BAFTA Appoints Guneet Monga Kapoor As India Ambassador
MUMBAI, (IANS) – Guneet Monga Kapoor, whose film ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ clinched the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, earlier this year, has been appointed as the Breakthrough India Ambassador for 2023 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Guneet is an accomplished film producer and BAFTA nominee. She is also the recipient of the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters and has been acknowledged by esteemed institutions such as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
Guneet, Founder and CEO of Sikhya Entertainment, said: “It’s an honor to take on this Ambassador role, following in the footsteps of A.R. Rahman to help raise the profile of emerging talent across the creative industries in India. Having served as an industry supporter and jury member for BAFTA Breakthrough in 2022, I can confidently say that the scheme has benefited some outstanding independent Indian talents.”
The BAFTA Breakthrough program was originally launched in the UK ten years ago and has been incredibly successful, supporting over 200 careers to date. It expanded to India in 2020 to identify and nurture a new generation of emerging creative talent across film, games, and television in the country. Grammy and Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman was earlier the BAFTA Breakthrough India Ambassador for 2020-2022.