Our membership is at the very heart of what we do, so we strive to ensure that it represents the breadth and depth of the ever-changing film, games and television industries.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is comprised of creatives and professionals working in and making a contribution to the film, games and television industries in the UK. Over the last several years, the Academy's Full membership has grown to approximately 7,500 professionals worldwide.
BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work.
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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 request voting for the BAFTA Awards for their approved sector; Film, Games or Television. 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 31 of each year.
There are two types of Branch Memberships within BAFTA New York: Professional and Young Professional. Branch Members are entitled to attend our screenings and events in New York, in addition to the various other exclusive Membership Benefits but are not eligible to vote for the BAFTA Awards.
The BAFTA New York Professional Membership category is for qualified people actively involved with the entertainment industry and allied industry working across the US and the UK. Professional members are afforded many of the same benefits as Full Voting Members but are not eligible to vote in BAFTA Awards or Academy Elections.
The New York Membership Committee will consider admission to BAFTA New York. Applicants will be subject to approval by the New York Board of Directors on the basis of whether the applicant has a substantial body of work in the film, television, games or closely-associated industries.
Professional Membership Candidates must meet the following criteria:
A demonstrated commitment, ability, and desire to promote the profile and support the goals of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (the “Academy”) in New York.
A significant and notable contribution to the media of the moving image or associated industries, including the production and/or distribution of feature films, television programming, video games and/or other forms of digital media irrespective of the platform, in each case exploited in the UK.
A significant and notable contribution to the media of UK produced moving images or associated industries, including the production and/or distribution of UK feature films, television programming, video games and/or other forms of digital media irrespective of the platform, in each case exploited in the US.
Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance of Membership. The criteria set forth above on this application should be understood to be the minimum requirements but not necessarily sufficient in and of themselves. The Committee's evaluation of the foregoing shall be in its good-faith discretion subject to review and ratification by the New York Board of Directors.
New York Professional Members can apply for Full Voting Membership in the future providing they meet the qualifications for that membership at the time of application subject to New York Board Approval. New York Professional Members are not eligible to vote for any BAFTA Awards or in any Academy elections, however New York Professional Members are encouraged to join BAFTA New York Committees and may run for a seat on the New York Board of Directors, and vote in New York Board of Directors elections subject to the by-laws.
This category is open to those who are currently employed in an entry or support level position related to the film, games or television industries in New York or on the East Coast. Young Professional memberships are reviewed annually and members may be given the opportunity to upgrade their membership once they have gained the requisite industry experience. Young Professional memberships are limited to four years.
Applications are subject to approval by the BAFTA New York Membership Committee and the BAFTA New York Board of Directors.
Membership Rates 2018/2019
- Full Membership $400
- Professional Membership $350
- Young Professional Membership $200
For new Full and Professional Members an additional initiation fee of $150 is applicable. This is waived for new Young Professionals and for any individual who has been nominated for a British Academy Award.