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BAFTA slims down film awards voting system

BAFTA slims down film awards voting system

BAFTA slims down film awards voting system

BAFTA is to simplify the voting procedure for its film awards, reducing the number of rounds of voting from three to two.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says its Film Committee has been looking into the matter for several years and it’s decided to implement the changes in time for next year’s awards.

Under the old system, a first round of voting saw the qualifying films whittled down to a long-list of 15, which was then reduced to the short-list of 5 nominees, but from 2013, BAFTA will go straight to the short-list.

Members will continue to vote for both the nominations and the winner in the Best Film category and the contest for the four awards for performing.

The nominees for the categories including director, the screenplay awards, cinematography and other crafts will be selected by members of the individual chapters of the Academy, while any members can choose to opt in to the chapters that select those in competition for the genre categories; animation, documentary, foreign and British.

The chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee, the producer Nik Powell, said the new system was picked for its simplicity and clarity.

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