Six B.C. producers have been selected within a cohort of 22 for Access BIPOC Producers – a training and mentorship program presented by the Canada Media Fund (CMF), European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and the National Screen Institute.
Access BIPOC Producers, formerly EAVE On Demand Access Program, provides training and mentorship to producers in Canada who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) as they develop themselves, their companies and a feature film or series to compete in the global market.
Through this training, participants will develop global relationships, facilitate the growth of their companies and advance the financing, export and co-production of their intellectual property. Participants will build national and international connections while completing assignments on project strategy, finance, company / career planning and script development.
Participants will develop their leadership and business skills while studying pitching, script writing, financial and company planning and contract writing from industry experts such as Mmabatho Kau, fiction series script consultant, Raindrop Media; Titus Kreyenberg, CEO and founder, unafilm; Marcia Douglas, vice-president of growth and inclusion, management team, Canada Media Fund; and Nghia Nguyen, vice-president of legal and business affairs, Wildbrain.
“Programs like Access BIPOC Producers are critical in supporting Indigenous, Black and racialized creators to forge a path to long-term success,” said Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, CMF. “The Canada Media Fund is proud to partner with EAVE and the National Screen Institute for the second year in a row to ensure that more Canadian creators can bring their stories to life and compete on the global stage. Congrats to this year’s participants!”
Congratulations to the selected B.C. participants:
- Baljit Sangra (Vancouver, BC)
- Brishkay Ahmed (Vancouver, BC)
- Cole Vandale (Vancouver, BC)
- Nach Dudsdeemaytha, writer Mayumi Yoshida (Burnaby, BC)
- Sarah Kapoor (Creston, BC)
- Shyam Valera, writer Kashif Pasta (Surrey, BC)