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BAFTA To Launch Virtual Reality Advisory Group

18 August 2016

BAFTA invites industry professionals to debate and determine the short and long-term impact of VR on the film, TV and games industries.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced today that it is inviting individuals to participate in its new Virtual Reality Advisory Group. The group will be spearheaded out of Los Angeles and its insights will be used to inform BAFTA’s global activities in the US, UK and beyond.

The independent advisory group will be tasked with exploring the impact that VR will have on the current landscape of the film, television and games industries, and the opportunities for the next generation of storytellers to work within a new medium.

The group will also explore the most appropriate ways to incorporate VR into BAFTA’s broader remit to celebrate, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image.

It will be chaired by AMD’s Corporate Vice President for Technology and Content, Roy Taylor, and will be comprised of individuals representing both the technology and creative sectors. “I am thrilled that BAFTA has invited me to lead this advisory panel,” said Taylor.  “I am looking forward to working alongside my industry colleagues in order to develop a greater understanding of the function and creative possibilities of VR.”

Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles, said: “Virtual Reality has become one of the hottest new mediums in our industry, but there remain questions around what impact it will have on our creative world. As a global community of members representing the many sectors of the industry, BAFTA is committed to exploring these important questions and determining how best to build VR into our future initiatives.”

Nick Button-Brown, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: “We are hugely excited to be providing a platform for discussion on VR’s significance across all the creative industries, BAFTA’s role in celebrating excellence in this field, and, crucially, how we can support the next generation of talent to find new ways to work with this medium. Although based in Los Angeles, the advisory group will discuss, explore and inform BAFTA’s global activities in the realms of virtual reality, and with its impact cutting across different industries, will be completely connected to our sector committees for games, film and television.”

For information on how to apply, interested parties can contact: [email protected].

For further information:
Elyse Weissman at SLATE PR (US)
T 310-461-0114
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Kelly Smith at BAFTA (UK)
T +44 (0) 20 7292 5821
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts 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 programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. 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, television and games production, visit For more, visit