One of the principal functions of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts is to identify and reward excellence in the artforms of the moving image. It achieves this objective by bestowing awards on those practitioners who have excelled in their chosen field of expertise.
In 1947, the Academy granted three awards. Today, more than one hundred awards are bestowed annually in the fields of film, television and video games.
The Academy's Film Awards began in 1947 and have always been an international event. They continue to be presented annually to recognise, honour and reward individuals for outstanding achievement in feature and short films produced worldwide and released in UK cinemas.