Watch: Disabled Producers Lab webinar and Q+A 2024

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Abiola Agbayewa

Abiola Agbayewa

Programs Outreach Manager

Questions about our program, Disabled Producers Lab? Watch our Q+A webinar recapping what to expect from the program and how to apply.

Program manager Amy Reitsma moderated an info session and Q+A with program co-leads Ophira Calof and Michelle Asgarali. In addition to answering questions from potential applicants during the webinar, they are also open to answering further questions via email. You can reach them, along with peer support coordinator Dennie Park, at dpl [at] nsi-canada [dot] ca.

This Q+A webinar was recorded on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. ASL interpretation is included. Please see below for presentation slides; links, key dates and webinar Q&A; complete transcript.

The Disabled Producers Lab is a part-time, online program designed to enhance producing skills by exploring key stages of film production while learning how to prioritize accessibility at each step. Eligible applicants must be Deaf and / or Disabled, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, experience marginalization due to their gender identity, have some production experience and the rights to a short film script (under 10 minutes / 10 – 11 pages).

Applications close on Monday, July 22 at 12 p.m. CT. Apply now!
There is no fee to apply. Participants will receive a $3,250 stipend.

Topics discussed in the webinar include an overview of the program, what the selection committee is looking for, timeline, accessible supports for applicants / participants / guests and much more.

The Disabled Producers Lab will be delivered entirely online through a series of virtual sessions for up to five participants to learn the essentials of producing from industry experts, including pitching and packaging, hiring cast and crew, and creating accessibility and disability-forward productions.

If you have further questions, please contact peer support coordinator Dennie Parkdpl [at] nsi-canada [dot] ca.

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Disabled Producers Lab is presented by the National Screen Institute, Women in View and the Disability Screen Office, with program partners Canada Media Fund and Telefilm and strategic sponsor Warner Bros. Access Discovery Canada. National Screen Institute core funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be added as confirmed.

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