Inclusivity Initiative: From Start to Screen

Pilots applying for the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, Unscripted, and Late Night competitions have the opportunity to apply for a waiver submission.

SeriesFest, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, is launching a sequence of opportunities to make our festival more accessible for all content creators and to celebrate a commitment to diversity and equity. Starting with submissions, SeriesFest is instating a number of evaluation tools to help us identify those projects committed to engaging underserved communities. Selected projects will be eligible for a broad swath of tools including a submission waiver, consideration for the Level Forward Impact Award, the Caz Matthews Fund, and the Inclusive Creator Fund presented by the Anna & John J. Sie and the Global Down Syndrome Foundations. If you think your project is eligible, please complete a detailed response to the form below along with your submission.

Please note, all submissions will be evaluated individually as we understand accessibility to a diverse pool of candidates may vary depending on your location. We are most interested to hear how you define your equitable hiring processes, and how that definition was put into practice.

We want to hear about you and your process! So please keep in mind that your submission will be evaluated based on your thoughtful and thorough answers to the following questions:

  1. How do you define Inclusion and Equity for your project?
  2. When you started your process, what was your inclusion goal?
  3. Identify your equitable hiring practices 
  4. Detail the targets put into place to meet your inclusion goal
  5. How do or will you measure the success of your efforts?

Forms MUST be submitted by January 3, 2024 to be considered for Season 10. The evaluation period takes several days so please be mindful of this deadline. 

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artists

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is a longstanding supporter of the arts and film around the globe. Through its RBC Emerging Artists Project, RBC has supported over 24,000 alumni since 2015. To date, more than $90 million has been donated through the RBC Foundation to benefit thousands of arts organizations around the world.

“Through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, we strive to support organizations that will provide the best opportunities for artists to accelerate their career trajectory,” said Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact and Innovation, RBC. “Our partnership with SeriesFest will help to provide the much-needed opportunities that underrepresented artists require to take their next step — as we believe all artists deserve equal and equitable opportunity to meet their full potential. We look forward to watching their careers unfold in the years ahead and hearing the stories informed by their diverse perspectives.”

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