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BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew: FAQs

BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew aims to support the next generation of film and television talent through insights from BAFTA winners and nominees, and a community of peers and future collaborators. 

For £30 you will get a year round programme of:

  • Monthly masterclasses exploring the craft behind a BAFTA-nominee or the team behind a BAFTA-nominated film/television project
  • A monthly roundtable on areas including mental health and well-being, sustainable practices and freelancing as well as small group discussions with BAFTA-winners and nominees.
  • Structured networking events for participants to connect with each other, BAFTA members and industry
  • Access to a private Facebook group for networking, showcasing work and promoting crew opportunities
  • A dedicated fortnightly newsletter outlining upcoming events and opportunities
  • Access to private playlist of event recordings and transcripts
  • Inclusion in an online directory of every BAFTA Crew participant, circulated in the BAFTA members newsletter and to selected press
  • Travel bursaries to attend live events delivered around the UK

Criteria

Writers, directors and producers must be actively working towards their first feature or their first TV/online commission and meet at least one of the following:

  • Have been a recipient of short film funding during 2019/20 from the BFI NETWORK funding programmes provided by Ffilm Cymru Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Film Talent Network, Short Cirtuit, Doc Society or the BFI in partnership with the English film hubs.
  • Have been commissioned or premiered on an online or broadcast platform
  • Have a minimum of one broadcast or feature credit from the last three years
  • Made a short film which has been selected for a BAFTA-qualifying festival in the last three years
  • Have an original TV programme under option with a production company
  • For writers only: Have one piece of full-length theatre work performed professionally in the UK or one radio credit.

Craft and technical ‘below the line’ talent should:

  • Have 2-4 broadcast or feature credits in their department, in the last three years. Details of which craft departments the programme covers can be found below.
  • For all departments: one of your credits can be a commercial credit, a short or a daily on a feature or broadcast
  • For hair and make-up, art department and costume only: one of your credits can be a professional theatre credit.

Craft and technical applicants with extensive experience in commercials and short films may still be considered at the discretion of the jury.


FAQs

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. Please register your interest here to be kept informed of key dates in 2021. 

How will participants be selected?

Participants will be selected by a jury of industry representatives who are looking for the relevant experience and a commitment to working in the film and television industry. 

Do I have to be living in the UK to access the programme?

Applicants need to be currently living and working in the UK, however we welcome those with international experience on their CV.

I’m a writer, director, producer and I’d like to apply for mentoring, how do I do this?

There will be an opportunity in the application form to express your interest in mentoring opportunities for those from under-represented groups. For further information on the mentoring including previous mentees and mentors click here

When do I need to pay the £30 joining fee?

Participants will need to pay the joining fee upon selection. which will need to be paid upon selection. A limited number of programme bursaries are available for successful participants who require financial support. Further information will be provided in the acceptance letter.

Where will the events take place?

The majority of the 2020/2021 programme will remain online due to the on-going disruption caused by Covid-19. Any live events taking place in 2021 will be based on the geographical location of the final group, with travel bursaries available for those based more than 50 miles away from the venue.

Which craft departments does the programme cover?

We encourage applications from those working in the following departments; art department, camera and lighting, costume, composition, editing, hair and make-up, production (including accounts, casting, intimacy coordinators and locations) production and post-production sound, SVFX and VFX.

For craft and technical talent, what do you consider a main team credit?

A main team credit in your department includes assistant and coordinator positions, floor or production runners but does not include trainee credits. To include a credit, it must be either a broadcast or theatrically released feature credit.

I am an actor, can I apply?

No, this programme is for those working behind the camera

I am in full-time education, is this programme for me?

No, this programme is aimed at those already working in the industry. Students should visit Guru Live, BAFTA’s festival for new entrants across film, games and television held in London, Scotland and Wales.

I am a trainee, am I eligible for BAFTA Crew?

This programme is not aimed at trainees, instead it is for those already working in the industry. Trainees are eligible to apply for Guru Live Access Pass 

I am a BAFTA member, can I apply?

No, this programme is not applicable to full BAFTA Members. BAFTA Members will be invited to attend events to meet participants and can nominate potential candidates by emailing [email protected]

I am an experienced practitioner looking for training that will develop my technical skills. Is this programme for me?

This programme is not a technical training course and is not designed for one specific craft. BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew will give you access to a programme of events led by industry creatives and aims to provide a community of professionals at a similar level in the industry, to network and collaborate with.

I have already participated in the BAFTA Crew programme, am I eligible for the 2020 programme?

Participants from previous years are welcome to re-apply. Applicants will need to list credits made within the past three years. If you have taken parental leave in the last two years and would like to discuss your eligibility, please email [email protected]

Can I see a full calendar of events in advance?

We work with the industry’s best practitioners who won’t always know their availability months in advance. We will endeavor to give participants as much notice as possible when programming events. Upon selection you will have access to an fortnightly newsletter outlining upcoming events.

Who will deliver the events?

BAFTA events are delivered and led by BAFTA-winners and nominees as well as industry professionals from the film and television industry. 

Will BAFTA cover my travel to and from events?

We have a number of travel bursaries available per event to supplement travel costs for those travelling more than 50 miles from their home address. Further details will be available upon selection and before you pay your fee.


By accepting your place as a participant on BAFTA Crew, you agree to the BAFTA Crew Code of Conduct.


This programme is made possible with the support of BFI NETWORK, awarding funds from the National Lottery