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BAFTA Breakthrough applications open globally for the first time across USA and UK

26 May 2020
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Applications for BAFTA’s flagship new talent initiative open today, apply here.

Official partner Netflix facilitates global expansion.

Today the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the global launch of BAFTA Breakthrough, its flagship new talent initiative that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television. Applications open today across the USA and the UK, with applications for India and China opening later this year.

Previously known as Breakthrough Brits, the initiative has been running in the UK since 2013. Today’s announcement marks the first global, new talent initiative across the film, games and television sectors.

Netflix is the official supporting partner for BAFTA Breakthrough, in the UK, USA and India, providing integral support in the global expansion. BAFTA and Netflix share a joint vision to celebrate and provide opportunities for emerging talent across the world, bringing together international communities across global networks, in order to develop and support stories and voices from different cultures. BAFTA will work with local cultural bodies in each territory to provide bespoke support within each region’s unique landscape.

BAFTA Breakthrough selects talent through a cross-industry jury of leading industry professionals. The successful Breakthrough applicants will receive one-to-one mentoring and career guidance, access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities in the UK and internationally. Supporters of the initiative in recent years include actors Olivia Colman and Zawe Ashton, actor-producer Brad Pitt, directors Tom Harper, Barry Jenkins and Asif Kapadia, game designers Brenda Romero and Tim Schafer, actor-writers Sharon Horgan and Amy Schumer, and writer-director Amma Asante.

Like much of BAFTA’s work in recent months, the initiative will embrace the digital era of communication, with networking opportunities and connections being made across the globe for Breakthrough participants using video-link. To mark the first global launch of a BAFTA initiative and encourage cross-cultural connections and collaboration, all Breakthrough participants will be celebrated and showcased together in 2021.

Since its launch in 2013, BAFTA Breakthrough has championed over 110 talented newcomers, including actors Letita Wright, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Malachi Kirby, Ray Panthaki and Molly Windsor, reality television producer Coco Jackson, composer Segun Akinola, game producer Dan Gray, and directors Rose Glass, Stella Corradi, Destiny Ekaragha and Michael Pearce. Previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to flourish within their respective disciplines, many becoming BAFTA winners and nominees.

Applications for BAFTA Breakthrough are now open. To apply or find out more visit:

Industry professionals can also recommend someone by going to and providing details of their recommended candidate. BAFTA will then contact the recommended individual to invite them to submit an application before the deadline.

Applications close on Wednesday 22 July. BAFTA Breakthrough 2020 participants will be announced in Autumn 2020.