Bafta scouts young talent with Breakthrough Brits scheme

The mentor programme celebrates "the future of film, television and games"

New to the performing arts and looking for that elusive big break? Step this way…


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is teaming up with Burberry to seek out the UK’s boldest and brightest talents with a scheme called Breakthrough Brits. The mentor program aims to showcase new performers and directors and guide them through the industry as they begin their careers.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to showcase their work on a public stage, and to make the industry connections that are so important to developing their careers both nationally and internationally,” said Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta. ”We hope their achievement will inspire others taking their first steps in the film, television and games industries.”

Up to 20 new talents will be selected to attend a day of career mentoring from Bafta officials at their headquarters in London this October. The evening will close with a reception held at the Burberry Regent Street store to showcase the new faces.

The Breakthrough Brits will also be granted year-long membership to Bafta and additional career guidance.


Nomination submissions opened this morning and run until 8 July at 10am. Applicants must be UK nationals within their first year of starting their performing arts career and have been credited in at least one production between October 2012 and October 2013. The selection process will consider each applicant’s personal statement, as well as prompts about their creative entrepreneurship and what makes them a Breakthrough Brit. Visit the Bafta official website for more details.