BAFTA has released the results of its most comprehensive member survey to date.
In total, 37.4% of current members are women, 12.2% are from ethnic minority groups, 5.3% have a disability and 9.7% identify as LGBTQI +. For the first time in the history of the organization, a survey was conducted among all members around the world and completion was mandatory for voters.
In 2020, BAFTA received criticism for the composition of its nominations, which included all-white acting nominees and no female directors. This year, however, has been a very different picture, and the organization has rightly received praise for the significant changes to the voting process that clearly impacted representation in all of its categories.
The award body hopes to go further by committing to improving the diversity of its members. The organization will invite 1,000 new members from under-represented groups over the next two years and has already achieved a third of that goal to date, he said. In the past year, 635 industry professionals have joined BAFTA, of which 53.3% are women, 33.1% of ethnic minority background, 7.5% identify as disabled and 13.6% s ‘identify as LGBTQI +.
Longer term, BAFTA is setting goals to achieve a 50-50 gender balance among its members, along with 20% ethnic minority groups, 12% people with disabilities, and 10% LGBTQI +, by 2025.
“BAFTA has set membership goals to reflect our vision of a more inclusive organization and industry,” commented BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry. “While there is still work to be done, the demographics of our latest cohort of members demonstrate that we are making progress in ensuring our members are more representative of society, and confirms our commitment to tackling areas of under-representation among our members. “