BAFTA Updates TV and Craft Awards to Support Female Director Nominees

BAFTA made important changes to its television and TV craft awards to level the playing field for women in historically unbalanced categories like directing.

At the 2023 Awards, scheduled for next spring, the top three male and three top female directors from the first round of membership voting in the fact, fiction, and multi-camera directing categories will automatically be considered by the jury.

The new intervention is a first for the TV Craft Awards and, according to BAFTA, aims to increase women’s visibility at the crucial longlisting stage, “with the longer-term goal of encouraging greater representation of women.”

Not a single woman has been nominated for Best Factual Director at the awards – a startling statistic which was heavily criticized earlier this year by We Are Doc Women, an organization dedicated to supporting female documentary film directors, reflecting on inequality denounced in the nominations.

Elsewhere, the top three male and top three female performers from the first round member vote are now automatically considered by the jury. This is another first for the TV Awards, which once again aims to increase the visibility of women in the longlisting phase.

Meanwhile, the Original Music category is being halved to create two categories: one for fiction and another for fact. This change takes account of the increasingly high entry volume in the composition area.

In the International category, the top three unscripted and top three scripted programs will now automatically be longlisted to provide a balance between unscripted and scripted competitors (more scripted shows have entered the judging panel in the past).

Sara Putt, BAFTA Vice Chair and Chair of the BAFTA Television Committee, said: “Television and the way audiences consume content are constantly evolving and it is important that we adapt. As a mirror of the industry, we are in a privileged and unique position to drive and influence positive change. I am pleased that the updates to our 2023 BAFTA TV Awards announced today include specific interventions to address historical gender inequalities, reflecting our commitment to broader representation, strengthening key craft roles in both ceremonies, and leveling the playing field for all.

“These changes, developed in conjunction with BAFTA’s Television Committee and through close consultation with our industry peers and members, ensure our awards recognize excellence on and off screen while remaining competitive. Submissions open tomorrow – we and our members can’t wait to start voting,” Putt said. BAFTA Updates TV and Craft Awards to Support Female Director Nominees

Charles Jones

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