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BAFTA Breakthrough Brits announces 2019 Jury Members

18 September 2019

Joe Cole and Bertie Carvel are among those selecting this year's BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 

Leading figures from across the film, games and television industries met today at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, to select this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits.

BAFTA Breakthrough is BAFTA’s flagship new talent scheme that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television in the UK. Since its launch in 2013, BAFTA Breakthrough Brits has championed over 100 talented newcomers. Honourees receive one-to-one mentoring and career guidance, as well as access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities in the UK and internationally.

This year’s cohort of talented newcomers will be celebrated at a special celebration event on Thursday 7th November at the Banqueting Hall on Whitehall.

Joe Cole, 2019 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Juror, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to sit on this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits jury. I have loved watching the work of this year’s shortlisted newcomers. It’s an exciting time in global film, games and television, with so much opportunity, but it can also be daunting for those trying to break into the industry. Breakthrough Brits is an incredible programme, offering invaluable support, guidance and mentoring from BAFTA.”

Sara Putt, 2019 Breakthrough Brits Jury Chair, said: “The Breakthrough Brits initiative showcases the enormous wealth of talent beginning to make a mark in the creative industries. I have been involved in BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for a number of years and it has been incredibly exciting to chair this year's jury process. It’s fantastic to have such a revered group of industry leaders in the room to help choose the emerging stars of the future and we have all been blown away by the amazing breadth of talent coming through, both behind and in front of the camera. BAFTA plays such an important role in nurturing and celebrating the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television”

Previous Breakthrough Brits include actress Letitia Wright (Black Panther), BAFTA EE Rising Star winner, actor Tom Holland (Spider-man: Homecoming), actor Alex Lawther (End of the F---ing World, Imitation Game) and composer Segun Akinola (Doctor Who),

Supporters of the initiative in recent years include actors Olivia Colman and Tilda Swinton, actor-producer Brad Pitt, directors Tom Harper and Barry Jenkins, game designers Brenda Romero and Tim Schafer, and actor-writers Sharon Horgan and Amy Schumer.

As previously announced, Netflix is the main supporting partner for BAFTA Breakthrough Brits.

Full list of Jurors in 2019:

  • Sara Putt - Jury Chair
  • Aysha Rafaele - BBC Studios
  • Lauren Dark - Commissioning Executive, Film4 & former Breakthrough Brit
  • Tara Saunders - Head of Studio Operations, Sony Playstation
  • Marc Samuelson - Producer
  • Teresa Moneo - Director of International Film, Netflix
  • Dan Pinchbeck - Creative Director, The Chinese Room
  • Elin Festoy - Producer, The Norwegian Film School, VR and Interactive
  • Jay Hunt - Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video – Apple
  • Moo Yu - Co-Founder, Foam Sword Games
  • Joe Cole - Actor
  • Penny Woolcock - Director & Screenwriter
  • Bertie Carvel - Actor

Jury biographies are available HERE

Jury headshots are available HERE

A press junket with the 2019 Breakthrough Brits will take place on Tuesday 29th October. To request accreditation for this, please contact Molly Whitehall | [email protected] | 0203 432 5839.

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For BAFTA Breakthrough Brits press requests and any other enquiries, please contact:

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Molly Whitehall | [email protected] | 0203 432 5839

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