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How can we best navigate diversity, equality and inclusion to build a healthy film industry which is open to all?
Executives from top film institutions are joined by filmmakers to discuss diversity standards, the importance of preventing unconscious bias, and how to successfully implement these standards at the very core of a film project.
Speakers: Amy Gustin, Co-Director, BIFA; Julia Brown, Diversity Standards Manager, BFI
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About the Speakers:
Amy Gustin is co-director of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). BIFA highlights and rewards the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. Identifying and encouraging emerging talent, supporting and celebrating the independent film community and promoting British film and talent to the public.
In 2018 BIFA made it mandatory for all British feature films to be assessed against the BFI’s Diversity Standards. This year they have made it mandatory for all British feature films to meet those standards and all short films to be assessed against them in order to be eligible for the Awards. BIFA introduced Unconscious Bias training for its voters back in 2018 and since then have been working with ScreenSkills to make the training widely available throughout the screen industries.
Julia Brown oversees assessment of the BFI Diversity Standards which are in place to encourage equality of opportunity and address under-representation in the screen industries. Julia has been in the role since 2018.
The Standards are a flexible framework which can be used for feature films, online and broadcast television content and a range of audience-facing activities such as film festivals, distribution releases and ambitious film programmes. They are a contractual requirement for all BFI funding, including fiction and documentary films funded via the BFI’s partners, as well as being an eligibility requirement for British categories for BIFA and BAFTA.