BBC Films to receive BAFTA
by Naman Ramachandran
- Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award for company in its 25th year
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will accord BBC Films, in its 25th year, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the British Academy Film Awards ceremony on February 8. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Nik Powell, Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said, “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalogue. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like Billy Elliot and Mrs. Brown's Boys D’Movie and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements but also an affirmation of why BBC Films is so important for the film industry both here in the UK and further afield.”
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, said, “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers – one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the British film industry as a vital cultural force. I want to thank all the amazing filmmakers, our many partners and a deeply committed team of BBC colleagues, past and present, who have made BBC Films the creative hub that it is today. It’s a real privilege to lead the team at BBC Films and we will all be galvanised in our efforts to support and promote the industry by this prestigious award from BAFTA.”