More niche industry events a target, says BAFTA in Scotland chief

THE head of the Scottish arm of BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has talked of her ambition to hold more niche industry events, as part of her wide-ranging responsibilities since taking on the role in January last year.

Jude MacLaverty tells The Herald’s Russell Leadbetter today – in the paper’s Face to Face series: “My priority when I came into the BAFTA job was to do a lot more in terms of events.

“We do our screenings [for members] and our awards but I thought there was a gap in smaller, niche events, like bringing in a director of photography or an editor to come in and talk about their craft, so that people would think, well, I don’t just want to be a film star, or a director, I want to be something like a foley artist. I didn’t know how foley artists worked – that has been quite fascinating, actually.”

Leadbetter helpfully adds: “A foley artist, incidentally, is someone who works in the key area of sound in post-production in films, radio and television.”

Upcoming among the more major events is the BAFTA Scotland Awards, on the 18th of next month.