The ceremony will take place on Sunday 16 February.
London, 5 February 2014: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Academy, will attend the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February.
His Royal Highness will walk the red carpet at London’s Royal Opera House, watch the awards ceremony and present Dame Helen Mirren with the Academy Fellowship, the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: "We are delighted to welcome our President back to the EE British Academy Film Awards. The Duke loves film and he is incredibly supportive of the work BAFTA does. Over the last year, The Duke has attended the launch of our ‘Give Something Back’ campaign and also given his name to three BAFTA scholarships, helping us deliver our shared ambition of giving talented young people a chance to succeed, regardless of their background."
The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on 16 February at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Stephen Fry will be returning to host this year’s ceremony, which will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One in the UK and in all major territories around the world. On the night, www.bafta.org will also feature red carpet highlights, photography and winners interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social networks including Facebook ( /BAFTA ), Twitter ( @BAFTA / #EEBAFTAs ), Tumblr and Instagram.
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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 Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, 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. For further information, visit www.bafta.org or www.bafta.org/guru .
'Give Something Back' is a BAFTA-driven campaign with the aim of supporting young people from all backgrounds entering the film, television and games industries, calling on BAFTA members, award winners and industry organisations to ‘Give Something Back’ and contribute towards BAFTA’s charitable activities. Initiatives include mentoring, scholarships, guest lectures and summer work placements, with opportunities to contribute both in the UK and the US. The initiative is supported by BAFTA’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who helped launch the scheme on 18 November 2013.
On 26 April 2013, the day Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden was inaugurated by TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Warner Bros. announced the creation of the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games. The three annual Prince William Scholarships assist talented people in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in one of the three industries. Successful applicants receive up to £10,000 to cover their course fees and mentoring support, free access to BAFTA events around the UK, and a funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies. The partnership between BAFTA and Warner Bros. is a demonstration of both organisations’ commitment to investing in future talent. The Prince William Scholarships form a key part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a multi-layered nationwide investment programme in skills and training for the UK’s creative industries, and build upon BAFTA’s successful BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which began in 2012.