The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced a stunning list of jury members for its first BAFTA Breakthrough India initiative supported by Netflix. Distinguished professionals from the film, sports and television industries came together to select this year’s Talented Honors. The jury was chaired by AR Rahman, Ambassador of BAFTA Breakthrough India.
BAFTA invited candidates from across the country to apply for its flagship talent initiative ‘BAFTA Breakthrough India’. Due to numerous quality applications from the films, games and television industries across the country, the initiative will recognize not five but ten emerging Indian talent in three industries.
Ten selected BAFTA Breakthrough India honors will receive one-on-one mentoring and career guidance in the UK and internationally, full voting BAFTA membership and access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities.
Due to the ongoing Kovid-19 epidemic, the jury met virtually, bringing a diverse mix of national and international knowledge into the film, sports and television industries.
The list of 2021 gamblers includes:
AR Rahman – Jury President (Music Composer)
Anupam Kher (Actor)
Charu Desodat (Former BAFTA decider and game producer)
Krishnendu Majumdar (BAFTA Chair & TV Producer)
Meera Nair (Director / Writer / Producer)
Monica Shergill (VP, Content, Netflix India)
Shonali Bose (Director / Writer / Producer)
Siddharth Roy Kapoor (Founder and Producer in Roy Kapoor Films)
BAFTA Breakthrough India Ambassador and Jury Chair, AR Rahman said, “BAFTA is a platform where artists from all over the world including the best of India are represented and celebrated, and this is part of my Breakthrough India jury. I respect you. There are many creatives in India who want to bring their art to the world to showcase India’s vibrant and diverse culture, but unfortunately, they face both mental and external traps. The opportunity to discuss these blocks, to engage on issues of creativity, to make the right connections, to network and develop, will be the plethora of talent we have in our country. Through Breakthrough, we provide our knowledge and contacts to artists, as well as opportunities that nourish their craft well and help them leave their mark on the world. India is home to incredible artists and I am proud of us. This is the time when we know our names, it is the time when we all shine. “
BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry OBE said, “It is one of the most lucrative creative industries in India and is home to many talented film, sports and television practitioners. The BAFTA Breakthrough initiative will facilitate meaningful collaboration between creative communities globally and is one of the most exciting, extraordinary parts of the initiative. We are excited to support the next generation of talent in India and look forward to working with them and offering unique career development, networking and promotion on a global platform. “
The decider marks the arrival of BAFTA to showcase, showcase and bring to India the select talents of India, Britain and America, as well as the creative talent of the coming generations in film, sports and television. BAFTA Breakthrough India, launched in November 2020, is BAFTA’s flagship, global new talent initiative that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television. Previously known as Breakthrough Brits, the initiative has been running in the UK since 2013 and in China in 2019, but for the first time this year the initiative is recognizing talent globally in the UK, US and India. It has championed 165 talented newcomers in its history, including actors Letitia Wright, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Malachi Kirby, Ray Pentaki and Molly Windsor, reality television producer Coco Jackson, musician Segun Akinola, sports producer Dan Gray, and The director is involved. Rose Glass, Stella Coradi, Destiny Eckergha and Michael Pearce. Previous judging alumni have flourished in their respective disciplines, becoming more than 50% BAFTA winners and nominees.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, BAFTA Breakthrough India juror, said, “India has such a depth of talent with an incredible diversity of life experience and very often this talent does not find an outlet to shine, to reach out to those who Can facilitate and encourage without. them. The BAFTA Breakthrough India program will give emerging talent an unprecedented opportunity to connect and learn from the best people in the world. I was proud to be part of the process of such intense, thoughtful and strongly decisive discussions with all of my fellow gamblers. Time and effort is being spent to review each candidate so closely. The final selection was difficult because there was so much outstanding talent to choose from, but I am incredibly excited by the final list of chosen honors, each of whom believes that I have the potential to make my mark on the global stage in the coming years For making. “
The final list of honors will be announced in early May 2019.
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