1844 Studios has released an in-depth research report, titled Building Inclusive Networks in the Film and Television Industry, analyzing exclusionary networking practices in the industry and how organizations can improve these environments.
The report examines data collected from Black and Indigenous women and women of colour (BIPOC) and non-binary individuals.
The report identifies factors for BIPOC women and non-binary individuals being excluded from or included in film and television networking events.
Respondents noted the importance of networking events within the industry – they help grow social networks, help emerging professionals enter the industry and provide educational and professional development. However, many felt dissuaded from attending future events due to negative experiences and feeling unwelcome.
Noted experiences included a lack of diversity in the room, experiencing overt aggressions and an organization’s failure to address its historical shortcomings and reputation in terms of diversity and inclusion.
The report provides an organizational checklist on how to increase inclusivity and diversity of those attending networking events. This resource, if used properly, can become a tool to design and implement strategies, evaluate progress and consult on next steps.
This report was prepared with the support of the National Screen Institute, as well as Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Alberta Cultural Industries, 1844 Studios, Ontario Creates, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, National Film Board of Canada and with the participation of Women in Film & Television – Alberta.
Download the full report now.