The Academy believes that this industry has a collective responsibility to contribute to diversity and equity. Storytellers change hearts and minds, shaping the way we perceive both individual and shared experience. We have the unique opportunity to make sure diverse voices are heard. But change must happen from both the bottom up and the top down.
With this in mind, the Academy is undertaking a number of initiatives to ensure that Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and under-represented industry professionals have increased visibility, accessibility, and recognition in our industry. We have three specific goals and a strategy to make this happen. We invite you to join the Academy in making equity and inclusion a reality in our industry, ensuring that future generations engage with content that reflects the diversity of Canadian experience.
Opening doors and building networks by providing training to under-represented creators.
Directors Program For Women
With three editions completed and a network of 22 Program alumni, this developmental initiative provides mentorship and skills training to a group of 8 emerging women directors each year.
The Directors Program for Women is supported by Netflix, RBC Emerging Artists Project, Pinewood Toronto Studios, and the Canada Media Fund
Warner Media X Canadian Academy Global Writers Access Program
This program aims to build a more inclusive and innovative industry by focusing on increasing representation in front of and behind the camera. 8 to 12 applicants will be selected for the inaugural class and will have the opportunity to continue to hone their craft, gain deeper industry knowledge and exposure to WarnerMedia executives, creators & established industry professionals.
This Program is a multi-year initiative supported by WarnerMedia, administered by the Academy with the collaboration of Telefilm Canada
Advocating for and investing in a more diverse Canadian media landscape, and the stories that come with it.
Anti-racism training for members
Complimentary access to invaluable anti-racism workshops, offered virtually to Academy members with several opportunities to participate throughout the year.
FUNDING GOAL: $50,000
Donors: Daniel Abrams, Barbara Eve Harris, Andrew Phung, Simone Smith
Removing barriers to participate in and to access the platforms which promote Canadian talent.
Complimentary Academy memberships for screen-industry professionals to whom cost is a barrier. Provides complimentary access to all the Academy’s year-round programming for members.
FUNDING GOAL: $10,000
Donors: John Gill, Grand Wave Entertainment, Jean Yoon
Reduced entry fees
Reduced Canadian Screen Award entry fees for those in financial need.
FUNDING GOAL: $200,000
Donors: Michael Ofori-Attah
Tax receipts are issued to donations of $50 CAD and above
Boat Rocker Media
Anne Marie La Traverse
$2,500 – $5,000