BAFTA Breakthrough Continues Hunt for Indian Talent, Retains AR Rahman as Ambassador

Industry Watch | October 22, 2021 | News

BAFTA Breakthrough Retains AR Rahman

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced academy award-winning composer AR Rahman as the Breakthrough India ambassador for another year as it invites applications in India for the next edition of the programme.

Supported by Netflix, this programme will aim to identify, promote and support Indian talent across film, games and television on a global scale.

The programme provides funding to support international networking opportunities with one-to-one meetings and roundtable sessions; career coaching sessions and support with professional skills development; access to BAFTA’s virtual programme of events and screenings for 12 months; and PR support and showcasing.

Amanda Berry OBE (a British honour), Chief Executive of BAFTA, said, “India has a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered and showcased. For the second year, we are delighted to open applications for BAFTA Breakthrough supported by Netflix. The high quality of applicants in our first year prompted the jury to select ten individuals rather than five, and we look forward to receiving applications from the very best emerging talent in film, games and television again."

Rahman said, "BAFTA Breakthrough India is an awe-inspiring initiative that offers the unique opportunity to promising artistes to connect with influential experts in their field, serving as a life-changing experience. India has supreme talent to offer which was evidenced by the overwhelming response received during the first round of Breakthrough India that compelled the jury to select ten deserving participants instead of five as originally planned. I am delighted to be back working with BAFTA and once again look forward to unearthing remarkable Indian talent in film, games and television for the world stage.”

Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India, said, "Coming together to create opportunities for fresh talent and offering them a global platform is vital to the growth of the entertainment industry. Through the BAFTA Breakthrough India initiative, we want to drive progress in creating a more inclusive industry where many tales are told, and many voices tell those stories. We look forward to an equally enthusiastic and quality response as in the first year.”

Ten individuals were identified to participate in the programme via BAFTA Breakthrough India’s first edition: Akshay Singh (writer), Arun Karthick (director/writer), Jay Pinak Oza (cinematographer), Karthikeya Murthy (composer), Palomi Ghosh (actor), Renu Savant (director/writer), Shruti Ghosh (game developer and art director), Sumit Purohit (director/writer), Tanya Maniktala (actor) and Vikramaditya Singh (director).

Know more about the programme here

The programme, in its second edition, will identify, promote and support Indian talent across film, gaming, and television.

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