BAFTA announced today that it will move its annual film awards to the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Center for its 2023 edition.
The change sees the prestigious event move across the city, leaving behind the Royal Albert Hall, which has housed the awards since 2016. Other previous venues include the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square.
“The Royal Albert Hall has been a wonderful home for us over the past six years,” said Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards and Content. “As we embark on the next chapter of an incredibly exciting year for cinema, we look forward to kicking off our new residency at the Royal Festival Hall with the most ambitious BAFTA celebration to date.”
BAFTA has not revealed the duration of its new partnership with the Royal Festival Hall, which has also hosted BFI London Film Festival world premieres and gala screenings for the past two years.
Elaine Bedell, CEO of the Southbank Centre, said: “I am delighted that this cements the partnership between BAFTA and the Southbank Center as we also host the BAFTA TV and Games Awards. BAFTA’s decision to bring together three award ceremonies under one roof underscores the variety, scale and creative potential of our spaces to stage a spectacular evening, for all. We are delighted to support the vitally important screen industries and are delighted to see the Southbank Center transformed for one of the biggest nights on the global film calendar.
This year, the BBC will once again broadcast the awards in the UK with red carpet arrivals and interviews broadcast live on BAFTA and the BBC Social Channel. Further details, including the 2023 awards host, are expected to be announced in the coming months.
Earlier this year, BAFTA announced several changes to its voting rules and eligibility criteria. For the 2023 awards, there will be an equal number of vote-based nominees and jury-based nominees in each acting category, while the directing category will include two vote-based nominees and four performance-based nominees. jury. The BAFTA long lists will also be shortlisted for Best Film, All Craft categories and Best British Film.
The long list of awards will be unveiled on January 6, followed by the nominations on January 19, before the February 19 ceremony.