BAFTA to Expand Learning and Talent Development Program

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Georg Szalai on May 20, 2021.

BAFTA has unveiled plans to “dramatically expand the work it does to find and support new talent in the U.K. and globally.”

In 2022, the British academy plans to “relaunch its year-round learning and talent development program, engaging over 10 million learners online and equipping 80,000 people a year with the tools to develop a career in film, games and television via events, competitions and initiatives,” it said on Thursday. “In addition, bespoke year-round support will be given to 4,000 talented individuals through initiatives including BAFTA Breakthrough, BAFTA Crew, Young Game Designers and newly-developed initiatives to help talent realize their potential.”

The organization said that the initiative will give it its first-ever dedicated learning space, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Financial details weren’t disclosed. …

THR 5/20

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