BAFTA Announces Skill Development Programme BAFTA Crew Games

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), best known for supporting and promoting its titular media forms, has announced a new skill development programme for the games industry. BAFTA Crew Games follows the success of its BAFTA Crew Skills programme for TV and film producers and hopes to replicate that same supporting and nurturing environment.

BATFA Crew Games will recruit up to 100 games industry professionals from across the UK, giving them access to other top talent and masterclasses that will further push them forward with their goals. The programme is funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Funds, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and Events at BAFTA, said: “BAFTA Crew has had great success within the film and television sector, so it’s the perfect model to equip a new generation of games makers with the skills and networks they need, helping to ensure that the UK’s games industry continues to punch above its weight. BAFTA is at its best when it’s celebrating creativity and connecting talent, and BAFTA Crew Games will do exactly that.”

Some of the material successful recruits will be granted access to includes live masterclasses with game industry established talent and also interactive livestream Q&As on a variety of topics including story and narrative, games design, art and sound. They will also benefit from networking with other top talent and more than likely be granted opportunities and given advice that could prove invaluable.

Previous speakers at BAFTA games events include : David Cage (Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls), Rhianna Pratchett (Overlord series, Rise of the Tomb Raider), Christopher Brookmyre (Bedlam), Jennifer Schneidereit (co-founder of independent games developer Nyamyam), Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), David Braben (Elite series) and Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid series).

BAFTA Crew Games is open to any games professional with at least two years professional experience and who is actively contributing to games developed or distributed in the UK. Successful applicants will be selected by a jury chaired by a representative from the BAFTA Games Committee. The deadline for entry is midday on Monday 17th November 2014. Visit the BAFTA website here for more details.

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