Shorts Categories Open to Non-Fiction Films, Re-Named British Short Film and British Short Animation; Full Rule Book Published
London, 24 July 2013: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today published the full Rule Book for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014.
The most significant change to the rules for this year is the introduction of a sixth nomination in the Outstanding British Film category, to further celebrate British film at the Awards ceremony. Five of the nominations will be decided by the opt-in British chapter vote and the sixth nomination will be decided by a jury of filmmakers.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: "We are in a unique position to shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of British filmmaking. By adding a sixth nomination we can ensure that this important category fully celebrates the outstanding range of British films in our cinemas each year. The Film Committee has also taken this opportunity to re-name and expand the shorts categories – the British Short Film and British Short Animation awards are now open to non-fiction films."
The new Rule Book for 2013/14 and full instructions about how to enter can be found at http://awards.bafta.org/entry.
Entry for all feature film categories will open on Monday 2 September and close on Wednesday 13 November.
Entry for British Short Film and British Short Animation will open on Monday 12 August and close on Wednesday 30 October.
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Purpose of the Award:
This award was created to recognise initiative and endeavour in British film, aiming to reward outstanding and original British filmmaking which shows exceptional creativity and innovation.
Additional Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible, a film must have significant British creative involvement and be certified as British under one of the BFI/DCMS’s three definitions available here: http://industry.bfi.org.uk/qualifying.
Only exceptionally will a non-certified film be considered. Final decisions on eligibility rest with BAFTA’s Film Committee.
An opt-in chapter votes for five nominations during Round One Voting and the Outstanding British Film jury selects a sixth nomination. An opt-in chapter votes for the winner during Round Two Voting.
Any voter may join an opt-in chapter so long as they commit to watching additional films in those categories.
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