Spotlight and The Casting Society of America announce co-sponsorship of BIFA’s Casting Director Award

Spotlight and The Casting Society of America announce co-sponsorship of BIFA's Casting Director Award

Spotlight and The Casting Society of America (CSA) are delighted to announce their co-sponsorship of The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Casting Director Award.

The British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. They identify and encourage emerging talent, support and celebrate the independent film community and promote British film and talent to the public.

The five casting nominees are: Avy Kaufman, CSA for “American Animals,” Michelle Smith for “Apostasy,” Julie Harkin for “Beast,” Dixie Chassay for “The Favourite,” and Andy Pryor for “Stan and Ollie.”

We have always believed that the work of casting directors should be celebrated by our industry, which is why Spotlight is so proud to be sponsoring this award in partnership with the CSA. We are especially delighted to be supporting BIFA, which is well known for promoting emerging talent, something which we have always supported at Spotlight.
Ben Seale, CEO of Spotlight
We are thrilled to be partnering with Spotlight once again to present this important award and applaud BIFA for its recognition of the historically unsung craft of casting.
Russell Boast, President of CSA
As a member of BAFTA film committee and on behalf of casting directors everywhere, I salute BIFA’s timely commitment to recognizing the vital contribution that casting can make. Good casting is so often taken for granted, but quite apart from the way that it can make or break a particular film, it also plays a critical role in the future of our industry. At a moment when access, diversity and inclusion are of paramount importance, casting can uniquely help to unlock a more equitable and progressive future for our industry, and by extension, thanks to the singular power of storytelling on screen and beyond.
Gillian Hawser, CSA board member and BAFTA film committee

The British Independent Film Awards will take place in London on Sunday 2nd December 2018.

About CSA:

The Casting Society of America (CSA) was created in February 1982 with the intent of establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the casting field and providing its members with a support organization to further their goals and protect their common interests. CSA currently boasts more than 900 members based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. CSA acts as a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, promotes the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engages in a number of charitable activities, and supports its members by sharing important and helpful professional information of common interest.

About Spotlight:

Founded in 1927, Spotlight connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions. Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. Everything we do at Spotlight helps talented performers find work. Whether we're developing new tools for each stage of the casting process or running events to connect professionals working in all areas of the industry, at Spotlight we are constantly developing new ways to support performers at every stage of their career. With studios in London’s famous West End, Dublin’s stylish Smithfields and a team of people across Europe, Spotlight is at the heart of the performing arts industry.


Contact: Nancy Bishop, Head of European Branch CSA: [email protected] and Annie Tokatlian, Head of Marketing Spotlight: [email protected]