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BAFTA Young Presenter Competition in Partnership with First News is Open for Entries

4 September 2017
Event: British Academy Children's Awards 2016Date:  Sunday 20 November 2016Venue: The Roundhouse, CamdenHost: Doc Brown-Area:  BACKSTAGEBAFTA/Jonathan Birch

Win the chance to host behind-the-scenes coverage at the British Academy Children’s Awards

The competition is open to 7-14-year-olds

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has partnered with First News, the UK’s only national newspaper for young people, to reopen its BAFTA Kids Young Presenter Competition for a second year.

The competition aims to find an exciting new young presenter, aged between 7 and 14. The lucky winner will get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of hosting BAFTA’s behind-the-scenes coverage at the British Academy Children’s Awards on Sunday 26 November at The Roundhouse in Camden, London. The winner and other shortlisted entrants will also get the opportunity to present for the First News website ( and at other BAFTA events throughout the year.

To enter the competition, which this year celebrates BAFTA’s 70th anniversary, children are invited to submit a short video of no more than two minutes, which shows them interviewing an older friend or family member about their first film, games or TV memory.

In the video, the presenter should introduce their interview subject, ask them for details about the film, games or TV memory, and find out why it is so memorable. Each video should include the line “reporting for BAFTA Kids” either at the start or end of the video. 

An independent jury, including some of the most well-known presenters in children’s television, will select the winner. Confirmed names include:

Officially Amazing presenter Ben Shires
CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton
Cartoon Network presenter Nigel Clarke
CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee
BBC presenter and Editor of First News Productions Chris Rogers
Editor-in-Chief of First News Nicky Cox
Head of Content Partnerships, Google/YouTube Rosie Allimonos

The jury is looking for children who are friendly and engaging, with a real passion for presenting. Their top tips for entrants are:

  • Speak clearly
  • Be enthusiastic!
  • Listen and be interested in your subject

The deadline for entries is Thursday 21 September and the winner will be notified on Thursday 26 October 2017.

Full details are available at

The BAFTA Kids programme is a year-round series of events, including workshops, roadshows and master classes, which offer families an insight into the films, games and television programmes they enjoy.

The annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in children’s media. This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday 26 November.

Notes to Editors:

2016 Young Presenter winner Tianna, and members of this year’s jury, are available for interview on request.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Hearn – [email protected]
Hephzibah Kwakye-Saka – [email protected]

The prize will include travel and accommodation for the winner and one chaperone (18+)

The competition is open to children ages between 7 and 14 inclusive and full permission of the parents or guardians will be required.


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

About BAFTA Kids

BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent, online challenges and competitions, and special hospice screenings. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy.