Best Girl Grip

#83: Mariayah Kaderbhai, Head of Programmes at BAFTA

May 11, 2021

This week my guest is Mariayah Kaderbhai who is Head of Programmes at BAFTA, where she represents them as the lead film industry voice and moderates most of their panels and Q&As. She’s interviewed filmmaking talent such as Spike Lee, Jacques Audiard and Stephen Frears, as well as this year’s Best Director winner Chloé Zhao. 

We talk about how Mariayah took a roundabout way to studying cinema at university before getting an internship at the BFI, working at Al Jazeera as a journalist and then developing the membership and events programme at BAFTA. As well as how she prepares for Q&As and how she has adapted to interviewing talent through the medium of Zoom.

Speaking of which, all these podcast interviews are recorded on Zoom meaning the audio quality can vary and this is one of the times where I hope you’ll bear with…

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