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Membership Applications - Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I have access requirements or need help submitting an application?

We aim to increase the representation of deaf, disabled and neurodivergent (DDN) people in BAFTA’s membership and the wider creative industries. 

All BAFTA membership forms are compatible with screen reader software. If you have access requirements that prevent you from easily completing an application, or if you need any assistance, please email [email protected] or call (0) 20 7292 5877. We can offer to scribe your response over the phone, accept a video submission instead of an application form, or discuss alternate submission methods. 

We encourage you to tell us more about any access requirements in your application, and in your response to our applicant and membership surveys. An ongoing discount on membership fees is available to DDN people if your application is successful.

Who looks at my membership application? 

The BAFTA membership team initially review your application to check your eligibility and ensure we have all the information we need. A panel of elected members of the BAFTA sector committees then consider applications by craft or role, taking into account the needs of the membership as a whole. Sector committee panel decisions are then passed to the Board of Trustees for final approval.  

How is the information in my application kept private and secure? 

BAFTA has always believed in being open about what data we collect from our members and what we do with it. Find out more in our membership privacy policy

How long will it take to review my application? 

BAFTA has a membership year that runs from 1 June to 31 May, and deadlines for applications may vary between different types of membership. We will send you a confirmation email after you submit your application with more information about when you can expect to hear from us.

Will I hear back if my application is unsuccessful? 

Yes, we will contact you by email regardless of the outcome of your application. Although we aim to contact all applicants in a timely fashion, you may not hear from us at the same time as other applicants.

Can I get feedback on my application or appeal the decision? 

Unfortunately, each year we need to turn down applications from eligible applicants. This is more often due to a limited number of places, and the need to ensure the membership overall is balanced and representative of the industries, rather than any issue with your individual application. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide individual feedback and there is no appeals process. We do however welcome all unsuccessful applicants to apply again in future.  

How long do I have to take up membership? 

We have a fixed membership year at BAFTA and with a limited number of places, we are unable to hold the offer of membership open indefinitely. We expect new members to accept the offer of membership by making a payment within four weeks of being accepted. We are not able to pro-rate membership fees for new members, but support with fees is available, and we do not wish for anyone to be prevented from joining due to personal circumstances.  

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