BAFTA AT 70

In BAFTA’s 70th year we are inviting you to help unlock the stories contained in our archive. Stories which tell not only a history of BAFTA but also reveal the vital role film, television and games play in all our lives.

What we learn will be documented in this timeline. Browse our collection, share your memories and watch the timeline grow over the coming months and years.

Founding members
1947
Scene One: The British Film Academy is formed
1947
Open For Membership: First wave of members inducted
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1949
Golden Envelope: The first Awards ceremony takes place
1949
A Proud British Tradition: Documentary recognised at very first Film Awards
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1953
Spotlight On New Talent: Most Promising Newcomer introduced
1953
Class Act: Performance categories introduced
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1954
New Moves: Animation gets its own award
1954
TV Personalities: Homegrown entertainers recognised
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1955
The Write Stuff: Screenwriting categories created
1955
Female Firsts: Women making BAFTA history
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1958
Switched On: Television joins the fold
1964
Shine a Light: Film Awards introduce craft categories
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1969
One Vision: Film direction gets its own category
1971
The Fellowship: BAFTA’s top prize
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1973
Funny Business: TV Sitcom category introduced
1976
Royal Opening: 195 Piccadilly and the birth of ‘BAFTA’
BAFTA Archive
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1976
A New Face: The BAFTA mask
1978
Time to Shine: Television Craft gets its own ceremony
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1983
Excellence in Special & Visual Effects
1983
World View: New category for foreign language films
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1984
Branching Out: BAFTA puts roots down at home and abroad
1986
Breaking News: BAFTA responds to rise in news programming
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1993
Welcome Back: British Film category returns
1996
BAFTA Children's Awards - Celebrating excellence in Children's programming
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1999
Outstanding Debut Film: That all important first feature...
1999
Cleaning Up: Soap Opera category introduced
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2001
Moving the Film Awards to February
2004
Going Solo: BAFTA recognises the art of game-making
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2006
Children's Awards: Reflecting a changing industry
2007
Podium Play: Annual Games Lecture introduced
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2011
Royal Turnout: Brits to Watch event takes place in LA
2013
Breakthrough Brits Launches
 Tom Holland