The British Academy of Film and Television Arts are perfectly placed to develop the nation’s emerging talent and encourage those who are looking to make their own films, so it’s a fairly smart move to launch a new site designed to do exactly that. Say hello to BAFTA Guru.

There’s a wealth of video interviews with filmmakers about their careers and best known roles, we have a few examples below but do check out the rest of the site as it seems it’ll become the perfect place to find get inspiration and hear from those in the industry. It’s the sort of thing that makes you pleased BAFTA exists and I’m very impressed with the quality and work that has gone into this. Top darts BAFTA.

Here are the first few videos and there’s a link below.

Also, for fans of amazing things the site will live stream Sunday’s Annual David Lean lecture at 8pm (GMT) and this year sees acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris take the stage. Morris’s latest documentary, Tabloid, is out on the 11th of November and you can read our review here.

Tilda Swinton

Quentin Tarantino

Colin Firth

For everything BAFTA Guru go here

 Press release with lots of info in word form follows.




‘BAFTA Guru’ is a brand new player for the Academy’s video archive.

Today, BAFTA Guru launches online, ‘inspiring minds in Film, TV and Games’ and offering a unique destination for access to industry expertise.  Targeted at an audience of 18-30 year olds and specifically designed for those interested in a career in the creative industries, this brand new player will be accompanied by editorial and blogs, providing exclusive access to some of the best minds in film, television and video games.

BAFTA Guru will be a rich library of interviews, lectures, masterclasses and debates and will continually be added to, as the Academy captures more insights and advice from the incredible line up of talent with whom we come into contact.  Highlights include the ‘Life in Pictures’ strand, featuring interviews with accomplished actors, directors and craftspeople from the world of film and ‘The Big Questions’, where we ask the stars how they made it in their chosen field.  Initially, viewers will be able to comment on what they see, but in the New Year, aspiring new creatives can upload profiles and showreels for discussion.    In this way, the Academy members, award winners and nominees can be directly involved in progressing people into a career in Film, TV or Games.

Head of Learning and Events, Tim Hunter says: ‘BAFTA Guru is an exciting new development for the Academy.  It takes our Learning & Events programme to a wider audience and will allow the amazing roster of industry experts who we meet through our membership and Awards to support the next generation of practitioners.  For the first time ever, we are live streaming our David Lean Lecture with Errol Morris, to an international audience.’

Errol Morris’ David Lean lecture is BAFTA Guru’s first appointment to view.  On 6 November at 2000 GMT, this prestigious lecture will be streamed live from BAFTA’s Headquarters in Piccadilly, London, heralding the return of the documentary category to the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012.  It is also the first time we have been able to invite an international audience to one of our events and BAFTA members in New York will be gathering to watch.  Viewers can tweet their questions in advance to  @BAFTA using #BAFTAlive and the most popular will be put to Errol Morris in the Q&A following the lecture.

Chair of BAFTA in New York, Harlene Freezer says:  ‘This is a tremendous opportunity for BAFTA NY.  BAFTA has a long history of supporting new filmmakers and its educational initiatives are world renowned.  With the launch of Guru we can now bring many of these programs to the US in ‘real time’ and share this vast resource with a new generation of media artists and film goers.’
To watch the live stream, log on to on 6 November at 2000GMT.