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Five things you didn't know about BAFTA Cymru

10 March 2015

Find out more about BAFTA Cymru's year-round activities

Not just Award Ceremonies...

BAFTA Cymru offers events year round – approximately 100 in total, which celebrate Welsh talent, offer inspiration to those interested in working in the creative media industry and inform established professionals of industry trends. These events range from film and television preview screenings to networking events; brunches with broadcast commissioners, archive screenings and more.

Not just for members...

BAFTA Cymru has between 400-900 members at any one time of the year, with members joining every day to access free cinema, special events, networking opportunities and other discount offers.
But the events BAFTA Cymru put on are also accessible for non-members, albeit with a price tag.
So if you are not working in the industry yet but aspire to, you can still go along and hear from the people making films, programmes and games here in Wales. BAFTA Cymru have made a pledge that when you attend one of their screenings or events you will always hear from the creative talent behind the production.

Not just in Cardiff

BAFTA Cymru hosts events across Wales – in the last 12 months we have held popular screenings and masterclasses from Llanelli to Harlech and Prestatyn to Monmouth and we are planning many more . We also host events that celebrate Welsh talent at the HQ in Piccadilly in London, which included An Audience with Michael Sheen, An Audience with Gareth Evans, A Celebration of Sherlock and a preview Q&A of Netflix film Apostle.
We have also co-hosted events with BAFTA New York to shine a light on Welsh talent overseas.
In 2015 we started to host a regular monthly event at Galeri in Caernarfon and Pontio in Bangor.

Not just film and television

Wales has a growing games and interactive sector and BAFTA has been hosting a special Games and Interactive Awards ceremony at the annual Wales Games Development Show since 2013. We also host at least 3 Games events, including an annual keynote speech, every year and games professionals can also join BAFTA to access events and the “perks” of membership.

Not just Award winners

BAFTA Cymru awards excellence every year at the British Academy Cymru Awards, which is now 27 years old, and we then work with these Award winners to “give something back” to those starting out in the industry, through a series of masterclasses hosted at Universities and FE colleges around Wales.
We also recognise new talent through the Breakthrough Award and Breakthrough Brits.
As the only BAFTA branch with a specific career starter membership, BAFTA Cymru also support the next generation of talent, those who are within the first 3 years of their career, and this year we are planning to launch mentoring programmes and a series of intimate events which will offer a select few access to Wales finest programme and filmmakers.

Hannah Raybould, Director BAFTA Cymru, said:

“BAFTA Cymru has celebrated creative media talent through our annual Awards for 27 years and we are engaging with a sector that is growing in scope, reach, size and success. As one of Wales’ leading charities, we need to play out part in encouraging new talent, from all backgrounds and from across the country, to consider a career in the industry and then support them to make their first connections. As a membership organisation, we can offer a support structure and network which includes international filmmakers, network television producers, game producers and more and we want to make it clear that we are open to all – members and the public.”

“The ideal scenario would be for a filmmakers to join when at college or University and that we can help them find the information and contacts needed to develop their career and in a few years time, they are standing on stage at our Awards making an acceptance speech. And then we get them to offer a masterclass and the cycle starts again!”

A selection of events coming up are available on our What's On section here