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BAFTA members said they'vegotten a higher number of screeners than in recent years - the count now standsat more than 40 films (including Cinea-encryptedtitles from previously screener-shy Entertainment Film Distributors), comparedto about 15 in 2003 when piracy scares hit the industry, and also more than theestimated 30 received last year.
A BAFTA spokeswoman said shedidn't know how many voters had already cast their votes as of Tuesday morning.Second-round voting opens Friday (January 6) and closes on January 12.Nominations will be announced on January 19, with winners revealed at theFebruary 19 ceremony.