The Reelworld Film Festival and Institute is actively seeking writers, directors and producers, who identify as women from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities in Canada, to participate in remotely-run focus groups of 8-10 people.
The Institute is continuing its industry-wide research project that was launched in January 2022 and runs until March 2024. These focus groups are a component of the research, addressing stereotypical depictions of Black, Indigenous, Asian and Women of Colour in film and telivision.
The focus groups will be held, on Zoom, between August 4 and August 9, and each session will take approximately 90 minutes. Discussions will explore the role, process and challenges Women of Colour face in relation to project development and decision-making in regards to the on-screen depiction of Women of Colour.
The project will produce a research-backed protocol guideline, which will support the creatives, producers and executives in the Canadian film industry, to identify how various roles in the creation of content can contribute to the authentic portrayal of these racially-diverse women.
Identify as a woman writer, director, producer and/or show-runner;
Be Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian or a woman of colour
Be at least 18 years of age and have at least two years of professional experience in film/tv production in Canadian dramatic television or feature films.
The Reelworld Screen Institute provides year-round initiatives, programs, and events to foster professional development for Canadian racially-diverse talent, to deepen their artistic practice, and to strengthen this creative community and network.
It creates more opportunities, by focusing on the research, advocacy, policy, and infrastructure changes needed, within the industry and government.
The Institute is working to increase the number of Canadian decision-makers, who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, or People of Colur, believing that when there is real representation at high levels, it will be able to create a more level playing field.
Interested participants are requested to fill out this form. This project has been funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.