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EE BAFTAs | For the Love of Film: The search for the nation’s local film heroes has begun!

Somehow, it’s already been a year since BAFTA’s hugely successful inaugural year on For the Love of Film, which drew hundreds of applications from across the country, and now they’re on the hunt again across the nation to look for inspiring individuals and local heroes who help their communities’ access and engage with film. One of the finest things in life!

So, here’s where we all need you! Do you know someone who fought to save your local cinema? Set up a film festival in your town? Or runs a film club for their local care home? BAFTA are looking for those wonderful individuals and are asking us all to submit applications on behalf of someone who they feel should be recognised for their amazing contribution.

Entries for this year’s competition are now open at bafta.org/for-the-love-of-film-competition-2019

The deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd December 10am GMT.

Olivia Colman, Leading Actress winner 2019, has lent her support to this year’s campaign, and highlights London’s Peckhamplex as a great example of that community spirit.

“It’s really exciting to see BAFTA honour and recognise people who work tirelessly to share the joy of film with their local communities. The ‘For the Love of Film’ competition is an excellent platform to showcase the unsung heroes of the UK’s film industry. A brilliant example of an organisation playing a vital role in making movies accessible to their community is local cinema, Peckhamplex – they provide all films all day at one affordable price, amazing Q&As and special interest weeks. They are really community minded and helpful; I couldn’t praise them enough.”

The entrants will be considered by a panel of industry experts including BAFTA Award winning director Amma Asante, broadcaster Edith Bowman, four-time BAFTA Award winning writer/director Paul Greengrass, filmmaker and content creator Jack Howard, and Andrew Orr from the BAFTA film committee.

The two winners will then get a once in a lifetime opportunity to join BAFTA and EE in celebrating the country’s biggest night in film at the EE British Academy Film Awards on the 2nd February 2020!

The inaugural ‘For the Love of Film’ competition honoured Dan Ellis – Founder and Managing Director of Jam Jar Cinema and Iain MacColl – Senior Operator, Screen Machine. Find out more about last year’s winners, watch and share their short documentaries below:


The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 2 February.




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