BAFTA adds 'Film Not in English' prize


LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is revamping the voting procedure for its movie award for a film not in the English language ahead of next year's BAFTA film awards.

The organization e-mailed members to tell them that it is establishing a "Film Not in the English-language chapter," which will change the way its shortlist is drawn up.

It originally contacted some of its 3,000 members to find out how much interest there would be in establishing a dedicated chapter for the category.

BAFTA said it "had a good response" to the call and that as a result has opted to employ chapter voting for the category for the first time. It joins the best film and the four performance categories at the awards, which are judged by chapter voting. The new chapter will select a list of five nominations before putting those titles to the wider BAFTA membership.

The change also means nominations for best foreign-language nod will be announced earlier than all other categories.

BAFTA plans to unveil the list Jan. 4 at the beginning of Round 2.

By releasing the nominations early, the BAFTA membership at large will have more time to watch the nominated films before they vote for the winner, the organization said.

A full nominations list for next year's awards will be revealed Jan. 16, the organization said.

The British Academy Film Awards, presented by BAFTA, will be presented Feb. 10 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.