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BAFTA reveals names of the latest industry supporters for BAFTA Breakthrough in India

Guneet Monga (Film), Vishal Gondal (Games) and Ratna Pathak Shah (Television) will share their professional expertise with Breakthrough participants

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced award-winning film producer and BAFTA nominee Guneet Monga, acclaimed CEO and gaming entrepreneur Vishal Gondal and award-winning and celebrated actor Ratna Pathak Shah as industry supporters for the BAFTA Breakthrough programme, supported by Netflix. As credible experts, Monga, Gondal and Shah will offer their professional expertise to participants on the programme across film, games and television.

As industry supporters representing their respective crafts, they will help BAFTA navigate India’s diverse and creative talent pool as well as educate audiences about BAFTA’s charitable remit; increasing global opportunities for people to pursue careers in the arts. BAFTA’s Breakthrough initiative in India is authentically amplified by Monga, Gondal and Shah, inviting more talent to apply.

BAFTA Breakthrough aims to celebrate Indian talent by offering a bespoke programme of support – helping participants develop knowledge about the industry, develop their craft, address barriers to progression, and network globally with people who can influence their careers.

Guneet Monga, Founder & CEO of Sikhya Entertainment and Film Producer, the industry supporter for Film said, “India has been one of the world’s fascinating centres of storytelling, and the heritage of Indian cinema is unparalleled. As the rising talent and fresh voices long to tell their untold stories, the BAFTA Breakthrough programme aims to offer tremendous support and a global stage to this raw talent. It is an honour to be working with this ground-breaking initiative, and I look forward to worthwhile talent from the Indian film community receiving the right honing from an academy of this stature.” 

Vishal Gondal, CEO and Founder of GOQii, the industry supporter representing Games said, “BAFTA Breakthrough is one of the unique worldwide art initiatives to work across films, television and games. It is truly exciting to be associated with a programme that seeks to bring together and support the raw Indian talent working in the games industry. The programme offers a prolific experience to the ‘breakthroughs’ that can enhance their career trajectory through a network and development approach. By introducing them to industry experts and offering them the opportunity to upskill themselves, the initiative gives them recognition in their respective industries, worldwide.”

Acclaimed actor Ratna Pathak Shah, industry supporter for Television said, “BAFTA Breakthrough India is a unique, ‘breakthrough’ opportunity for practitioners of the screen arts to be supported by the world-renowned organisation. I am elated to be working with a programme that will help amplify our country’s brilliant new voices and emerging talent across genres in television, and offer them learning, networking and growth opportunities on a global level.”