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Find out more about BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew. More questions? Email us at [email protected]

What you get:

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

  • Bespoke networking events with guests including BAFTA members, BAFTA-identified new talent & industry partners

  • Exclusive online networking across departments

  • 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 podcasts of all events, just in case you miss something

  • Sharing your CV with a selection panel of BAFTA-nominated talent who will choose the final group

  • Sharing your work on BFI NETWORK Post Room. BFI NETWORK are here to nurture, strengthen and engage with the best talent. If you're a new filmmaker – or even if you’ve engaged with the NETWORK before – this is an opportunity to share your completed script or short film, allowing us to connect with you directly.

BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew will cover creative and technical topics, including round tables and livestreams on the challenges of approaching a first feature, collaborating between craft and technical departments and creative masterclasses on subjects such as cinematography, costume, production design and editing.

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.


Writers, directors and producers should meet just one of the below criteria -

  • Short film screened at a BAFTA-accredited film festival or ‘Post Room Pick’ from BFI NET.WORK
  • Recipient of production or development funding from BFI, Creative England or other national screen agency (shorts or features)
  • 1 x broadcast or feature credit from the last two years
  • For writers only: one piece of full length theatre work performed professionally in the UK.

Craft and technical ‘below the line’ talent should have 2-4 broadcast or feature credits in their department, in the last two years. 


Who is eligible to apply?
BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew is now open for writers, directors and producers as well as ‘below the line’ talent. Please see criteria above.

I am an actor, can I apply?
No, this programme is for those working behind the scenes eg. writers, directors and producers, HoDs and crew.

I am in full-time education, is this programme for me?
BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew is aimed at those already working in the industry. Students should visit Guru Live, BAFTA’s two day festival for career starters across film, television and games. The full programme for Guru Live 2017 will be announced in our public newsletter - sign up.

I am a BAFTA member, can I apply?
No, this programme is aimed at people working in the industry at the start of their careers and is not appropriate for full BAFTA Members. BAFTA Members will be invited to attend events with BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew participants and can nominate potential participants by emailing [email protected]

I am a trainee, am I eligible for BFI NETWORK x 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). Trainees are eligible to apply for Guru Labs & Guru Live.

For HoDs and other crew, what do you consider a main team credit?
A main team credit in your department includes assistant and coordinator positions, floor or production runners but does not trainees, or dailies. To include a credit, it must be on either a broadcast or feature project.

How will BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew participants be selected?
BAFTA Crew will be selected by a jury of industry representatives from BFI NETWORK, BAFTA Committees and branches and BAFTA-nominated HoDs. Applicants will be selected based on their experience and their application form.

I have already participated in the BAFTA Crew programme, am I eligible for BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2017?
Participants from previous BAFTA Crew programmes are welcome to re-apply if they feel they would benefit from joining the programme for another year. Applicants will need to list credits made within the past two years. If you have taken parental leave in the last two years and would like to discuss your eligibility, please email [email protected]

Where will the live masterclasses take place?
The live masterclasses will take place in venues in major cities throughout the UK. This will be based on the geographical location of the final group, with travel bursaries available for those based more than 50 miles away from the venue.

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 endeavor to give Crew members as much notice as possible when programming masterclasses. Once selected for BAFTA Crew 2017, you will have access to an online calendar of events and be notified with any updates or changes.

Who will deliver the live masterclasses?
BAFTA masterclasses are delivered by BAFTA winners and nominees; writers, directors and producers – as well as craft and technical. Additionally, we will invite speakers with BAFTA-nominated credits. Please visit BAFTA Guru for a taste of previous Crew events and BAFTA content.

Do I have to be living in the UK or is the programme open for overseas applications?
Applicants need to be currently living and working in the UK. However, we welcome those with international experience on their CV. Previous work experience in the UK is not a necessary requirement so long as you currently reside in the UK.

I am a very experienced practitioner looking for training that will develop my technical skills. Is this programme for me?
This programme is not a technical training course and is not designed for one specific craft. BAFTA Crew will give you access to a network of peers and events led by BAFTA nominees. The programme is designed to help you develop your skills through dialogue with our BAFTA-nominated speakers and also through networking with fellow Crew participants. BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew aims to 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?
You are expected to cover your own travel and accommodation. We do have a limited number of bursaries available 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.

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