A year after its seismic review which saw more than 120 far-reaching changes in its voting, membership and campaigning process, the British Academy unveiled a number of considerably smaller adjustments to its voting rules for BAFTA films, while expanding and modifying eligibility. criteria put in place during the pandemic.
With a few exceptions, the eligibility period for the 2022 Film Awards – which will take place on March 13 – runs from January 1, 2021 to March 11, 2022.
Films released between January 1 and July 1, 2021 are eligible if they meet the relaxed COVID criteria, which essentially means they are still eligible if released on an approved UK VOD platform because their original film release was disrupted due to the pandemic. However, with the UK lifting of lockdowns and the reopening of cinemas, films released after July 1, 2021 will require a theatrical release and are only eligible if they have been shown publicly to a paying audience in at least 10. commercial screens in the UK for at least seven days in total (excluding festivals).
Among voting adjustments, in the director category, which earlier this year ended male dominance, with female directors representing four of the six nominees, the first round will now see the top seven male and female directors elected by the Chapter of the realization – rather than eight as before – automatically in long list. The three male directors and the three remaining female directors will be selected by the long-list jury.
In the four performance categories, the two best performances voted by the actor chapter in the first round will now be automatically nominated. Another change – perhaps more notable – will for the first time see portraits of all performers published on the BAFTA View voting platform.
“That way, for actors and performers who aren’t necessarily big household names, you can start to recognize them and pin a name to the face, and then when you vote you can see all of those names and figure out who.” is who, “said Anna Higgs, chair of the BAFTA film committee, adding that it was – like much of the review process in general -” to level the playing field “.
For documentaries, after the first round of voting to decide on the long list of 15 people, a specialized jury will be set up for the second round, the two best films of the first round joining the three selected by this new jury to constitute the five nominees. .
According to Emma Baehr, executive director of awards and content at BAFTA, the academy has seen “a much higher volume of entries” in documentaries. âSo we want to make sure that our members can see as many films as possible,â she said.
The documentary and film not falling within the English language categories will also continue to have a lower qualifying threshold and an extended eligibility period for the prizes. These films can be entered in all categories if they have been screened publicly on at least one commercial screen in the UK for at least seven days in total (excluding festival screenings), with the eligibility period for the 2022 awards ranging from until March 31. 2022.
Elsewhere, Outstanding First Films eligibility continues to use the lower qualifying threshold (films shown on at least one UK commercial screen for at least seven days in total), but for the first time, films can also be eligible by being screened in festivals during a newly created first creation. list of qualifying festivals.
âWhat we’re doing is trying to make sure that the first film made by a filmmaker is eligible, rather than the first of their films to hit theaters in the UK,â Higgs said. “We wanted to recognize that sometimes people could get a really amazing exposure at the festival, but not an actual release.”
Following the major overhaul in 2021, BAFTA is committed to constantly reviewing its processes, making annual updates, and fine-tuning its rules as needed.
âThe review isn’t something we just did and that’s it,â Baehr said. âIt’s about leveling the playing field, and it’s a job we need to work harder on, it’s something we need to keep doing. So all we do from now on is build on that. “