Steps Towards Utopia - Addressing Racism and Inclusion in Film Production

Are you ready to take significant strides towards a more equitable and inclusive film industry? Join us for a transformative two-day event "Steps Towards Utopia - Addressing Racism and Inclusion in Film Production" where we will tackle the complex issues of racism, representation, and inclusion in film production.

In a world where leadership requires an understanding of inclusion and diversity, the film industry must also be aware of its historical biases. "Steps Towards Utopia - Addressing Racism and Inclusion in Film Production" is an immersive event that seeks to educate, enlighten, and empower individuals within the film community to recognize and address racism, representation issues, and exclusionary practices.

The course takes place on The National Film School of Denmark on the 28th of November and 2nd of December.


Day 1: Understanding the challenges

On the first day, we will delve into the nuanced concepts of systemic and institutional racism. We will explore how these deep-rooted issues manifest in the film industry, perpetuating harmful tropes and inadequate representation. Participants will gain a clear understanding of why well-intentioned responses like 'colour-blindness' can actually hinder progress and perpetuate harmful practices. Through engaging discussions, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to identify discrimination in all its forms.

Day 2: Building an inclusive toolkit

The second day is dedicated to practical solutions and building a comprehensive toolkit for fostering equality and equity in filmmaking. Participants will learn best practices for promoting inclusion in both the production and exhibition phases of filmmaking. We will explore specific terms and language around inclusion and racism to enhance communication and understanding within the industry. Attendees will leave with actionable strategies to embed inclusion seamlessly into their existing filmmaking practices.

What will you learn?

  • A deeper understanding of systemic and institutional racism and their impact on the film industry.
  • Develop the ability to identify harmful tropes, representation gaps, and discriminatory practices within films and the industry.
  • Acquire the confidence and know-how to respond effectively when encountering discrimination, both personally and professionally.
  • Build a toolkit of actionable strategies to foster equality and inclusion in your filmmaking endeavors.
  • Connect with industry experts, diversity advocates, and like-minded peers to foster collaborations and support.

Who should attend?

"Steps Towards Utopia" welcomes filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, film exhibitors, film festival organizers, and anyone passionate about creating a more inclusive and anti-racist film industry. Whether you are an industry veteran or a newcomer, this event is designed to inspire change and equip you with the necessary tools to make a difference.

For further information, contact

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