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How to Apply for BAFTA Membership

BAFTA is a charity whose community of members champion creativity and promote progressive industry practices across the screen arts.

BAFTA is a charity whose community of members champion creativity and promote progressive industry practices across the screen arts.

Full Voting Membership

Full voting membership of our academy is open to experienced and influential professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the film, games or television industries.  

Successful applicants typically have at least five years' experience working in film, games or television in a key creative, head of department, or senior executive role, and support our mission to champion creativity and share our vision for a more inclusive, sustainable industry. 

As experts in their fields, Full members vote for BAFTA's Awards, recognising exceptional storytelling and supporting new talent. Members enjoy access to our spectacularly restored members’ club at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, a year-round programme of screenings and events, networking opportunities, and exclusive offers from our partners. 

We especially welcome applications from people working in games; from people belonging to groups or communities currently underrepresented in the screen industries; and from people living and working outside of London, particularly those based in the Northwest of England, Wales, Scotland or North America. 

Eligibility Criteria

At least five years' of experience in a key creative, head of department, or senior executive role directly related to either:

  • feature films distributed in the UK
  • television programming broadcast in the UK
  • games distributed in the UK

Successful applicants for BAFTA membership will also fulfil at least one of the following:

  • Currently working for a UK broadcaster, distributor, production company or industry body
  • Currently working for a BAFTA nominated or winning games studio
  • BAFTA Winner or Nominee
  • Made a significant overall creative contribution to the global film, games or television industries
  • British Citizen or born in UK/Republic of Ireland

The criteria for BAFTA membership should be considered a minimum and unfortunately not all eligible applicants will be successful. The Board also reserve the right to approve applicants who do not meet the criteria, but who demonstrate a particularly promising career or achievements in the screen industries.

We are not currently accepting membership applications

If you need more help, check our application FAQs, or contact [email protected].


Connect Membership

Connect membership is open to talented emerging and mid-career professionals working within the film, games or television industries, and is offered for a three-year term.  

Successful applicants typically demonstrate a promising career trajectory and the beginnings of a recognised body of work. Connect members are advocates for creative talent and storytelling and are committed to inclusion and progressive industry practice. 

Connect members benefit from a tailored development programme of workshops and events as well as structured peer-to-peer networking, and full-day conferences aimed at developing craft and understanding of best practice and industry landscape. 

Find out more about Connect membership here

We especially welcome applications from people working in games; from people belonging to groups or communities currently underrepresented in the screen industries; and from people living and working outside of London, particularly those based in the Northwest of England, Wales, Scotland or North America. Please note that a very limited number of Connect places are available for applicants based in the London area. 

Eligibility Criteria

Film & Television

Applicants must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Previous experience in short form, theatre, web series or radio
  • In funded development on a debut feature-length project, or your first TV, streaming or online commission.
  • Demonstrable craft, technical, production and editorial credit(s) in feature film and/or television that has been commercially released or distributed in the UK or North America via a distributor, production company, network or major streaming platform.
  • Credits as director, producer or writer for hire – including writers and directors of block/series episodes and writers room credits.

Connect membership is not currently open to actors living and working in the UK. 

Those with significant experience in theatre, commercials and short form may still be considered at the discretion of the jury.

Games

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Have up to 5 years' professional experience in the games industry
  • Be actively working on, and making a creative contribution to, games produced and/or distributed in the UK and/or North America

For those currently working for a broadcaster, distributor, exhibitor, sales, production company, studio or industry body in the film, games and television industries you will need up to five year’s experience.

We are not currently accepting membership applications

If you need more help, check our application FAQs, or contact [email protected].


Scotland, Wales & North America (Branch) Membership 

BAFTA is a British organisation with a vibrant international membership and a global outlook. BAFTA branches in North America, Scotland and Wales have dedicated awards, screenings and events programmes, and initiatives designed to support talent and celebrate excellence in local industries and support BAFTA’s global mission.

Applications for Branch membership are now open.

Find out more and apply


Full & Connect Membership Rates 2024/25

Full (p.a.)  Connect (p.a.)
General £595.00 £132.00
Regions Applies to individuals living and working more than 60 miles (as the crow flies) from 195 Piccadilly in London £396.00 £88.00 
Wales/Scotland Applies to individuals based in Wales or Scotland. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch £396.00 £88.00 
North America For individuals who are based in the USA. Carries additional rights and benefits with the relevant branch. $440.00 $175.00 
Overseas For individuals primarily based in countries other than the UK or USA £396.00 £88.00 
 

A one-off joining fee of £150.00 ($150 in the US) will be charged to new Full voting members in addition to their subscription fees. This additional fee is waived for successful applicants who have won or been nominated for a BAFTA Award, or who primarily work in Games. (All rates are inclusive of VAT where applicable). Connect members are not charged a joining fee. 

We don't want membership fees to be a barrier to joining and we may be able to offer support with fees. An ongoing fee reduction is also available for deaf and disabled members. Find out more