BAFTA Moves to Strengthen Ties with Asian Biz

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is making a renewed push into Asia with a series of events in Hong Kong, and the setting up of an advisory board to oversee its charitable work in the continent.

BAFTA’s Hong Kong events kick off on Dec. 1 with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations from the film awards earlier this year, at Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s music and arts festival.

The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board takes place on Dec. 2, and then on Dec. 3 actor Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables,” “My Week With Marilyn”) will take part in the Academy Circle event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S at The Peninsula Hong Kong, for local supporters of BAFTA’s charitable activities in Asia.

On Dec. 4, Redmayne will take part in an acting masterclass with students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “At BAFTA we’re passionate about producing events with the most talented individuals in the business who can share their skills, expertise and experiences with our audiences.

“The upcoming BAFTA activity in Hong Kong is a chance for us to bring together the U.K. and Asian creative communities, and engage and inspire career-starters across the region.”

The advisory board’s members are Jonathan Caplan, Claire Breen Melwani, Kevin Burke, Peter Chan, Duncan Kenworthy, Levina Li-Cadman, Peter Loehr, Shu Kei, John McLellan, Sandra Ng, William Pfeiffer, Darren Shaw, Nansun Shi, Yat Siu, Fred Wang and Katherine Yip.

It will advise on a range of activity to encourage greater collaboration between the film, television and games industries in U.K. and Asia.

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