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BAFTA Breakthrough ventures into India, supported by Netflix

Madhushree Chakrabarty November 24, 2020
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ventures in India with the the Breakthrough Initiative, supported by Netflix. Under this flagship, BAFTA will work towards supporting new talents, alongside operating Awards ceremonies across the world. The BAFTA Breakthrough India will also help to facilitate the growth of relationships between India’s homegrown creativities and British talent for an entire year.

The Bafta Breakthrough India is the new international version of the Breakthrough initiative. This has been successfully running from 2013 in the United Kingdom, since 2019 in China, and has launched in the USA this year. The initiative has supported more than 130 rising talents till date, including some of the most famous faces of the Hollywood such as Florence Pugh, Tom Holland, Jessie Buckley, Letitia Wright, Callum Turner and Josh O’Connor. Also, there are actors like Naomi Harris, Oliva Colman, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, directors Tom Harper and Barry Jenkins, actor-producer Brad Pitt, actor-writers Sharon Horgan and Amy Schumer, game designers Brenda Romero and Tim Schafer.

“BAFTA is uniquely placed to facilitate creative partnerships across the moving arts, being one of the only art charities to work across film, games, and television and on a global scale,” said Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent, BAFTA. “India is one of the most prolific and accomplished industries and a fascinating centre for the screen arts with lots of creative diversity, which extends far beyond the world-famous ‘Bollywood’. Some of the best practitioners in the world work in Indian film, games, and television – and practitioners from around the world have much to learn from them.”

Monika Shergill, Vice President, Content, Netflix India said, “Netflix shares BAFTA’s vision and responsibility in providing ‘breakthrough’ opportunities to emerging talent. We’re thrilled to extend our support to the programme in India and help amplify our country’s new voices. This initiative will meaningfully bring together creative communities across borders, support their stories, unearth raw talent and provide them with recognition on the world stage.”

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