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BAFTA ventures into India with Breakthrough Initiative to support new talent

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BAFTA ventures into India with Breakthrough Initiative to support new talent

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Monday introduced its ‘Breakthrough Initiative’ which is able to establish, rejoice, and support up to 5 abilities working in movie, video games, or TV in India.

The flagship new talent initiative is a part of BAFTA’s year-round work to support new talent, working alongside their awards ceremonies worldwide.

According to a press assertion, BAFTA Breakthrough India will assist facilitate the event of relationships between British talent and India’s homegrown creatives. The initiative is supported by Netflix.

“India is one of the most prolific and accomplished industries and a fascinating centre for the screen arts with lots of creative diversity, which extends far beyond the world-famous ‘Bollywood’.

“Some of the most effective practitioners on the planet work in Indian movie, video games, and tv – and practitioners from all over the world have a lot to be taught from them,” Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent, BAFTA, said in a statement.

BAFTA aims to work closely with local cultural bodies and industry in the country to reach each sub-region’s unique landscape and identify individuals who have shown creative promise in film, games, and TV.

Participants will be selected by a jury and will be offered a year-long support programme from BAFTA and be showcased across India and the UK.

They will also receive one-to-one mentoring, guidance sessions, global networking opportunities, free access to BAFTA events and screenings for 12 months, and full voting BAFTA membership as part of Breakthrough.

Monika Shergill, Vice President, Content, Netflix India said the streaming giant shares BAFTA’s vision of providing “breakthrough alternatives to rising talent”.

“We’re thrilled to lengthen our support to the programme in India and assist amplify our nation’s new voices. This initiative will meaningfully convey collectively inventive communities throughout borders, support their tales, unearth uncooked talent and supply them with recognition on the world stage,” Shergill stated.

BAFTA Breakthrough India is a new worldwide iteration of the Breakthrough initiative, which has been operating within the UK since 2013, China since 2019 and has launched within the USA this yr, supporting over 130 rising abilities to date.

The programme has supported people comparable to Tom Holland, Letitia Wright, Florence Pugh, Jessie Buckley, Josh O’Connor, and Callum Turner.
Industry supporters of the initiative in recent times additionally embody actors Oliva Colman, Naomi Harris, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Sharon Horgan, Amy Schumer, administrators Tom Harper and Barry Jenkins, recreation designers Brenda Romero and Tim Schafer.

The Breakthrough programme might be supported by a sequence of craft masterclasses, which is able to function British and Indian talent sharing their experience and insights with audiences throughout India and the UK. 


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