The BFI Diversity Standards aim to encourage producers and project leads to challenge their thinking and open up opportunities. Meeting, or exceeding the criteria requires up-front conversations about creative content, recruitment practices and audience engagement strategies.
These resources are not exhaustive but a list of organisations and partners we have previously worked with. We signpost to these organisations, but they have not been vetted and their inclusion in these pages should not be viewed as an official BFI endorsement or affiliation.
Working culture – preventing bullying and harassment
A set of principles. guidance, and a template dignity at work policy, specifically for the screen industries, define – and aim to prohibit – behaviour that may cause harm or detriment to individuals and expose organisations to legal action. For employees and employers to read and use, we encourage all screen projects to adopt them as the minimum requirement to tackle and prevent bullying and harassment, and establish a positive tone and culture.
Read more about preventing bullying and harassment.
Standard A: On screen representation, themes and narratives
Consider the representation and recognition of specific groups on screen. In development, and through to casting, interrogate the decision making behind creating characters, the setting they are in, their narrative arch and the actors who play them.
Does the project present unfamiliar characters or themes that are not frequently portrayed on screen? Or does it offer a familiar story, character or theme from a new perspective? Are there complex representations of characters who are normally relegated to two-dimensional roles? What is the perspective of the narrative, and how does this affect how characters are portrayed?
The Diversity Standards call for meaningful representations on screen. As part of this commitment, the BFI backed Changing Faces’ #IAmNotYourVillain campaign, pledging not to have negative characters depicted through scars or facial difference in the films we fund. Aiming to eradicate the use scars, marks or burns as shorthand for villainy, we encourage the rest of the film industry to do the same.
NEROPA Neutral Roles Parity
NEROPA is a tool to increase and encourage greater onscreen diversity. Used in development and pre-production, it also raises awareness of representation with the scriptwriters, directors and producers creating content. Belinde Ruth Stieve, who created the tool, offers bespoke training for film productions, broadcasters and film schools.
Identity Agency Group
Identity Agency Group represents a selection of the very best actors to come out of Identity School of Acting (IDSA). A vibrant and multicultural acting school, IDSA provides the highest quality training for actors from all backgrounds. It operates an equal opportunities policy for all students and staff and therefore welcome applications from every section of society regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or disability.
identityschoolofacting.com/agency | email@example.com
ProFile is a video database of D/deaf and disabled actors for use by casting directors and other professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries. It’s a free service hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre, which aims to promote diversity in the performance industry and highlight the D/deaf and disabled community to casting professionals.
Standard B: Project leadership and creative practitioners
Who are the individuals providing artistic leadership on the project? Are those in senior roles/heads of department representative of the UK population? Does the project introduce a new voice, or carry the potential to open doors that have historically been closed? Re-evaluate your recruitment practices.
An online platform open to all parents and carers working in the film industry providing support for those juggling parenting and a career in film. The group encourages job sharing and offers advice.
A centralised database of all women working above and below the line.
Specialising in representing female film and television technical crews, such as DOPs, Camera Ops, Focus Pullers, Second AC’s, Grips, Sound Reocrdists, Book Operators and Lighting Technicians.
reelangels.tv | firstname.lastname@example.org
A leading independent UK agency representing heads of department working in film and television. Alongside the Agency, the Diary Service provides diary management and production knowledge for crew.
saraputt.co.uk | email@example.com | +44 (0)1932 571044
Standard C: Industry access and training opportunities
Consider the work experience and development opportunities offered through the project, and strive to ensure those roles are held by talent who are representative of the UK. Explore new avenues for recruitment and examine how you can support crew progress to a more senior role.
Achieving Standard C is compulsory for all projects, apart from BFI Development Funding, and BAFTA and BIFA applications.
BFI Film Academy
Running since 2012, BFI Film Academy trains 16-19 year olds from across the UK giving them the skills to build a career in the film industry. It has an alumni of over 5,000 people, many of who are actively working in the industry or looking for opportunities to build their credits and networks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with new entrant or trainee opportunities.
Established with the aim of creating a shift in the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera, 104 Films runs training schemes, short film programmes and initiatives for disabled film talent. It has access to a database of alumni.
Beacon Films CIC
Beacon Films CIC supports filmmakers with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs to make and showcase great productions and develop valuable creative skills. It has access to a database of alumni.
Creative Access is dedicated to recruiting BAME talent and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the creative industries. Working with UK creative companies, it provides a range of services to help bring diverse talent to organisations, facilitates paid three to 12 month internships, and provides employer training and host an opportunities board for organisations to list their roles.
creativeaccess.org.uk | email@example.com
Film London Equal Access Network
Seeking to ensure the capital’s screen industries represent the diversity of the city, the Network helps new entrants, mid-level and returners to get in, stay in and return to the TV and Film industry. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to access the Network’s growing alumni.
Four Corners is a learning, production and exhibition centre for film and photography, supporting new talent through enabling work that challenges and inspires. It has a significant database of alumni.
fourcornersfilm.co.uk | email@example.com
A youth led media organisation that uses the power of film to challenge perceptions, raise awareness, change mindsets and transform lives. Fully Focussed has an extensive talent pool.
fullyfocusedproductions.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grierson Trust DocLab
MAMA Youth Project
MAMA Youth Project aims to equip young people from 18-25 years of age with the skills and experience to secure long-term, fulfilling employment in the TV and media industry. They particularly focus on young people from under-represented groups and those with limited educational or employment opportunities, including unemployed graduates, and it has a growing talent pool with alumni profiles.
mamayouthproject.org.uk | email@example.com
Modern Tales delivers training and professional development opportunities to support and sustain diverse filmmakers in the audiovisual landscape. It offers bespoke craft training for industry entrants, emerging and mature practitioners in off-screen roles.
moderntales.co.uk | firstname.lastname@example.org
Based near Pinewood Studios, Resource Productions have been championing inclusion and access for more than 20 years — with a mission to enable social change through film whilst diversifying the industry. They are constantly engaged in community outreach, through which they identify talent. This is done through ‘Youth Engagement Slough’ (11-25) and ‘The Resources’ (19+). They connect people to opportunities, provide training and mentoring, facilitate placements and help secure work.
resource-productions.co.uk/the-resources | email@example.com
TriForce Creative Network
TriForce Creative Network was built on a strong ethos of inclusion and access, opening doors to the industry to people from all walks of life and providing a trusted and viable avenue for the industry to discover diverse talent. Connect with the TriForce Creative Network Talent Pool.