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The goal of the Activate Program is to enhance employment prospects within the film sector in Edmonton for BIPOC and equity-seeking filmmakers. This is achieved by providing wage subsidies for BIPOC crew members hired at $200 per day, for a maximum of 10 days between March 2024 and October 2024.

Applications will be adjudicated on an on-going basis

Next intake window closes July 5th 

Who can apply for the Activate program:

  • Companies whose primary activity involves development, production and post production in the screen sector (inter alia, film, television, VF, animation, motion graphics, video, post production)

  • Applicants MUST have an upcoming project.

  • Applicants must have a clear vacant role on a project/production.

  • Applicants must have either,

    • a potential candidate from a BIPOC or Equity-seeking community in mind to fill a role on the project, or;

    • a job description for the position (BE Collective can assist with introductions to potential candidates for the role in question)

  • Your candidate must be from Edmonton or the Greater Edmonton Region.

  • Applicants may hire a candidate for a shadow position, as long as a simple  accompaniment/learning plan is provided.

How will it work:

  • Applicants submit an application package

  • Jury will adjudicate the packages on a rolling basis and make selections at the beginning of each month from February to October 2024

  • Successful applicants will receive:

    • A wage subsidy for their hire of $200 per day, for up to 10 days.

    • There is no requirement for you to supplement/match this funding, however, thisw ill add weight to your application.

Upon completion of the production, you and your hire must provide the following deliverables to BE Collective:

  • A mandatory survey completed by Applicant

  • A mandatory survey completed by your hire

  • Participate in an interview for BE Collective's best practices video

  • Provide BTS stills (and, if practicable, video clips) of your hire working on your project

Your application will be adjudicated based on:

  1. Diversity statement ( /5)

  2. Potential Impact of the ACTIVATE Program on production company ( /5)

  3. Impact on proposed candidate ( /5)

  4. Possible impact on development of local screen sector ( /5)

  5. BONUS: potential for social impact, marketability, or visibility of your project (would your crew member receive visibility for their work?) ( /2)

For more information, please contact:

Naseem Naderi


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