BAFTA has published its latest membership data “as part of an ongoing commitment to represent the full breadth and diversity of talent across the screen industries within the Academy.”

As of May 2023, the current make-up of BAFTA’s membership is: 42% female and 58% male; 16% are from underrepresented ethnic groups; 7% with a disability; and 12% are LGBTQIA+.

The data shows that over 2,500 creatives from film, games and television globally have joined the organisation since 2020, bringing the total number of global members to over 11,500.

Bafta says that through “close collaboration with industry organisations and partners as well as high engagement from prospective members, progress is continuing towards meeting targets first set out in the 2020 BAFTA Review”  that set out plans to aim for a more representative and inclusive membership.

Last year BAFTA launched a new membership tier BAFTA Connect for emerging and mid-level creatives. To-date, it has provided over 1,400 talented people from across the screen industries with a tailored programme of support, to help build consistent and sustained careers in their chosen craft specialism. This year, the charity launched a new BAFTA Connect Directory to facilitate introductions and recognition among its wider membership, to help tackle the ongoing crew shortages and skills gaps, and enable new creative collaborations.

Jon Creamer

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