BAFTA Makes Changes To Voting And Eligibility For 2023 Film Awards, Org Is In “Consultation” On Topic Of Genderless Categories

BAFTA has made changes to the voting rules and eligibility criteria for its 2023 Film Awards. Scroll down for the changes in their entirety.

Primarily, the changes give more power to voting members in the performance and director categories. Last year’s awards were praised for their strong diversity, but some criticized that the voting juries had too much of a hold on the nominees in some categories.

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For the 2023 awards, there will be an equal number of vote-based nominees and jury-based nominees in each acting category, while the directing category will include two vote-based nominees and four performance-based nominees. jury.

The BAFTA long lists will be shortlisted for Best Film, All Craft categories and Best British Film. This was done to ensure that members have enough time to watch all the movies.

A change is also made to the eligibility of producers. BAFTA works closely with the PGA, and producers eligible for nomination in the Best Picture and Best British Film categories will be determined by the PGA. Producers in the Outstanding British Film category may appeal for inclusion if they do not have PGA accreditation.

In light of some other UK and international awards shows introducing non-gender categories, we asked the organization if they were considering going down a similar route.

A BAFTA spokesperson told us: “We support and are committed to a proactive and thoughtful consultation on this matter which will be considered by the BAFTA Film and Television Committees when defining the eligibility criteria for our future prices.

Voting will continue to take place in three rounds: shortlisting, nominations and winners. The long list and nominations announcement dates were also confirmed today. The long list will be unveiled on January 6, 2023, followed by the nominations on January 19, before the ceremony on February 19. This year’s BAFTAs fall three weeks before the Oscars.

Anna Higgs, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said: “We are delighted to confirm our plans for the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023, as we continue to shine a spotlight on the incredible ingenuity and creativity of the filmmakers, as well as their talented cast and crew. With a continued industry-wide focus on meaningful representation, our expansion of inbound diversity and inclusion data will accelerate BAFTA’s progress in driving positive change globally. As the BAFTA Film Committee, we believe deeply in ensuring our processes are clear and transparent for voters, encouraging as many films as possible to be viewed, and leveling the playing field for all. Developed in consultation with industry stakeholders and global BAFTA members, the eligibility and voting updates continue to put excellence at the heart of everything we do, and we look forward to celebrating. extraordinary UK and international talent at the upcoming Film Awards.

BAFTA Update on Award Eligibility and Voting Rules

Voting in the first round (long lists)

The Longlist cycle was first introduced in 2021 following the 2020 BAFTA review. Each category in this round is voted on by a Craft Chapter, Opt-in Chapter or Jury except for Best Picture, which is voted on by all of the movie’s voting members. Chapters are made up of a minimum of 100 BAFTA members who hold specialist knowledge in the relevant trade. The Film Committee reviewed the longlists, resulting in the following changes for 2023:

The best film and all crafting categories will now be 10 films (from 15 films)

The Outstanding British Film will now be 15 films (out of 20 films)

The director will now be 16 films – 8 female films and 8 male films (out of 20 films)

Longlists for Outstanding Debut, British Short Film and British Short Animation categories will remain unchanged (10, 10 and 6 respectively)


· Performance: the top three performances in the four performance categories in the Chapter 1 round of voting will be automatically nominated, up from two in 2022. The jury selection and nomination process remains the same as last year, the nominating jury selecting the remaining three places on the nominations list (up from four last year) – with the total number of nominations remaining the same at a total of six per category.

· Director: The top two directors (regardless of their gender) from the first round vote of the chapter will be automatically nominated. The top five female directors and top five male directors will be shortlisted. The pre-selection jury will select the remaining three female and three male directors to create a long list of 16 (equal gender distribution). In the second round, the nominating jury will select four directors to join the two automatically nominated in the first round, creating a nomination list of six.

· Make-up and hairstyle: Candidates eligible for appointment will remain at the Head of Department level. Additional nominations may be submitted – up to a strict maximum of four nominees.

· Producers: Producers eligible for nomination in the Best Picture and Best British Film categories are determined by the PGA. From 2023, the PGA will also determine eligible producers in the Animated Film, Documentary and Non-English Film categories. In these three categories if the PGA has not determined the eligible producers, the maximum number of eligible producers will remain at one (as well as the Director), without appeal.

Eligibility dates

The eligibility period, during which films must be released theatrically in the UK for the first time, will run from 1 January 2022 to 17 February 2023 for all films except those eligible for Documentary and Film Non en Langue Anglaise (FNIEL), which can be published until March 10, 2023 inclusive. Both day and date versions will be eligible; however, VOD-only releases are not.

BAFTA view

It will remain mandatory for all competing films to be available on the BAFTA View voting members’ online viewing platform, with further details of key dates on the BAFTA website.

Diversity and Inclusion

BAFTA studies input data through its awards to deepen understanding and provide insights into how screen industries are progressing in diversity and inclusion and highlight areas of under-representation. This data informs rule changes as well as BAFTA’s proposed interventions and initiatives to address industry issues.

· Diversity standards: BAFTA became the first awards organization to introduce diversity criteria in 2018. Reinforcing previous guidelines, entrants from all film categories will be encouraged to submit basic details of their diversity standards information. Meeting BFI Diversity Standards will remain mandatory for Outstanding British Films and Outstanding Debuts.

· Bullying and Harassment: Entrants to Outstanding British Films and Outstanding Debuts will be asked to provide details of their company’s policies on bullying and harassment. This is not mandatory but is encouraged to inform future activities and is consistent across all BAFTA Awards including TV and Games.

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