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BAFTA Crew Film & TV: Your Questions Answered

What you get:

  • BAFTA Crew masterclasses, live streams and round tables with BAFTA-nominated talent, in London and across the UK

  • Bespoke networking events with guests including BAFTA Members and industry partners, BAFTA New Talent and industry speakers
  • Exclusive online professional network for all participants, across departments
  • Sharing your CV with a selection panel of BAFTA-nominated talent who will choose the final group
  • Limited free tickets to BAFTA’s nationwide year-round programme of events (including BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Scotland)
  • Travel bursaries towards attending BAFTA Crew events anywhere in the UK
  • Access to exclusive podcasts of all events, just in case you miss something

Additional Benefits:

  • For those who want to opt in, BAFTA will also publish the names and several key credits of BAFTA Crew members. This list will be available to speakers and the wider industry via
  • For participants in the English regions, an introduction to the Production & Location Services offered by Creative England and the National Crew & Facilities database. This service is not only supported by a free-to-join database, but a series of national crew nights and a dedicated crewing manager who works across all productions supported by the Creative England Production Liaison managers

The BAFTA Crew Film and TV programme will cover creative, technical and operational topics across departments. In 2016 there will also be a specific focus on Production Management across several events throughout the year.

Members will help shape the content of the live masterclasses by suggesting questions in advance. These sessions are valuable not just for those working in the same department, but also for other Crew members who want to build a better understanding of their colleagues’ work and use the masterclasses to build networks with professionals at a similar level in the industry.

The live streams will also be delivered by speakers drawn from BAFTA’s pool of nominees, winners and members, or craft practitioners with BAFTA-nominated credits with content covering more detailed craft and technical subjects.


Who is eligible to apply?

BAFTA Crew Film and TV is open to ‘below the line’ practitioners with two – four main team credits in TV broadcast or feature film.

What do you consider a main team credit?
A main team credit is in your department on either a broadcast or feature project. This includes assistant and coordinator positions, floor or production runners but not trainees, or dailies.

An outline of the main team roles can be found on the Creative Skillset website

I am a trainee, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?
BAFTA Crew is not aimed at trainees,  instead it is for those already working in the industry, with two or more credits (broadcast or feature). These credits should be main team, not trainee or dailies. Trainees should visit the Creative Skillset website for more information:

I am a producer, writer or director, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?
No. BAFTA Crew is designed for 'below the line' talent i.e. crew.

I am an experienced HoD, is BAFTA Crew for me?
Yes, BAFTA Crew is aimed at those already working in the industry and welcomes HoDs, as well as colleagues from their department.

If I have already participated in the BAFTA Crew programme, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew 2016?
Participants from previous BAFTA Crew programmes are welcome to re-join if they feel they would benefit from joining the programme for another year.

How do I apply?
You will need to complete our online application form at by 12pm on Wednesday 14 September including two professional references and an industry CV of no more than 2 pages.

How will BAFTA Crew members be selected?
BAFTA Crew will be selected by a panel of HoDs and other professionals that will include at least one representative from all of the departments featured in the programme as well as a representative from Creative England, BAFTA Scotland, BAFTA Cymru and Northern Ireland Screen. Crew will be selected based on the volume and quality of their experience, their application form and, in some cases, on the testimony of their referees.

For this reason, we would recommend that your references are up-to-date and are people who you have worked with/for in your designated role.

Which departments will be covered by BAFTA Crew?
Camera, Sound (production and post), Art Department, Costume, Hair and Make-up, Editing, VFX and Production Management will be covered in the live and online programme. There will be a specific focus on Production Management in several of the events across the year.

Where will the live masterclasses take place?
The three live regional masterclasses will take place in venues in major cities throughout the UK and the nations. In previous years, the programme held events in: Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, York, Leeds, Brighton, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. NB This is subject to change based on the geographical make-up of the final group.

How much is it to join BAFTA Crew?
BAFTA Crew costs £25 for regional members and £30 for London based members.

When do I need to pay the joining fee?
You will need to pay the joining fee when you are offered a place. An email will be sent to you to confirm.

Why can’t I see the full annual programme of masterclasses now?
We work with the industry’s best practitioners who won’t always know their availability months in advance. We will endeavour to give Crew members at least four weeks’ notice when programming masterclasses, livestreams or networking. Once selected for BAFTA Crew, you will have access to a regular newsletter and online calendar of events and will be notified with updates and changes.

Who will deliver the live masterclasses?
BAFTA masterclasses are delivered by professionals at the highest end of the industry, selected from our pool of winners, nominees and members. Our BAFTA Crew speakers will be technical and creative behind-the-scenes talent working in the film industry. 2015 speakers included BAFTA-nominated and Oscar-winning Hair and Make Up Designer, Sandy Powell, (Carol), award- winning Cinematographer, Yves Belanger (Dallas Buyers Club) and BAFTA-winning editor, Mick Audsley (My Beautiful Laundrette).

I am a very experienced practitioner looking for training that will develop my technical skills. Is this programme for me?
This programme is not devised as a technical training course. Some content will focus specifically on Production Management across the year, but it is not designed for one specific craft. BAFTA Crew will give you access to established HoDs and a deeper insight into their working practices and the work of your colleagues. The programme is designed to help you develop your skills through dialogue with our speakers, who are among the best in the international film industry, and also through networking with fellow Crew members. BAFTA Crew will also provide an environment in which you can meet other professionals at a similar level in the industry and gain a broader understanding of their work.

Will BAFTA cover my travel to and from events?
We do have a limited number of bursaries available per event to supplement travel costs for those travelling to an event more than 50 miles from their home address. More details will be available once you have been accepted and before you pay your fee.

I have worked on more than two feature films but in a junior role in my department. Should I apply?
Yes. We welcome applications from candidates who have demonstrated a level of skill and professionalism in their field but are still new to their career. Please specify on your application whether these are main team or trainee credits (definitions of which can be found above). This programme will help strengthen both your networking, professional contacts and gain confidence within the industry in your region and beyond. Through the peer-to-peer learning experiences of live masterclasses and online livestream Q&A, BAFTA Crew will also give you access to key creative and technical practitioners both in your department and in other fields. 

Any further questions? Email us at [email protected].

About our partners:

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Creative England

About Creative Skillset
Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; we do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, we work across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, advertising, marketing communications and publishing.

About the Film Skills Fund
Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability. We aim to strengthen and build skills and develop roles for the future, ensuring UK film remains world-class. The Film Skills Fund is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the National Lottery through the Skills Investment Fund, a collective investment in the future of the UK’s Creative Industries.

About Creative England
Creative England offers funding and tailored support to the TV, film, games and digital industries, and helps them flourish. It invests, mentors, advocates and collaborates at all levels of the industry, creating the right conditions for more success.

About Creative England’s Production Services Team
Creative England’s Production Services team delivers professional and bespoke local support to meet every production’s needs, The service includes managers based in the organisation’s regional offices from Manchester to Pinewood, Bristol to Elstree Studios. Working with all productions filming in the English regions, the team have achieved the following over the past two years:

  • Supported over 2,500 productions to film on location in England – outside London - including 150 Feature Films
  • Leading to an estimated value of over £180 million spend in the English Regions
  • Notable Feature films have included Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pan, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Fury, Victor Frankenstein
  • Equating to 20 film crews filming every single day over two years on location in the English Regions