Bring back the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards
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Filmmaking is an extremely challenging career, everyone is looking for a way to make their work seen by those in the industry who can help open doors and make things possible. It is even more so in Scotland where the opportunities are very limited, especially so for those who fall outside of the '16-25 years old' category.
As it stands at present if you are over the age of 25 then the only real opportunity available to help give your career a chance is the SFTN Scottish Shorts programme which happens once a year and is extremely competitive. Beyond that many people find the lack of support in Scotland to be crippling the creativity that this country has to offer.
The BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards were a fantastic way of recognising the vast array of immensely talented people residing here in Scotland, putting them on the radar of industry professionals and creating possibilities through this prestigious award. Many creatives have got an extremely helpful stepping stone into their career thanks to even just a nomination for a New Talent Award. It was the only programme of its kind in the UK which was accessible to everyone in the early days of their career and a very prestigious way to reward their hard work. Simply the association with BAFTA carried so much weight, that it was invaluable to creatives trying as hard as they could to climb the career ladder.
However within the last couple of years the New Talent Awards have quietly disappeared without any explanation, and instead a new programme titled 'BAFTA Guru' has apparently replaced it. 'BAFTA Guru' is a series of talks, masterclasses and Q&A sessions with industry professionals throughout the UK, and whilst these provide a wealth of knowledge to those attending, the issue is that it takes the spotlight away from the up and coming talent and instead places them in the audience.
Therefore we would like to petition BAFTA Scotland to please reinstate the annual BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards to continue to help inspire, nurture and kickstart the careers of countless creatives around the country.
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