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BE COLLECTIVE 

Growing our screen sector

while raising up equity, diversity,

and inclusion in our industries

Current Initiative


ACTIVATE PROGRAM

The Activate Program is dedicated to enhancing job prospects within Edmonton's film industry for BIPOC and equity-seeking filmmakers. We achieve this by directing funding to film production companies, allowing them to subsidize wages for BIPOC crew members hired on their sets.

Previous Initiatives

PHASE 1

On-set training initiative 

"Best Practices for On-Set Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives" shows that integrating EDI into your strategic plan requires clear objectives aligned with your company's or organization’s values. Partner with like-minded industry leaders and formalize inclusion policies.

 

Engage community partners and budget for mentorship to attract diverse talent. Support from department heads is crucial, as is acknowledging the two-way nature of the mentor-trainee relationship. Systematize this work to ensure long-term success; document progress and promote continuous learning.

EDI On-Set Best Practices Guide

PHASE 2

Building inclusive networks initiative 

"Best Practices for Networking Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives" illustrates that to have a wider impact on the industry, creating community partnerships is crucial. Seek out and partner with community organizations who share your EDI commitment to expand your reach and impact. Connect with BIPOC talent and decision-makers who share similar objectives to foster meaningful relationships. 

When inviting individuals to events, personalize your invitations and explain the event's objectives. Provide opportunities for ice-breaking and assign mentors or provide a 'buddy system' to support individuals to make connections. Set clear goals with performance indicators to measure success. Gather feedback and data to measure the event's impact and inform future EDI networking initiatives.

EDI in Networking Initiatives Best Practices Guide

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HOW IT STARTED

Last year, our company undertook a nationwide study called "Building Inclusive Networks in the Film & Television Industry" with Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and other stakeholders.

We identified major gaps in terms of access to social networks and professional development opportunities for entry-level BIPOC film and television practitioners, as well as considerable barriers to entry and career sustainability.

The current undertaking aims to tackle some of the challenges identified in our research.

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