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BAFTA Raises Over £250,000 At Inaugural Film Gala Dinner

6 February 2015
Event: BAFTA Film Gala Dinner, in conjunction with Cushing & WakefieldDate: Thurs 5 February 2015 Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly - Area: CHAMPAGNE RECEPTIONBAFTA/Jonathan Birch

Fundraiser in aid of ‘Give Something Back’ – BAFTA’s campaign to support young people from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries

London, 6 February 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that over £250,000 was raised at last night’s inaugural BAFTA Film Gala Dinner at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, in support of its ‘Give Something Back’ campaign.

Give Something Back’ is a BAFTA campaign supporting young people from all backgrounds to enter the moving image industries, connecting them with some of the best film, television and game makers to help inspire and guide their careers.  

The event was supported by the attendance of Andy Serkis, Alice Temperley, Emilia Fox, Freddie Fox, Henry Cavill, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Jim Carter, Joe Dempsie, Joanna Lumley, Kit Harrington, Art Malik, Lesley Manville, Twiggy, Stephen Mangan, Louise Delamere, Edith Bowman, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Colman, Olivia Grant, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Tom Hiddleston.

Guests enjoyed a dinner followed by silent and live auction with prizes of film- and television-related lots including tickets to attend Sunday’s EE British Academy Film Awards, a set visit to watch Downton Abbey being filmed and a number of lunches and dinners with well-known actors. A private screening later this year of the new Bond film, SPECTRE, fetched £20,000.

The auction was followed by entertainment from The London Cabaret Club and a party at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.

The inaugural BAFTA Film Gala Dinner was sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield and the Emicapital Foundation and supported by Champagne Taittinger, Fisher Productions, The London Cabaret Club, Mad Dog Casting, Smythson and Villa Maria Wines. 

Notes to editors

BAFTA Film Gala Dinner menu, as created by BAFTA 195 Piccadilly’s Head Chef, Anton Manganaro:


Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV


Rare roasted fillet of 30 day Aberdeen Angus beef from Brechin on crispy potato with onion marmalade, watercress and horseradish cream
Smoked Severn and Wye salmon tartar, granary croute, cucumber pickle, fennel fronds and beetroot caviar
Cotswold quails egg with dill mayonnaise and tomato pickle served in a crispy Berkswell cheese cup (V)
Wood-roasted red pepper tart with basil mayonnaise and crispy shallots (v)


Var Scottish smoked salmon from the Severn and Wye smokery with a garnish of capers, shallots, gherkins, chopped egg and lemon served with toasted sourdough and wholemeal toast

Vegetarian Starter

Winter garden salad

Main course

Cumin and coriander rubbed rump of Romney Marsh lamb with a crostilliant of slow cooked lamb shoulder on olive and preserved lemon crushed potatoes, with a pine nut, red pepper and saffron jus

Vegetarian Main

Crispy pumpkin and spinach cannelloni with roasted celeriac, pumpkin puree and lemon butter foam


Apple tart fine with toffee and cinnamon ripple ice cream
Valrhona 70% bitter chocolate tart with peanut butter ice
A selection of Fortnum & Mason teas, Fairtrade filter coffee and herbal infusions with homemade petits fours


Villa Maria Cellar Selection Riesling 2008
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


Pisco Sour

50ml 1615 Pisco
25ml Sugar Syrup
25ml Fresh Lime


50/50 Amaretto and J&B Rare Whiskey
Served on the rocks

For further information on this event, please contact freuds:

Nichola Jewitt

020 3003 6543

[email protected]

For further information on the awards campaign, please contact freuds:

Kerry Porter                                                                  Emma Micklewright

020 3003 6648                                                               020 3003 6353

[email protected]                                              [email protected]


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production, visit For more information, visit 

About Give Something Back

Give Something Back is a BAFTA driven campaign with the aim of connecting young people with some of the best film, TV and game makers, who will help inspire and guide their careers in the industries. BAFTA want to support emerging talent from all walks of life to use their creative skills in a career within the moving image. Initiatives include mentoring, scholarships, masterclasses and in-school talks. The campaign already works with a range of partners and schools such as the BFI Academy, STEMNET, Speakers For Schools, Into Film and IdeasTap and in 2014 delivered activity in 23 schools and clubs nationwide, reaching approximately 6,000 young people. Full details of the campaign, and how to contribute, are available at

About BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is situated in the heart of London’s historic West End. Ideal for conferences, exhibitions, celebrations, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings combining all the prestige and glamour of the movies, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly offers understated elegance as well as a number of spaces, which can be transformed for any requirement or theme. Event spaces include a state of the art cinema with 227 seats, an intimate screening room, mezzanine space and gallery as well as an option for a whole venue buy-out at weekends. BAFTA 195 Piccadilly holds a full wedding licence for the Princess Anne Theatre, the David Lean Room and the Run Run Shaw Theatre, catering for weddings and receptions from 12 to 350. For more information, visit

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment. Founded in 1917, it has 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. It offers a complete range of services to its occupier and investor clients for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, appraisal, consulting, corporate services, and property, facilities, project and risk management, visit .

About The Emicapital Foundation

The Emicapital Foundation is a non-profit project born in Dubai in 2011, with the mission to fill Dubai cultural space with international content. Our vision is to introduce the United Arab Emirates to the Western World as a new frontier for International Culture and Art, by fostering knowledge interchange and real-world projects,

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