A. R. Rahman is the ambassador for BAFTA Breakthrough India 2020-21

BAFTA announced, A. R. Rahman as the ambassador for BAFTA Breakthrough India 2020-21. This association with Rahman marks the continued development of creative relationships between the UK and India, enabling and supporting collaboration between the two nations and showcasing the incredible talent India has to offer across different regions on a global scale.

Winner of the Music Award for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – A. R. Rahman. Rahman was presented the award by Singer, Kylie Minogue.

 The initiative marks BAFTA’s first steps into India, showcasing and supporting the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television globally alongside the UK, USA and China. As part of BAFTA Breakthrough India, a jury of British and Indian industry experts will select five talents from across India to take part in the year-long mentoring and guidance program. The chosen participants will receive one-to-one mentoring, global networking opportunities, free access to BAFTA events and screenings for 12 months, and full voting BAFTA membership. The chosen talent will also connect with and learn from some of the best in the British and Indian creative industries, share their expertise with peers around the world, gain access to opportunities beyond geographical borders, and be promoted as BAFTA Breakthrough artists globally.

Netflix is the official supporting partner for BAFTA Breakthrough, in the UK, USA and India, providing integral support in the global expansion. BAFTA and Netflix share a joint vision to celebrate and provide opportunities for emerging talent across the world, bringing together international communities across global networks, in order to develop and support stories and voices from different cultures.

Application Process

Starting Nov 30, 2020, BAFTA is inviting potential candidates from India, who are making a name for themselves as an exciting new performer, writer, director, producer, composer, cinematographer, games director, game producer or game developer within the Indian film, games, or television industries; to submit an application, at www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/breakthrough/bafta-breakthrough-india. The deadline for applications is Monday 25th January 2021.

To be eligible, applicants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission, primary residents of India for at least 2 years, and conversationally fluent in English.


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