- 24 September 2020
- by Anne Thompson
When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences leadership looked for a model for its new inclusion standards, they turned to the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, which instituted guidelines in 2016. However, BAFTA faced a shocking lack of diversity in the 2020 Film Awards nominations. BAFTA promptly instigated a wide-ranging review of all its practices.
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BAFTA has announced more than 120 changes to its voting, membership and campaigning processes, as it published the findings of its in-depth, independently verified Awards Review. Unanimously approved by the BAFTA Board, the changes signal, per a press release, “the beginning of a significant cultural shift in BAFTA as it also challenges the industry to address the serious lack of opportunity and equality.”
On the membership front, BAFTA will implement a series of steps to ensure a more representative and inclusive membership that, according to their statement, “reflects today’s British society. The BAFTA Steering
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