BAFTA is an impressive project, as a head of film how do you keep it so vibrant and what’s are the main challenge for you?
Awards, like all competitions, need rules, and it’s a big challenge creating the rules that are suitable for judging creative work; it’s a hard balance to create a fair framework that is flexible enough to not exclude genuine originality or experimentation.
What are the biggest challenges facing your organisation right now and the creative sector at large?
I think in all fields it’s becoming harder and harder for new, alternative and diverse voices to break through; organisations like BAFTA that support and promote artists have to constantly strive to find new ways of shining lights and boosts to the wealth of talent that is out there.
What’s the biggest hurdle every creator must tackle?
The empty page.
What do you wish you knew when you were first starting that you now know?
All experience is good experience. Don’t wait for anyone to give you permission.
Is still London the place to be for creatives?
Sadly no. I feel like London is booming commercially and dying creatively.
Is failure a myth, or does it really help you grow?
As someone very wise said to me once, “There’s no such thing as wasted time if you look at it right”.
Zealous X is committed to unleash creativity and facilitate a dialogue between creative talents, brands and not for profit organisations. You are one of our amazing judges, what drew you to being involved in this discussion?
I’ve always felt that if you want to work in the creative sector, it helps enormously to be aware and open to new things, and not be tied to the idea of a “discipline”. The most exciting/interesting things I’ve ever seen are always things that don’t fall neatly into categories, so the range of work celebrated in Zealous was a real draw. It’s also been nice to think critically about live performance again as my working life has been so concentrated on film for the last few years.
Last question: favorite book?
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood- she creates a whole future that feels grimly rooted in the here and now, and still feels prescient over a decade after it was written.
Jim Bradshaw has worked for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 2007; His earlier work includes roles at Battersea Arts Centre, & Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, as well as running a fringe theatre company. Jim studied Drama and Screen Studies at the University of Manchester. He is currently Head of Film at BAFTA, and responsible for all aspects of the administration of the British Academy Film Awards.
Zealous X is unleashing creativity at Rich Mix, Shoreditch over an exceptional 10-day festival from the 7th to the 17th of January 2016. Find out more.