The British Academy has come up with several changes and adjustments to its rules for the upcoming 2024 film awards.
The most significant new additions will affect entries for the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut categories, each of which will, for the first time, be required to provide information on bullying and harassment policies implemented during production. The move builds on guidelines first drawn up by BAFTA along with other industry bodies in 2018 in the wake of the MeToo scandal, and will require producers to show, among other things, that there has been a clear process for people to report any incident. . A more detailed template will be available in the coming weeks, but those without any policy will need to appeal to the BAFTA Film Committee.
“For us, this sends a clear message to the industry that employees have a responsibility to provide safe working environments,” said Emma Baehr, BAFTA’s director of awards and content. The Hollywood Reporter.
Films submitted to the Outstanding British Film category will also be required to have had a sustainability policy as part of the production, and while the Diversity Standards requirements have not changed, BAFTA is asking for entries to provide data regarding the british. The new Diversity Standard E from the Film Institute, which covers accessibility.
“There will be a transition period where it is not mandatory, but we will need to collect the data so that we can monitor it together with the BFI to see where there might be areas where we need to offer more guidance and more clarity,” he said. Baehr.
Elsewhere, in the director category, whose rules were revamped as part of the main review in 2020, they were modified to include directors who identify as non-binary. By 2024, the top female, male, and non-binary directors will be selected up to a maximum of 17, maintaining gender parity between male and female directors. For the first round of voting, the BAFTA leadership chapter will vote for the top 16, of which the highest ranked female and male directors, along with directors who identify as non-binary, will be automatically listed up to a maximum of 11, maintaining gender parity. between directors and directors. The last six spots on the longlist will be determined by a longlist jury, selected from the next eight female directors and eight ranked male directors and non-binary directors.
The inclusion of non-binary directors was not “reactive,” explained Baehr, who said it was “just to ensure that we’re inclusive,” adding that “we look at every role and every part of our awards and we need to make sure that, looking at long term, let’s stay relevant and fair.”