BAFTA Unveils 34 Rising Names for Expanded 2020 Breakthrough Initiative

BAFTA's 2020 Breakthrough participants
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BAFTA's 2020 Breakthrough participants

Previously entitled Breakthrough Brits, this year marks the first time the initiative has included future stars from the U.S., with creatives from 'I May Destroy You,' 'Blue Story' and 'The Last of Us Part II' on the list.

The British Academy has announced this year's crop of Breakthrough participants, 34 future stars — in front of and behind the camera — from the film, TV and video game industries, who have been invited to take part in its annual talent scheme.

The rising names, which includes creatives from titles such as I May Destroy You and Blue Story, will now receive one-to-one mentoring and career guidance, full voting membership of BAFTA, access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities, both in the U.K. and internationally.

Previously entitled Breakthrough Brits, which ran from 2013 and helped champion the likes of Letitia Wright, Florence Pugh, Josh O'Connor, Destiny Ekaragha and Malachi Kirby, the initiative expanded into China in 2019, with Netflix joining as official supporting partner to help push it globally. This year marks the first time it's recognizing talent globally across the UK, US, India and China.

The full 2020 list of Breakthrough participants includes

U.K.

Abigail Dankwa, multi camera director (Love Song)
Aleem Khan, director / writer (After Love)
Ali Tocher, game audio designer (Surgeon Simulator 2)
Amir El-Masry, performer (Limbo)
Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, director/writer & producer (Limbo)
Bethany Swan, hair and makeup up designer (I May Destroy You)
Bim Ajadi, director (Here Not Here)
Bukky Bakray, performer (Rocks)
Catherine Unger, artist/co-writer (Tangle Tower)
Chella Ramanan, narrative designer/Writer (Before I Forget)
Claire Bromley, external game producer (Sackboy: A Big Adventure)
Jordan Hogg, director (Ackley Bridge)
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, producer (Blue Story)
Lea Schönfelder, lead game designer (Assemble With Care)
Linn Waite, Kate Byers, producers (Bait)
Rina Yang, cinematographer (Sitting in Limbo)
Rubika Shah, director/writer (White Riot)
Ruka Johnson, costume designer (Blue Story)
Tamara Lawrance, performer (The Long Song)
Tim Renkow, writer/performer (Jerk)
Youssef Kerkour, performer (Home)

U.S.

Aadip Desai, writer (The Goldbergs)
Arnaldo Licea, game designer (The Last of Us Part II)
Edson Oda, director/writer (Nine Days)
Ekwa Msangi, director/writer (Farewell Amor)
Fernando Reyes Medina, multiplayer designer (Halo Infinite)
Gene Back, composer (Cowboys)
Jim LeBrecht, co-director (Crip Camp)
Lauren Ridloff, performer (Eternals, The Walking Dead)
Mary Kenney, game writer (Spider-Man: Miles Morales)
Nicole Newnham, co-director (Crip Camp)
Shannon DeVido, performer (Insatiable, Difficult People)