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‘FOR THE LOVE OF FILM’, EE BAFTA’s Search for Local Film Heroes Returns

BAFTA and EE are once again on a nationwide search on the lookout for members of the public who bring their love of film to the nation. Communities have relied on local heroes more than ever over the last couple of years and BAFTA and EE want to honour those people who have supported their neighbours and community through the medium of film. Have you fought to help keep your local cinema open? Have you set up a film festival in your local community? Have you taken the joy of cinema to those most in need of it? Or have you run a cinema for a remarkable length of time? BAFTA and EE want to honour those outstanding people who have gone beyond the call of duty to share their passion in these trying times.

Entries for this year’s competition are now open here and the deadline for submissions is Friday 11 February at 10:00am GMT.

TV Presenter AJ Odudu, who was recently announced as red-carpet co-host at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 has lent her support to this year’s campaign, highlights the importance of local cinemas and communities to the film industry. 

“I am so excited to work with BAFTA to showcase and celebrate the fantastic people that have been working to bring the joy of film to their local communities, as well as supporting the UK film industry over the last couple of years. I cannot wait to meet the winner on the red carpet at the EE BAFTA Film Awards!”

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive at BAFTA, said: “The last few years have been difficult for everyone, not just the film industry, and ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards, we want to celebrate the individuals from across the UK who are lifting the spirits of their local communities through film. Previous winners have been heart-warming, moving, and represent the very best of the Great British public, and I can’t wait to see this year’s entries.” 

The entrants will be considered by a panel of leading industry experts and the chosen recipient will get the opportunity to join BAFTA for a memorable evening at the UK’s biggest celebration of film. The prize includes an overnight stay in London, as well as professional hair and makeup ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards taking place on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Previous ‘For the Love of Film’ competitions have honoured Janet Dunn and Martin Fol who fund and operate Liverpool’s Plaza Cinema, Lizzie Banks the producer of Oska Bright Film Festival, as well as Dan Ellis, Founder and Managing Director of Jam Jar Cinema and Iain MacColl, Senior Operator, Screen Machine. You can find out all about the contest’s previous winners here.

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 13 March. The ceremony, celebrating the very best of British and international film talent, will be returning to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, and broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer. On the night, www.bafta.org will feature red carpet highlights, photography and winner’s interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social channels @BAFTA.

As previously announced, nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards will be revealed on Thursday 3 February 2022, following the EE Rising Star nominations on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

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