BAFTA has recently introduced the set of new rules according to which the number of LGBT characters appearing on screen is going to increase. The new rules which are going to be launched from 2019 say that if diversity is not represented in a film, then this film should have no rights to receive an award.
Diversity must be demonstrated at least in 2 of 4 categories: : On-screen characters and themes, Senior roles and crew, Industry training and career progression, or audience access and appeal to under-represented audiences.
“Diversity is incredibly important to BAFTA – both in terms of our internal structures as an organisation, but also in the work we do as a charity to develop the film, television and games industries,” the statement reads, “As a champion of creative excellence, we want all talented people to be able to succeed in the industries, regardless of their background. Following a consultation with the BFI and leading British film producers, we will add the BFI Diversity Standards to the eligibility criteria for the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer categories from 2019. This significant change demonstrates BAFTA’s intention to take a leading role, together with our key partners, in increasing the representation of under-represented groups in front of and behind the camera. Under-represented groups in the film industry include people from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT. It also includes people from lower socio-economic groups. The BAFTA Film Committee has reviewed the [BFI Diversity] Standards and believes they are a flexible and achievable model, which the whole industry can adopt as a shared language for understanding diversity. They also provide a shared framework for measuring diversity so that the industry can track progress over time.”