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This Bafta prize goes to a London film hero – and you can nominate the winner

By Paula Akpan

Is there someone you know who has fought to save your local cinema? Or perhaps they've made access to films in your area more inclusive? Or maybe they've set up a film festival in your town? Well, BAFTA is giving you the chance to celebrate these inspiring folk with its For the Love of Film competition.

Between now and Monday December 2, you can make a submission on behalf of a local film hero who has done something pretty extraordinary for their community. Like the people behind Welcome Cinema + Kitchen, who set up a film and food club to bring together Londoners and refugees. Or the Reclaim the Frame project, which aims to increase audiences to films made by women.

It can even be a venue that you think is a testament to community spirit. This year's best actress Oscar winner Olivia Colman picked south London's Peckhamplex as one of her unsung heroes of the UK film industry, highlighting it as ‘a brilliant example of an organisation playing a vital role in making movies accessible to their community.’ She added: ‘They provide all films all day at one affordable price, amazing Q&As and special interest weeks. They are really community-minded and helpful; I couldn’t praise them enough.’

Two winners will be selected by a jury of film industry experts and each will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to attended next year's EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 2. If your nominee wins and they're feeling generous, you might be able to join them on the red carpet. So get your vote on and start thinking about your paparazzi-ready outfit.

Entries for the For the Love of Film competition can be submitted on the Bafta website. The deadline is Monday December 2 at 10am.

Big lover of films? Why not have a look at our best new movies to check out this month.

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