Screenwest encourages the WA Screen Industry to take part in The Everyone Project through SDIN
Screenwest has been working with the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN) to launch The Everyone Project, a significant, new initiative to help Australian screen industry companies and organisations track, boost and foster diversity on their screen productions.
The Everyone Project initiative is essentially an easy-to-use web app that invites people to self-identify on a set of characteristics around the diversity of the talent and crews working on their current projects.
Over the coming months, Screenwest will work closely with Western Australian producers and production companies with projects entering into production, to help them learn about the benefits and overall objectives of The Everyone Project.
Western Australia and more broadly, Australia’s diversity is one of its great strengths, with rich multicultural, disability and LGBTQIA+ communities, so reflecting those communities and their stories on our screens is important.
The Everyone Project was designed to map and track the diversity across Australia’s screen sector, both in front of and behind the cameras, and provide understanding of what a diverse workforce looks like to those driving productions in Australia.
At this early stage of the roll out, WA screen production involvement within The Everyone Project will not be mandatory, but Screenwest is encouraging producers to invite their on and off-screen staff, contractors and crew members to participate in a voluntary and confidential survey. By taking part in the initiative, SDIN will be able to benchmark the production industry for diversity against the broader population over time.
SDIN’s newly appointed Co-Chairs Benjamin Law and Jo Dillon said: “For a long time, the Australian screen industries have agreed fostering diversity – behind and in front of the camera – is paramount. However, we can only improve something by measuring it first. We urge and encourage all of our members and those who work on their projects to get on board with The Everyone Project. This is a landmark opportunity for our industry to truly engage with the question of diversity and ensure their workforces are representative of the broader Australian community.”
Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe explained, “Seeing diverse Western Australian talent and stories represented both on and off screen is crucial to a vibrant industry, and an industry which is in touch with and considerate of the broad Western Australian community. We look forward to working with WA producers to encourage their participation in The Everyone Project and believe Screenwest’s membership of the SDIN outlines its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the screen industry in WA.”
How it works
The Everyone Project is an easy-to-use web app, managed by the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN) and Screen Industry Innovation (Sii)
SDIN is a network of broadcasters, screen funding agencies, business associations, guilds and industry-aligned education and training organisations who have committed to working together towards an inclusive and diverse screen industry. The list of SDIN members is here.
The platform also acts as a tool for organisations to better understand the diversity of their workforce, membership, crews and cast and to measure the impact of their efforts to make this more diverse and inclusive.
The platform aims to be easy and engaging whilst prioritising personal privacy, security, respectfulness and inclusion.
SDIN members subscribe to the platform and then invite the audio-visual productions they fund, both in-house and external to their organisation, to register a production on the platform. The platform has been designed to make the process of registering a project as simple as possible. For most productions, this should only take a few minutes. Significant input from industry has shaped the design.
The Project is committed to consent and privacy and the platform has applied best practice privacy by design principles from conception and has opted in to be bound by the Australian Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act (Cth).
More information about The Everyone Project
The Everyone Project has been developed by Sii, a benefit corporation established by long time screen industry executives Adam Smith and Alex Hannell, with the support of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), an Australian Commonwealth Government statutory authority.
For more information about The Everyone Project please visit the SDIN website.
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