BAFTA has revealed the longlists for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2022, which include some productions filmed in the West Midlands. This longlisting round was introduced in 2021 for the EE British Academy Film Awards resulting in three rounds of voting. The publication of the longlists follows the BAFTA 2020 Review, whereby over 120 wide-ranging changes were introduced across voting, membership and campaigning.
Round One Voting
Chapters are made up of a minimum of 100 BAFTA members who hold specialist knowledge in the relevant craft. Members are also invited annually to opt-in to up to three feature chapters including Outstanding British Film, Documentary, Film Not in the English Language and Animated Film, plus British Short Film and British Short Animation. Juries are made up of industry experts, with each jury comprised of BAFTA members from a diverse range of backgrounds, experience, gender, location and age groups.
Round One voting, which took place from 10 December 2021 to 4 January 2022, produced the longlists in all categories announced this week. Every category in this round was voted on by a craft chapter, opt-in chapter or jury, with the exception of Best Film which was voted for by all film voting members. As part of Round One voting, all film voting members were assigned a randomly selected sample of 15 films as recommended viewing ahead of voting. This ensured all entered films were each individually viewed hundreds of times and encouraged voting members to consider a wider range of films.
Round Two and Three Voting
Round Two voting, which takes place from Friday 14 January, will determine the nominations which will be announced on Thursday 3 February. Then, Round Three voting will take place from Wednesday 9 February and will determine the winners, to be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 13 March. The EE Rising Star Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday 1 February. All qualifying films were made available on BAFTA View, BAFTA’s online viewing platform. Voting members were able to access every entered film, allowing them to watch as many films as possible from a much earlier stage in the process than in previous years, and there have been over 134,000 streams to date.
In Round Two of voting, members are required to watch all longlisted films before they can vote for the nominations in Best Film, their craft chapter and opt-in chapters to ensure all films are given due consideration.
Longlist and Ceremony
The longlists can be accessed HERE.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 13 March and will be broadcast in the UK on BBC One. Further details regarding the ceremony will be revealed in due course.
The eligibility period for the BAFTA Film Awards 2022 is 1 January 2021 – 11 March 2022 (31 March for Documentary and Films Not in the English Language). For the 2022 Film Awards only, films which have a confirmed release between January-March 2022 may move their release date up to 30 June 2022 and remain eligible, as release schedules may be disrupted because of the continuing uncertainty about the ongoing pandemic.
BAFTA Film Committee Chair Anna Higgs said: “2021 continued to be a difficult year for so many, including the film industry with cinemas in the UK remaining closed until May last year and shoots continually adapting to restrictions. Throughout the ongoing uncertainty, BAFTA has remained dedicated to making the Awards fairer for entrants, to celebrate excellence, and support a more inclusive industry. We are delighted to announce this year’s longlist. Such an exciting range of films, different genres and incredible performances being recognised is a real testament to the strength, ingenuity and resilience of our crews, talent and filmmakers.”
BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar said: “The breadth of films and talent recognised in the longlist announced today shows the enduring creativity and resilience of the film industry against a backdrop of more challenges and uncertainty over the last year. At the same time, BAFTA has made considerable changes to our rules and voting processes. This is to level the playing field for all film awards entries and importantly to ensure more titles are watched by more voters.
“While nothing beats the theatrical experience of watching a film on the big screen, this year all titles have been made available to members on BAFTA View which has seen voters watching more films on average than previous years as well as a significant increase in the number of views of films overall. Over 134,000 have been streamed already before we begin the second round of voting. This is a positive step in our work to promote and enable a more inclusive, accessible and sustainable industry. I’m encouraged by the support of our members in the changes we’ve made. And cannot wait to find out the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards on 3 February.”
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