The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has adopted new diversity rules for films qualifying for consideration for awards.In order to compete for the awards, productions will, from 2019, have to demonstrate that they have made effort to boost diversity in two of the four following areas:
- On screen representation, themes and narratives
- Project leadership and creative practitioners
- Industry access and opportunities
- Opportunities for diversity in audience development
Under-represented groups in the film industry include people from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT. It also includes people from lower socio-economic groups.
In certain categories productions based or set outside London can also count towards achieving the standards.
Film4 and BBC films have already agreed to adopt the standards.
Offsite Comment: The Sky is Falling
31st December 2016 See article from spiked-online.com by Christian Butler
A number of articles about BAFTA’s new rules single out Skyfall, the 2012 James Bond film, as an example of a previous winner that wouldn’t be nominated under the new guidelines.
Offsite Video Comment: Diversity: Do as we tell you – and be diverse
31st December 2016 See video from YouTube by the Britisher
The Britisher wonders whether the rules will restrict the BBC from producing programmes in settings where a diverse cast would be a distraction, think Jane Austen or King Arthu.r