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BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2016 announced

Honourees include five video games creators

Last night BAFTA revealed the 18 Breakthrough Brits, including five creatives from video games.

Winners of the prize included Alex Grahame, who is an artist at The Chinese Room, Jodie Azhar, lead technical artist who works on the Total War series, Jon McKellan, creative director at No Code, Matthew Hyde, also a creative director at Glitchers and Tim Wicksteed, the developer behind Big Pharma.

The Breakthrough Brits were voted for by a panel of industry experts across movies, film and games, including Phil Harrison, Lee Schuneman, Mike Bithell and Patrick O'Luanaigh from video games, alongside the likes of actors Rosamund Pike and Joe Dempsie, director Sarah Gavron and writer Lucinda Coxon.

"Now in its fourth year, Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry, is our headline new talent initiative showcasing, celebrating and supporting the next generation of British creative talent in film, television and games," said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, OBE.

"Our 2016 Breakthrough Brits come from a range of backgrounds and represent the variety of specialisms that make up our creative industries. I'm thrilled to see such talented individuals recognised this year."


The full list of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2016 are:

  • Alex Grahame - Games Artist
  • Eben Bolter - Cinematographer
  • Ellen Husain - Producer
  • Florence Pugh - Actress
  • Helen Walsh - Writer-Director
  • Jodie Azhar - Lead Technical Artist
  • Jon McKellan - Creative Director
  • Kayode Ewumi - Actor/Writer
  • Malachi Kirby - Actor
  • Marnie Dickens - Writer
  • Matt Hyde - Creative Director
  • Michael Berliner - Producer
  • Nainita Desai - Composer
  • Rebecca Lloyd - Editor
  • Ruth Madeley - Actress
  • Tim Wicksteed - Game Developer
  • Tom Davis - Actor/Writer
  • Vinay Patel - Writer

Winners will receive one-to-one mentoring, international travel bursary, guidance sessions and free access to BAFTA events.

Disclosure: European Editor Dan Pearson was part of the Breakthrough Brits Games sub-committee jury.

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