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BAFTA Announces Changes to Film Awards Voting Procedure

25 June 2012
2012 Film Awards masksBAFTA\Charlie Gray

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts today announced changes to the voting procedure for the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Following extensive discussion, consideration and research over several years, the Film Committee has confirmed a move from a three-round voting system to a two-round system. This will be implemented in time for the 2012/13 voting period.

As per previous years, members will vote for both the nominations and the winner in the Best Film category and the four performance categories. Members will have the opportunity to opt in to chapters to vote for the nominees and winner in Animation, Documentary, Film Not in the English Language, and Outstanding British Film.

Individual chapters will now decide the nominees and members will vote for the winner in Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Editing, Make-Up & Hair, Original Music, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects.

Voting procedures remain unchanged for Outstanding Debut by a Writer, Director or Producer in their First Feature Film, Short Film, and Short Animation categories: a jury will decide both the nominations and winner for Outstanding Debut; the Short Film and Short Animation nominations will also be decided by a jury, and the winners decided by an opt-in chapter.

Nik Powell, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee said:

“For several years, the question of whether the Academy should move from our three-round voting system to a two-round system has been on the Film Committee’s agenda. After much research and debate, the Film Committee has elected to implement a two-round system for the 2012/13 Orange British Academy Film Awards.

[[MEDIA:{"IMAGE":"http:\/\/\/images\/width250\/film-logo-thin-16270.png","WIDTH":"250","ALIGN":"RIGHT","ALT":"Film Logo [Thin crop]","CREDIT":null}]]“This decision was taken due to the simplicity and clarity of a two-round system, not to mention its potential to involve members more. These changes capitalise on the strength and expertise of the Academy’s chapter voting system, which was first introduced in 2004/05.”

Notes to editors:

The Orange British Academy Film Awards will be held on 10 February 2013.

A chapter is comprised of members with specialist skills or experience in a particular craft area.


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