BAFTA Unveils First-Ever Hong Kong Events Amid Asia Push

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BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry

The British Academy is offering its first series of screenings and meetings in the Chinese territory in December, hoping to expand its work to the Far East.

LONDON – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said Thursday that it would host its first-ever series of BAFTA events in Hong Kong next month.

BAFTA has also established an advisory board with "leading industry figures" from Hong Kong and the U.K., overseeing BAFTA’s ambitions to expand its charitable work in the Chinese territory and beyond to other Asian territories.

BAFTA's push into the Far East is set to start Dec. 1 with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations.

The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong advisory board will follow Dec. 2, then on Dec. 3 actor Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, My Week With Marilyn) will take part in an "Academy Circle" event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S at The Peninsula Hong Kong for local supporters of BAFTA’s mission in Asia.

Then on Dec. 4, Redmayne is scheduled to give an acting masterclass with students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

"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," said BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry. "With historic ties to Hong Kong, the support of loyal partners and donors, and limitless ambition, we look forward to strengthening our relationships across the region in the future."

The BAFTA Hong Kong advisory board is chaired by legal expert Jonathan Caplan. Its members also include Peter Chan, Shu Kei, Duncan Kenworthy, John McLellan, Sandra Ng, Nansun Shi, Yat Siu, Fred Wang and Katherine Yip.

Asian talent familiar with BAFTA awards include Wong Kar-Wai, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeo.

A big donation from cinema legend Run Run Shaw in the late 1970s helped BAFTA grow into the organization it is today.