BAFTA Breakthrough is the only new talent initiative that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough participants’ list which includes British Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry.
In a tweet, El-Masry said: “Thank you BAFTA for your continuous support – a privilege to be amongst these incredible creatives and be a BAFTA breakthrough Brit this year alongside @BASharrock and @IruneGurtubai.”
El-Masry has played roles in notable films like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Age Before Beauty and also made his feature film lead debut in The Arabian Warrior.
Supported by Netflix, the list consists of 34 of the most promising future stars of film, games and television in both the USA and UK.
In May, BAFTA announced the global launch of BAFTA Breakthrough, the only new talent initiative that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television.
Applications for the same are opening in India at the end of November and in 2021 in China.
This year, BAFTA Breakthrough has selected talent through cross-industry global juries comprised of leading industry professionals, including the likes of Paapa Essiedu, Fiona Shaw, Edward Enninful and Amma Asante.
The 2020 global participants make up an incredibly talented, strong and diverse list encompassing the future stars of the film, games and television industries.
This year’s BAFTA Breakthrough global participants will be celebrated and showcased together in 2021. The successful Breakthrough applicants will then receive one-to-one mentoring and career guidance, the full voting membership of BAFTA, access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities, both in the UK and internationally.
Commenting on the participants, Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are thrilled to be announcing our first-ever BAFTA Breakthrough participants in the USA alongside those for our seventh year in the UK. This year’s cohort is such a strong and inclusive list, revealing the future stars of our industries. We are delighted to be partnering with Netflix again this year which is supporting the global expansion of Breakthrough into the USA and India. Netflix shares our vision to raise awareness of and celebrate emerging talent from an array of different backgrounds and cultures.”