The Black Screen Office (BSO), in partnership with Telefilm Canada, has launched a new national consultation focused on the representation of Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2+ and Persons with Disabilities in screen-based sectors called Being Seen: A Directive for Authentic and Inclusive Content.
These consultations are aimed at advising members of the industry on how they can work with communities other than their own, work with culturally sensitive content, identify when a story is theirs to tell and create content that avoids stereotypes.
Each consultation will be a virtual conversation between the general public and industry members to seek their input on how they want to be seen and represented in film, television and interactive digital media.
Registration is now open for the following sessions:
- May 18 at 2 p.m. ET – People of Colour – screenwriters
- May 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET – LGBTQ2+ – screenwriters
- May 21 at 2 p.m. ET – Black – screenwriters
- May 25 at 3 p.m. ET – People of Colour – all industry
- May 26 at 3 p.m. ET – Black – all industry
- May 28 at 2 p.m. ET – Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2+, People with Disabilities – producers
- May 31 at 3 p.m. ET – LGBTQ2+ – all industry
- June 4 at 2 p.m. ET – Persons with Disabilities – all industry
- May 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET – Black – all industry
- June 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET – People of Colour – all industry
- June 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET – Persons with Disabilities – all industry
- June 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET – LGBTQ2+ – all industry
Similarly, following a national consultation process, imagineNATIVE commissioned the On-Screen Pathways and Protocols media production guide to working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, cultures, concepts and stories which was published in 2019. It provides cultural principles and key findings from the consultations and best practices for filmmakers, production companies and funders when depicting Indigenous content on screen, and how communities can be collaborative partners.