A cross-industry jury of leading figures from film, television and games industries met at the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), 195 Piccadilly in London, to decide which talented newcomers will be named this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry.
The jury – which included BAFTA-winning actor Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve), BAFTA-winning actor/director Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Submarine) and actor Jack O’Connell (Skins, Starred Up, ’71) – agreed the successful individuals, who will be revealed at a showcase event at the global Burberry flagship store, 121 Regent Street, on Monday 27 October.
BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, which was launched in conjunction with Burberry in 2013, is now in its second year. The initiative celebrates and supports the UK’s future stars of film, television and games through mentoring, guidance sessions and networking opportunities, as well as free access to BAFTA events, over 12 months.
The jury was comprised of an impressive list of industry experts from across film, television and games, all keen to support emerging British talent. These included several BAFTA winners and nominees such as: producer Hilary Bevan Jones (State of Play, Cracker); screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Public Enemies); James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli OBE (Skyfall, Casino Royale); Charles Cecil MBE, Co-Founder of Revolution Software (Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games); Documentary-maker Molly Dineen (Lie of the Land, The Ark); Composer Anne Dudley (The Full Monty, Jeeves and Wooster); Game developer Nina Kristensen (Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword); Polly Leys (Random, Holy Flying Circus); and Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
Also participating in the jury were: game developer Georg Backer (Catcha Catcha Aliens); producer James Dean (This is Jinsy, Supersize vs Superskinny); Tim Corrie, co-founder of United Agents; Cinematographer Ula Pontikos (Lilting, Weekend); Lee Schuneman, Studio Head at Microsoft’s Lift London; and Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at Channel 4 and E4.
John Willis, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA, who chaired the jury after an open call for nominations, said: “The standard of the candidates across film, television and games has been even higher in this second year, as more potential applicants have understood the value of being a Breakthrough Brit. We look forward to revealing the names of this year’s honourees in October, and supporting them over the coming year as their careers develop. Some of our inaugural Breakthrough Brits have already gone on to become BAFTA winners, so the sky really is the limit.”
This year’s initiative is also supported by Rosewood London and Audi.
Full list of jurors:
John Willis (Jury Chair) – Chief Executive of Mentorn Media, Group Creative Director of Tinopolis plc, and Deputy Chairman of BAFTA
Georg Backer (Games Sub-Committee Chair) – Game developer
Hilary Bevan Jones (Film and TV Sub-Committee Co-Chair) – Producer
James Dean (Film and TV Sub-Committee Co-Chair) – Producer
Richard Ayoade – Actor
Ronan Bennett – Screenwriter
Barbara Broccoli OBE– Producer
Charles Cecil MBE – Co-Founder of Revolution Software
Olivia Colman – Actor
Tim Corrie – Agent
Molly Dineen – Documentary director, cinematographer and producer
Anne Dudley– Composer
Nina Kristensen – Game developer
Polly Leys – Producer
Mike Newell – Director
Jack O’Connell – Actor
Ula Pontikos – Cinematographer
Lee Schuneman – Studio Head at Microsoft’s Lift London
Piers Wenger – Head of Drama at Channel 4 and E4