- The four final categories to broadcast live for the first time in BAFTA’s history
- Two hosts will lead the night on-stage and from a new BAFTA Backstage Studio, offering audiences at home the best seat in the house
- Voting kicks off this Friday 9 December
With three months to go until the EE BAFTA Film Awards on 19 February 2023 at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, new details of BAFTA’s plans for the production and revitalised format of its BBC One and worldwide broadcast are set out today.
For the first time, the evening will culminate in a live broadcast of the final four categories, enabling audiences to be a part of the excitement at the Royal Festival Hall, and experience the nominee and winners’ reactions in real-time.
The production will be bolstered by two hosts, leading the ceremony from the auditorium and a new BAFTA Backstage Studio: an ‘Access-All-Areas' for audiences at home. It will offer viewers a 360-degree viewing experience complete with VTs from the red carpet and backstage, alongside talent interviews from past and present winners, nominees and presenters. The production is co-delivered between BAFTA and Spun Gold TV, with their appointment recently announced here.
Three rounds of voting by BAFTA’s global membership kick off this Friday. The longlist will be released on Friday 6 January, followed by the nominations via a global livestream on Thursday 19 January from the art’s charity newly redeveloped HQ at 195 Piccadilly, London.
Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said: “The EE BAFTA Film Awards is an annual showcase to celebrate the extraordinary skills, talent and craft of the film industry. We know the transformative impact that winning a BAFTA can have, not only for the names in the gold envelope, but for all the people watching at home who we hope will be inspired to become the filmmakers of the future. The changes we are introducing to the BBC One broadcast of the Awards will ensure those audiences will have the best seats in the house. Going live for the last awards of the night will raise anticipation, and our back-stage studio will give viewers exclusive insight into the event and the talent taking part. Voting opens tomorrow, after an outstanding year for film - from British independent productions to global blockbusters. We can’t wait to reveal the nominees on 19th January.”
Following the success of last year’s iconic performance from Dame Shirley Bassey, inspired by 60 years of James Bond, music performances will feature throughout the broadcast from music newcomers and legends alike. The EE BAFTA Film Awards will air on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer and syndicated globally.
The BAFTA Awards shows bring together British and international talent to celebrate creative excellence across the screen industries, and to inspire the next generation of talent. The awards have been a core part of the charity’s mission to identify and celebrate creative excellence, and drive positive industry change, since its inception 75 years ago. With new CEO Jane Millichip having joined in October, and a major redevelopment of BAFTA’s HQ completed earlier this year, 2022 marks an exciting year of transformation and renewal for the organisation.
Notes to Editors
- In previous years, the ceremony has been recorded and broadcast as-live on the same day.
- Further background on the voting process can be found here.
- A selection of imagery can be found on BAFTA’s Third Light website here.
BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).
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