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US Newcomers Program

BAFTA LA Garden PartyGetty ImagesThe Newcomers Program is a four-year new talent initiative, recognizing and supporting international rising stars who have recently moved to the United States to further their development and career.

Click here to meet the 2021 Newcomers.

Click here to register your interest for the 2022 intake.

Since the program’s launch in 2007, this initiative has recognized the long and fruitful legacy of international talents moving to the US to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and expand their network of peers.

Those accepted on to the program will demonstrate:

  • A body of work that exhibits a demonstrable trajectory of growth and career advancement.
  • Alignment with the core values of BAFTA to strive for excellence in the art forms of the moving image, in an inclusive and collaborative spirit.
  • The passion and potential to become an international talent.

The Program

With its international reach, BAFTA is in a unique position to support new talents expanding their career into the US.

Each participant will receive access to BAFTA membership events and curated Talent Development Events aimed at supporting both career development, and the transition to living and working in the US.


  • Professional networking opportunities.
  • Peer-matching with others who have recently moved to the US.
  • Curated educational programming
  • Access to BAFTA’s wider professional development event schedule including our special BAFTA Briefing sessions and our BAFTA Insights series.

We also encourage participants to be actively involved in many of our events and programs and to truly become part of the BAFTA family.

Applications for the Newcomers Program are reviewed and accepted once per calendar year.

At the conclusion of the program, participants may then be eligible for our new talent alumni scheme, to continue their relationship with BAFTA. 

Click here to meet the current Newcomers!


Those selected for the Program will be asked to pay an annual fee of $175 (plus a processing fee of $25).

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Non-US Citizen
  • Have lived in the United States for less than three years as of June 30.
    • Time spent as a full-time student in film, television or games related courses will not count towards these two years.
    • Typically, applicants must have lived in the United States for less than two years. An additional year has been added to this year’s residency requirement in consideration of those who have been adversely affected by the global pandemic.
  • Have full-time employment, or be working on a full-time basis if self-employed, in film, television, and/or games, or related professions. OR Be a full-time student at a school connected with film, television and/or games with an expanding portfolio of work that demonstrates a trajectory of growth and career advancement.

Application Process

Applications are closed for the 2021 BAFTA Newcomers Program.

Applications will be reviewed by our Learning & New Talent Committee. Factors to be considered will include academic qualifications, prior industry experience, and the applicant’s body of work. In short, we are looking for the next generation of our peers in their respective fields.

Applicants may also be interviewed in order to further demonstrate his/her eligibility to the Committee, as outlined above.

The program is intended to last four years. However, participation in subsequent years is not automatic. Continuation to a subsequent year will be contingent on the participant demonstrating career progress and ongoing benefit from their association with BAFTA and vice versa, as well as continuing to meet the basic criteria,

In exceptional circumstances, the Committee in its sole discretion may terminate an individual’s participation in the Program at any time.