The most prominent debate in film and television in the present day is the representation of women and BAME. In this article, I hope to present schemes and organisations that are dedicated to creating diversity and equality in the industry.
ONE: NFTS Directing Workshop
The National Film and Television School provides teaching and training for those wishing to work in film and television. They run several diplomas; masters; certificates and short courses.
This new initiative for directors has been launched by NFTS aiming to increase the number of women, BAME and people with disabilities.
The six selected directors will take part in a 2-day introduction in March followed by an intensive 4-week workshop during summer culminating in the production of a short film.
The course is free and the deadline is 19th February.
Apply here: https://nfts.co.uk/directing-workshop
TWO: CREATIVE ACCESS
Founded in 2012, Creative Access aims to provide young BAME people paid training opportunities in creative companies and supporting them into full-time employment.
With over 200 media partners offering opportunities including ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and many more. This organisation is paving the way to creating an industry that truly reflects British society.
Want to sign up? Check out the website here: https://creativeaccess.org.uk/
THREE: Women In Film & TV UK Mentoring Scheme
Women In Film & TV is a membership organisation run by women supporting women working in the creative media in the UK.
Every year they run a mentoring scheme designed for women with more than 5 years’ experience looking to take a significant step in their career. Over six months participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an industry figure. There are also seminars, training workshops and networking opportunities.
Free to apply and participate. Find out more here: https://wftv.org.uk/mentoring/
In 2019, BAFTA will be adding the BFI Diversity Standards to the eligibility criteria for the Outstanding British Film Award and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
This decision has been controversial in the industry with some parties believing this is a step too far and restricts filmmaking. In my opinion, it is a bold and much needed move towards creating an inclusive and equal industry. My only issue with it, is the fact this is even needed in the 21st Century to promote diverse filmmaking.
Considering that in the 2015 Oscars no non-white actors were nominated for an Academy Award, a change in criteria for these awards is definitely overdue.
FIVE: DIRECTORS UK
In 2016, Directors UK released a 10 year study on women directors in film revealing the shocking truth that only 13.6% of all directors working in the last decade were women.
They aim to use the findings of this study to improve the industry for women by campaigning for these 3 specific goals:
- 50% of films backed by UK-based public funding bodies to be directed by women by 2020.
- Development of the Film Tax Credit Relief system to require all UK films to take account of diversity.
- Industry wide campaign to inform and influence change
SIX: GAME CHANGERS
In 2016, BFI Film Forever and Creative Skillset launched a workshop called Game Changers specifically for women and BAME filmmakers.
Run by Kymberlie Andrews who is a master trainer and communication coach. The aim of the two day workshop was to boost confidence; teach pitching and make contacts with like minded individuals.
For myself, this workshop changed my game by opening my eyes to my personality strengths which has affirmed by future career goal.
Hopefully this opportunity will be renewed for 2017 but only time can tell!
Find out more here: http://gamechangeruk.com/
If you know of any opportunities for women and BAME in film and TV then please comment below!
Aspiring TV Producer and Director currently studying at University of Greenwich doing a BSc Digital Film Production.
Working as a freelance production runner, office runner and floor runner.