After Oscars, BAFTA Postponed. New Eligibility Rules For 2021 Film Awards Announced

Must read

Why A Cougar Probably Won’t ‘Stalk’ You — And What To Do If It Does

Chances are, the cougars aren’t after you.  But you would have been hard-pressed to tell that to Kyle Burgess on Saturday, when...

How to disable and delete Samsung Pay from your Galaxy phone

When it comes to paying conveniently, Samsung Pay makes using your phone as a bank card an easy process; however, there may come...

Games of the Generation: Stardew Valley is a welcome break from the chaos of the world

Games of the GenerationAs we approach the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, TechRadar is looking back at the games that...
Bhawani Singh
I am a blogger who believes in delivering latest tech news from around the world to my viewers.

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the shutting down of theatres leading to the postponing of many movies that were looking to release theatrically. While some are still aiming to screen their movie in 2020, many have pushed theirs back to 2021. This had also put them in the danger of becoming ineligible of prestigious award ceremonies like Oscars and BAFTA. But it looks like the award ceremonies have made some sensible adjustments.

After the Academy postponed the Oscars to April 25, 2021, the BAFTAs followed and announced today that they’re postponing the EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 to April 11, 2021. In addition to that they’re making some changes to the eligibility rules for the movies that want a swipe at the trophy. The statement read,

“The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced temporary changes to its film eligibility rules for the EE British Academy Film Awards for 2021. These changes are in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which resulted in UK cinemas closing on 20 March, and are the result of extensive industry consultation. BAFTA has also confirmed that next year’s Film Awards will be held on Sunday 11 April 2021. This change from the previously announced date of 14 February acknowledges the impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended eligibility period.”

The changes are as follows:

  1. Movies that were in theatres when they closed due to the pandemic will be eligible regardless of the number of screenings.
  2. Movies that were going to release theatrically on a confirmed date but couldn’t do so due to the lockdown will be eligible if they release on an approved commercial VOD platform during the 2020-21 eligibility period.
  3. Movies that didn’t have a confirmed release date will be eligible if they release on an approved commercial VOD platform. After lockdown, if theatres re-open, these movies will only be eligible if they are given a theatrical release.
  4. On a date that is yet to be determined by BAFTA and once cinemas re-open all movies, except those outlined in points 2 and 3, must release theatrically within the eligibility period.
  5. Any theatrically released movie for the rest of the eligibility period will have a lower qualifying threshold i.e. a minimum of one screening per day for seven days.
  6. Movies that will release on VOD should be available to UK audiences for at least 30 days.
  7. All movies should be made available to BAFTA voting members on BAFTA view (BAFTA’s online viewing site).
  8. All movies, theatrical or VOD, must be released with the Film 2020-21 eligibility period which BTW will be announced in autumn 2020.

Well, here’s to hoping that these rejigged rules allow filmmakers from all over the world to heave a sigh of relief. I also wish that the authorities don’t have to postpone any further because it messes up a lot of logistics and is harmful financially as well.

SEE ALSO: BAFTA TV Awards 2020: Chernobyl Bags Top Spot With 14 Nominations; The Crown, Fleabag Are Not Behind!

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India

Source link

More articles

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Satellites picture methane across the globe

The GHGSat company releases a tool to show how methane varies in the atmosphere across the world. Source link

US says Google breakup may be needed to end violations of antitrust law

The Justice Department lawsuit could lead to the break-up of an iconic company that has become all but synonymous with the internet and...

How to Turn Off Your Webcam and Microphone on Zoom

While on a Zoom call, you may want to turn off your webcam’s video and mute the audio from your microphone for a...

US Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar Streamed Among Us in Twitch Debut

US Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ilhan Omar went live on game streaming platform Twitch earlier today to play space-themed, multiplayer social deduction...

Speedify VPN review | TechRadar

Making use of a VPN almost always cuts your internet speeds, which is no real surprise given all that encryption overhead.Speedify aims to...
- Advertisement -