BAFTA to Block Awards For Films That Aren’t Diverse Enough

Two of the main British Film Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards will only be awarded to films which meet diversity targets, the British Film Institute (BFI) has announced. From 2019 onwards, nominations for the awards of ‘outstanding British film’ and ‘outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer’ will need to conform to the BFI’s Diversity Standards, established two years ago to increase representation of minorities within British film. The nominations will have to show that they have improved diversity within at least two of four categories to qualify: on-screen characters and themes; senior roles and crew; industry training and career progression; and audience access and appeal to under-represented audiences, the BBC has reported. In a statement, Bafta said they believed the changes constituted “a flexible and achievable model, which the whole industry can adopt as a shared language for understanding diversity.” To be able to qualify for award nomination, film-makers will have to demonstrate they have “worked to increase the representation of under-represented groups” in areas including “onscreen representation” and “industry access and opportunities”. It means popular films such as the James Bond hit Skyfall, which won two Baftas including ‘Best British film’ in 2012,