UNCONSCIOUS BIAS TRAINING 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

GROUNDBREAKING TRAINING FOR DECISION-MAKERS IN BRITISH FILM

Piloted with BIFA voters in 2018, our Unconscious Bias training programme was designed to help voters recognise and mitigate against potential subliminal biases in their film watching and voting process, such as genre, budget, commerciality, reputation of the gender and race of key creatives or lead actors.

The training has since been rolled out to other organisations in the film and television industries, including BAFTA jurors. Our training is accessible, relatable, informative and – importantly – fun (you can see comments left by those who have undertaken it below). It helps us build a better, more inclusive industry and it helps industry professionals improve their leadership, judgement and decision-making skills.

We constantly review our Unconscious Bias training based on changes within the industry, industry need and feedback from participants. We are currently exploring ways to tailor our training to different areas of the industry and are developing a course specifically for those on-set and in production.

We also create additional bespoke training for industry organisations such as The Personal Managers Association, Sky News, BFI Academy and BAFTA. To find out more about creating your own bespoke session, get in touch at hello@bifa.film.

This training is delivered using National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills by the British Film institute as part of the Future Film Skills strategy.

DURING THE COVID CRISIS THERE ARE FREE TRAINING PLACES AVAILABLE FOR ALL INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

We are committed to building a fair and inclusive industry and we believe that this training is a vital part of that process. In the past, industry members who are not BIFA voters have had to pay a small fee to access this training.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, ScreenSkills are currently helping us to make this training free for professionals working in the screen industries who have been adversely affected during this time. We believe that this is an important step to keep developing our industry’s skills and reputation through this time of uncertainty. Although the course is free to all, we ask that if you are able to pay the course fee, that you kindly do so, to enable us to provide more free places to those that need them.

In order to access the training for free you’ll need to enter the promo code ScreenSkills2020 on the booking page. After booking your place you’ll be asked to create a ScreenSkills profile which will link to your course attendance.

Tickets for each session will be released one month ahead and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. To join our mailing list to receive a booking reminder, please email hello@bifa.film

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Our training covers how unconscious and ingrained biases (that is, biases that we are not aware of) affect human decision-making day-to-day and how that might have an effect on the work we do in British filmmaking. Join us at a training session and learn:

  • How the human decision-making process works and what factors can influence it
  • Where logical decision-making can go wrong and lead us to illogical conclusions
  • What is an unconscious bias and what can we be unconsciously biased against?
  • How to recognise and mitigate against unconscious biases on a personal level and in group work or discussions
  • How this affects our work in the British film industry and what we can do to fix it

This training equips attendees with vital skills and tools in decision-making, leadership, management and communications. It is relevant and applicable to all film professionals and especially those with significant decision-making powers over funding, staffing and programming, such as:

  • Distributors
  • Sales agents
  • Programmers
  • Producers
  • Commissioners / Financiers
  • Developers
  • Agents
  • Heads of department

 

TRAINING SESSIONS

Training will be held online, using Zoom, roughly once a month. The list below will be updated as more sessions are confirmed. Please note these sessions are limited and tickets for each session will be released one month ahead. To join our mailing list to receive a booking reminder, please email hello@bifa.film.

If you are unable to attend the session once confirmed please let us know ASAP so we can reallocate your place.

 

Date
Time
Session type
Duration
Price
Book
 7 May 2020 9.30am (BST) Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
8 June 2020 4pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
15 July 2020 7pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
20 August 2020 9:30am Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
8 September 2020 4:30pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
24 September 2020 7pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00

FREE for screen industry professionals

Unavailable – fully booked!
20 October 2020 9:30am Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

or FREE places available

Unavailable – fully booked!
5 November 2020 4pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

or FREE places available

Unavailable – fully booked!
17 November 2020 TBC Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

FREE places available

Unavailable – fully booked!
9 December 2020 7pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

FREE places available –
promo code: ScreenSkills2020

Unavailable – fully booked!
14 January 2021 9:30am Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

FREE places available –
promo code: ScreenSkills2020

BOOK HERE

Booking opens Mon 14 Dec
9.00am

16 February 2021 4:30pm Zoom webinar 90 mins £35.00 + VAT

FREE places available –
promo code: ScreenSkills2020

BOOK HERE

Booking opens Mon 18 Jan 9.00am

WHAT TO EXPECT

Once you’re booked in, you’ll receive an email confirming your place and link to sign up to your Screenskills profile. You must do this in order to attend a training session.

We will then send you some preparatory reading and a short task to be completed before the training begins. This task is in the form of a quick quiz from Project Implicit which will help test where your biases might lie – if you want to get a head start, you can try it out here!

On the day of the session, please be ready at your computer at least 5-10 minutes before the training is due to begin so that we can start on time.

The training sessions are fun and relaxed – our aim is to encourage thought and open-mindedness. There will be time during the session for questions and discussion of the topics raised.

After the session, we’ll follow up with a toolkit to help consolidate key learnings. We’ll also follow up to see if the training has changed anything in your practise to help evaluate how effective it is.

Here is what some of our voters had to say about the training:

“It’s a really useful foundation to cover the science behind bias and it helps encourage us to be open-minded. Bias is presented as something we do not necessarily actively choose, but that we can actively/positively influence once we’re aware of it.”

“The session was delivered with clarity and compassion alongside a true comprehensiveness of the subject matter. This allowed the audience to interact and ask questions which were listened to and answered fully.”

“Useful for life and work. Everyone should do this training.”

“I think it was brilliant – the presenter was fantastic, relatable, accessible. She made it feel like a conversation rather than a lecture.”

“I was reluctant to take part as I would typically judge this sort of thing as a waste of time, but as I have said above the outcome was quite surprising. I am so glad I took part. If only other organisations ensured that all their members did the same!”

“I think we all want to help diversity in our industry but often lack resources or opportunity to make real change – I felt that this session helped push a huge group of industry professionals a step in the right direction.”

BESPOKE TRAINING

We offer bespoke sessions either online or in person (COVID-19 guidelines dependant) for other industry organisations. The sessions are created with your individual organisation in mind and offer a more tailored approach. We’ve successfully delivered sessions to BFI, Personal Managers Association and BAFTA. To find out more get in touch at hello@bifa.film to discuss your requirements.

 

TRAINING PARTNERS

ScreenSkills

Our Unconscious Bias training is developed with and funded  by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills strategy. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries – animation, film, games, television including children’s TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. They work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success. You can find out more about them here.

Challenge Consultancy

Challenge Consultancy deliver our Unconscious Bias training. Challenge are leaders in the field of inclusion and diversity, they design and deliver innovative and engaging learning solutions for arts and media organisations, central government and other sectors. Their thirty five years experience gained across four continents helps them to create interactive training which grabs attention, holds interest and inspires action. You can find out more about them here.

 

 

 

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