British Academy Film Awards

"BAFTA Awards" redirects here. For the Television Awards, see British Academy Television Awards. For the Games Awards, see British Academy Games Awards.
British Academy Film Awards
70th British Academy Film Awards
Awarded for The best in film
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded 1949
Official website

The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). As of 2008, it has taken place in Central London at the Royal Opera House, the latter having taken over from the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square. The 69th British Academy Film Awards was held on 14 February 2016.


British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy, by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell and others. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television, which eventually became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976.

BAFTA stated charitable purpose is to "support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public". In addition to high-profile awards ceremonies BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events including film screenings and tribute evenings. BAFTA is supported by a membership of about 6,000 people from the film, television and video game industries.

The Academy's awards are in the form of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe, which was commissioned by the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.

Annual ceremony

The location for the 2008 ceremony.

The ceremony previously took place in April or May and since 2002 it takes place in February in order to precede the Oscars. The awards are mostly open to all nationalities, though there is an award for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. Only UK films are eligible for the categories of The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards.

The Awards ceremony is delayed broadcast on British television the same evening (usually BBC One), and across the world. It has been broadcast in colour since 1970.


From 2000 to 2007 the ceremonies took place at the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square. As of 2008, the ceremonies take place at the Royal Opera House.


Until 2012, the mobile network Orange sponsored the awards and starting in 2013 Orange's parent company, EE, began sponsorship.

Awards categories (competitive)

Retired awards

Other awards (non-competitive)

In memoriam section

During the ceremony, BAFTA pauses to pay tribute to those in the industry who died over the previous twelve months, with a montage of images accompanied by music.


Event Date
1st 29 May 1949
2nd 29 May 1949
3rd 29 May 1950
4th 22 February 1951
5th 8 May 1952
6th 5 March 1953
7th 1954
8th 1955
9th 1956
10th 1957
11th 1958
12th 1959
13th 1960
14th 1961
15th 1962
16th 1963
17th 1964
18th 1965
19th 1966
20th 1967
21st 1968
22nd 1969
23rd 1970
24th 1971
25th 1972
26th 1973
27th 1974
28th 1975
29th 1976
30th 1977
31st 1978
32nd 1979
33rd 1980
34th 1981
35th 1982
36th 1983
37th 1984
38th 5 March 1985
39th 1986
40th 1987
41st 1988
42nd 1989
43rd 1990
44th 17 March 1991
45th 1992
46th 1993
47th 15 April 1994
48th 9 April 1995
49th 23 April 1996
50th 29 April 1997
51st 18 April 1998
52nd 11 April 1999
53rd 9 April 2000
54th 25 February 2001
55th 24 February 2002
56th 23 February 2003
57th 15 February 2004
58th 12 February 2005
59th 19 February 2006
60th 11 February 2007
61st 10 February 2008
62nd 8 February 2009
63rd 21 February 2010
64th 13 February 2011
65th 12 February 2012
66th 10 February 2013
67th 16 February 2014
68th 8 February 2015
69th 14 February 2016
70th 12 February 2017

See also


  1. "The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award - Awards", The BAFTA site, 6 March 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
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