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Documentary category added to Orange British Academy Film Awards

Full schedule announced for awards in 2012; awards now open for entry.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced today that it will be adding a new category to the Orange British Academy Film Awards to recognise documentary feature films.

The new category will be called Documentary. A theatrical documentary award was presented by the Academy between 1948 and 1990. Documentaries have continued to be honoured with British Academy Television Awards since then and have been eligible in all relevant categories at the Film Awards. BAFTA’s Film Committee has chosen to re-introduce this category now in recognition of the number of high-quality theatrical documentaries released in cinemas in the UK each year.

Films from all countries will be eligible as long as they have a theatrical release in the UK. The award will only usually be presented if 15 or more films are entered. A specialist Documentary Chapter of BAFTA Film Voting Members will vote for a longlist of five films during the Round One vote and then will vote again in Round Two to decide the three nominations. The winner will be selected by all Film Voters during Round Three voting.

The Film Awards are now open for entry. Full rules for all categories, including the new Documentary category, and entry forms are available here:,131,BA.html

The full schedule for the Orange British Academy Film Awards was also announced today:

Thursday 17 November

Entry deadline

Thursday 8 December

Round 1 opens

Tuesday 20 December

Qualified films screened to members by this date

Wednesday 4 January

Round 1 closes

Friday 6 January

Longlist announced & Round 2 opens

Thursday 12 January

Round 2 closes

Tuesday 17 January

Nominations & Round 3 opens

Wednesday 8 February

Round 3 closes

Friday 10 February

All entered films to open to the public by this date

Sunday 12 February


For further information, please contact:

Vicky Grayson at Freud Communications
T +44 20 3003 6327 / +44 7872 604 784

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