entitled to attend our screenings and events in New York, in addition to the various other exclusive Membership Benefits (link to Benefits Page / PDF) but are not eligible to vote for the BAFTA Awards.
(Associate) Professional Membership
This category is available to those who are not eligible for Full Voting Membership but have a minimum of 5 years professional experience in the film, television digital media or games industries in New York or on the East Coast.
(Associate) Young Professional Membership
This category is open to those who are currently employed in an entry or support level position related to the film, television digital media or games industries in New York or on the East Coast. Young Professional memberships are reviewed annually, and members are given the opportunity to upgrade their membership once they have gained the requisite experience. Young Professional memberships are generally limited to four years.
(Associate) Student Membership
This category is offered to full time students whose primary courses of study are in the fields of film, television and/or multimedia. Applicants should provide the name and number of their academic advisor in lieu of a member sponsor.
Membership Rates 2015/2016
- Full (US branch) Membership $350
- (Associate) Professional Membership $300
- (Associate) Young Professional Membership $175
- (Associate) Student Membership $75
For new Full and (Associate) Professional Members an additional initiation fee of $150 is applicable. This is waived for new (Associate) Young Professional and (Associate) Student Members, and for any individual who has been nominated for a British Academy Award.