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BAFTA searches the nation for local film heroes with 'For The Love of Film' competition

6 November 2019

Entries now open for the second annual competition recognising individuals from across the country that have done something amazing simply ‘For the Love of Film’

BAFTA Award winner Olivia Colman lends her support to ‘showcase unsung heroes’

Following a hugely successful inaugural year, which drew hundreds of applications from across the country, BAFTA is once again searching the nation for inspiring individuals and local heroes who help their communities’ access and engage with film.

Do you know someone who fought to save your local cinema? Set up a film festival in your town? Or runs a film club for their local care home? BAFTA are looking to celebrate these individuals and are asking the great British public to submit applications on behalf of someone who they feel should be recognised for their amazing contribution. Entries for this year’s competition are now open at , with the deadline for submissions Monday 2nd December 10am GMT.

Olivia Colman, Leading Actress winner 2019, has lent her support to this year’s campaign, and highlights London’s Peckhamplex as a great example of that community spirit.

“It’s really exciting to see BAFTA honour and recognise people who work tirelessly to share the joy of film with their local communities. The ‘For the Love of Film’ competition is an excellent platform to showcase the unsung heroes of the UK’s film industry.”

“A brilliant example of an organisation playing a vital role in making movies accessible to their community is local cinema, Peckhamplex – they provide all films all day at one affordable price, amazing Q&As and special interest weeks. They are really community minded and helpful; I couldn’t praise them enough.”

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “Film has the power to change lives, which is why BAFTA is committed to celebrating inspiring individuals from across the UK who are ensuring that film is at the heart of their local communities. Last Year I was so impressed by the work of both Screen Machine and Jam Jar Cinema and I can’t wait to see who is selected this year.”

The entrants will be considered by a panel of leading industry experts including BAFTA Award winning director Amma Asante, broadcaster Edith Bowman, four-time BAFTA Award winning writer/director Paul Greengrass, filmmaker and content creator Jack Howard, and Andrew Orr from the BAFTA film committee.

The two chosen winners will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to join BAFTA and EE in celebrating the country’s biggest night in film at the EE British Academy Film Awards on the 2nd February 2020.

The inaugural ‘For the Love of Film’ competition honoured Dan Ellis – Founder and Managing Director of Jam Jar Cinema and Iain MacColl – Senior Operator, Screen Machine. Find out more about last year’s winners, watch and share their short documentaries below:

Dan Ellis


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Iain MacColl


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The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 2 February. The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK and broadcast in all major territories around the world. On the night, will feature red carpet highlights, photography and winner’s interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social channels including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter and Instagram (@BAFTA / #EEBAFTAs).

For further information, please contact: 
Kerry McGlone at freuds
T 020 3003 6648
E [email protected]

Notes to editors:

Process for Entry: Explain in 500 words or less the reason they or their nominee should be recognised by BAFTA and what lengths they have gone to ‘For The Love of Film’ and upload a maximum of two supporting artefacts such; press cuttings, photographs, supporting statements etc.  Submission form is hosted at

Deadline for entries/ submissions Monday 2nd December 10am GMT


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 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 advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit For more, visit