Mumbai: The ten participants in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) inaugural Breakthrough India programme have been disclosed. A large number of applicants qualified. So, a jury of industry experts selected ten of the most promising talent from India. The jury included actor Anupam Kher, Netflix India CEO Monika Shergill, filmmaker Mira Nair, and producer Siddharth Roy Kapur. The selection has been done from various film, games, and television industries, more than doubling the number previously announced.
Firslty, Actor Palomi Ghosh (Nachom-ia Kumpasar), writer/producer Akshay Singh (The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain). Secondly, writer/director Arun Karthick (Nasir), cinematographer Jay Pinak Oza (Gully Boy), composer Karthikeya Murthy (KD (A) Karuppudurai). Also, writer/director Renu Savant (The Ebb Tide). The BAFTA list continues with Shruti Ghosh, game developer and art director (Raji- An Ancient Epic); Sumit Purohit, writer/director/editor (Scam 1992). In addition, Tanya Maniktala, actor (A Suitable Boy); and Vikram Singh, director (Elephants In My Backyard).
The winners will get one-on-one mentorship, worldwide networking opportunities. Also free access to BAFTA events and screenings for a year, and full voting membership in the BAFTA.
BAFTA has also announced a postponement of the application deadline for the next Breakthrough India cohort. June 10 was the scheduled date for the UK and US applicants. BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said she’s thrilled that Breakthrough has be
en now extended to India. She congratulations the participants and welcome s them to the growing BAFTA Breakthrough family. She said, “We have an ongoing commitment to support future Breakthrough talent but we are also mindful of the current situation in India due to the pandemic, so whilst we will fully support the Breakthrough participants announced today we have decided to delay the opening of the next round of applications.”
Monika Shergill, VP of content for Netflix India added that despite these tough times, it was incredible to see such amazing Indian talent apply across genres. She said, “It served as a reminder of the tremendous opportunities for new talent, fresh voices, and untold stories that can travel nationwide and around the world.”
UK and the US BAFTA Breakthrough applications open on Thursday. BAFTA Breakthrough has supported over 160 exceptional newcomers since its inception in 2013.