Bafta makes the first steps into India with applications for BAFTA Breakthrough Awards.
The Breakthrough Award in India will be spearheaded by A. R. Rahman who has been appointed ambassador for 2020-21. The collaboration hopes to continue the creative relationship between British Film and Television with the talent across India.
In order to find the breakthrough talent India has to offer, BAFTA is being supported by streaming giant Netflix.
Among Rahman’s awards are six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South.
As part of BAFTA Breakthrough India, a jury of British and Indian industry experts will select five talents from across India to take part in the year-long mentoring and guidance program.
BAFTA Breakthrough, launched globally in May 2020 and previously known as Breakthrough Brits, has been running in the UK since 2013 and in China since 2019, but this year marks the first time the initiative is recognising talent globally across the UK, US, India, and China.
A.R. Rahman, said: “I am happy to be working with BAFTA to discover some of the amazing talent that India has to offer in film, games, and television. This is a unique opportunity for promising artists to be supported by a world-renowned organisation, to not only make connections with other talented creatives across the world but to be mentored by BAFTA-winners and nominees. I am looking forward to seeing the brilliant talent chosen from India to be showcased on a global stage.”
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are absolutely delighted to be opening Breakthrough applications in India for the first time. I am also incredibly grateful for the invaluable support of our brilliant Ambassador A. R. Rahman, an industry leader in his creative work and someone who shares our passion for identifying and nurturing new talent. He is well-positioned to support the initiative, with his broad spectrum of work drawing recognition across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films, which will help BAFTA to appeal to a wide section of the industry.”
To celebrate the first global cohort of BAFTA Breakthrough participants and encourage cross-cultural connections and collaboration, this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough global participants will be celebrated and showcased together in 2021.
To submit an application, at www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/breakthrough/bafta-breakthrough-india. The deadline for applications is Monday 25th January 2021.