- Dec 12, 2013
The British Film Institute's Diversity Standards are already part of the criteria for Bafta's film awards and are now being extended to cover small-screen productions.
Projects funded by the BFI must demonstrate commitment to inclusion. Find out more about our criteria.
The BAFTA awards are the UK equivalent of the Oscars and Emmys. Apparently this was already in place for films and now they're extending it to TV shows. It doesn't only apply to the cast, but to the creative team and crew as well. I think it's only a matter of time before this backwards thinking makes it across the pond sadly. Obviously some creators won't give a shit about awards, but winning them generally does boost sales. But in the future I can definitely see these requirements apply not just to being eligible for awards, but being able to release their films or TV shows at all. People won't be able to make the shows they want or tell the stories they want. It will no longer be art.
This is one of the reasons why I watch a lot of Korean movies and TV shows nowadays. No diversity there whatsoever except if they travel to another country. And the female leads are generally smoking hot which is becoming rarer in Western TV shows. And, at least for now, they can still win awards as "Parasite" won the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. Apparently It's releasing in 2 days in US theaters, I can't recommend this film enough, it's that good.