Sixth nomination will be decided by a jury of filmmakers; shorts open to non-fiction films.
BAFTA has introduced a sixth nomination in the Outstanding British Film category.
As previously, five of the nominations will be decided by the opt-in British chapter vote but the sixth nomination will be decided by a jury of filmmakers.
In further changes, the film awards have also opened its shorts categories to non-fiction films and re-named the shorts categories British Short Film and British Short Animation.
The changes are within BAFTAs Rule Book, 2013/2014, published today.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: “We are in a unique position to shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of British filmmaking. By adding a sixth nomination we can ensure that this important category fully celebrates the outstanding range of British films in our cinemas each year.
“The Film Committee has also taken this opportunity to re-name and expand the shorts categories – the British Short Film and British Short Animation awards are now open to non-fiction films.”
The new Rule Book can be found at http://awards.bafta.org/entry