BAFTA made major changes to its criteria for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British, Director or Producer categories. The changes have been brought in after discussions with BFI and major film producers. Under the new rules, films that depict or promote diversity will be the ones considered for awards in these categories. BAFTA believes these new rules will increase diversity in British films.
BAFTA said in a statement, “This significant change demonstrates BAFTA’s intention to take a leading role, together with our key partners, in increasing the representation of under-represented groups in front of and behind the camera.” These rules will be in force 2019 onwards. The new rules dictate that films have to increase diversity in on screen representation, themes and narratives, project leadership and creative practitioners, industry access and opportunities and opportunities for diversity in audience development.