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BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Jury Meet to Select 2017 Honourees

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Film Editor
Updated: 29 September 2017

The best of British screen, gaming and entertainment talent are set to be honoured in October as jury members met for the first time to select the recipients of this year’s Breakthrough Brits.

The ceremony to announce the honourees will take place on October 25 and will be presented in partnership with fashion brand Burberry.

The likes of previous BAFTA winners Will Poulter (BAFTA EE Rising Star), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty) and Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) were on hand to whittle down a long-list in advance of the main ceremony to be held at Burberry’s flagship store in London next month.

The 2017 Breakthrough Brits Jury at their first meeting | © Bafta

The 2017 Breakthrough Brits Jury at their first meeting | © Bafta

Speaking to Culture Trip, Will Poulter explained how his previous win at the BAFTAs had helped him in gaining recognition and given him the confidence to go on and star in such Hollywood hits as The Revenant (2015) and Maze Runner (2014).

The aim of the Breakthrough Brits campaign is to highlight the best in upcoming talent and take the honourees to the next level through mentoring and other assistance. The partnership with Burberry has been running for four years now, and has seen success in promoting film, TV and gaming newcomers to a wider audience, both to the wider public and within the respective industries themselves.

Jury chair Anne Morrison said: ‘Initiatives like Breakthrough Brits demonstrate the huge number of talented individuals who are beginning to make an impact on the creative industries, and it’s hugely exciting to see this first-hand through the jury process.

Will Poulter (left) and Dave Lanyard | Courtesy of BAFTA

Will Poulter (left) and Dave Lanyard | Courtesy of BAFTA

‘Each year, Breakthrough Brits receives an overwhelming amount of support from some of the industry’s leading figures – both through our jury members and our mentors who give their time throughout the year – allowing BAFTA to nurture and celebrate the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television.’

Tom Holland, the current Spider-Man, was selected as a Breakthrough Brit at the inaugural event in 2013.