BAFTA Cymru, otherwise known as BAFTA in Wales, is the Welsh branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It was founded in 1987. The aim of this organisation is in line with a common set of values and standards across BAFTA. The mission statement of which is as follows:
“The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving images, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public”.
To meet this aim BAFTA Cymru:
- Hosts regular screenings and events
- Hosts the British Academy Cymru Awards and the British Academy Games Award
- Creates opportunities for networking and peer to peer mentoring
- Promotes the creative industries of Wales internationally
The British Academy Cymru Awards
These British Academy Cymru Awards were established in 1991, with the first annual awards ceremony being held in 1992. The annual ceremony is held in Cardiff and recognises achievements in production, performance and craft categories in films and television programmes that are Welsh-made or made by those of Welsh birth or residence. It a separate ceremony from the UK wide British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Film Awards. However, any films and programmed recognised by BAFTA Cymru can feature in the BAFTA national awards.
Previous award winners and guests have included Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, Michael Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Eve Myles, David Tennant, Leslie Phillips, Aled Jones, John Humphrys, Charlotte Church, Ken Russell and many more. The British Academy Cymru Awards is an important independent platform that showcases the work reflecting the best Wales has to offer. It makes a huge different to those producing the work and also those who watch it.
The Award Ceremony has been hosted in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff since 1991 and has become a major highlight in the Welsh media industry calendar. Being handed the prestigious British Academy Cymru Award ‘mask’ is seen as recognition of creative excellence and is accompanied by the glitz, glamour and excitement of this film and television event. Aside from the glamorous event BAFTA Cymru also holds a number of events and initiatives. 60-80 events are held every year for existing industry practitioners as well as to discover, inspire and support emerging talent. For example, there has been An Audience with Eddie Izzard, An Audience with Jonathan Pryce, An Audience with Michael Sheen and 10 Years of Doctor Who New York Event.