Call for applications: Develop your skills to be competitive in the global market with Access BIPOC Producers 

The National Screen Institute, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF), is now accepting applications for Access BIPOC Producers, presented by European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE)

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. 

This is a part-time, 10-month intensive program for up to 20 BIPOC, mid-career producers in Canada with or without a project in development. The program is open to producers from both English and French speaking communities. 

Apply for the Access BIPOC Producers program by March 17. If you are interested in applying for the program, please register for an online information session taking place on February 27 at 2 p.m. ET to find out more.

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“After a very successful first year of the program, the CMF is happy to be once again working with the National Screen Institute and EAVE on the Access BIPOC Producers program,” says Tamara Dawit, Vice President of Growth and Inclusion at the CMF. “The program is a core part of the CMF's equity and inclusion strategy to help build robust production companies led by Indigenous and racialized creators that will showcase extraordinary Canadian stories at home and abroad.” 

Access BIPOC Producers will empower participants to develop global relationships, facilitate the growth of their companies and advance the financing, export and co-production of their intellectual property.   

Over a series of workshops, participants will build national and international connections while completing assignments on project strategy, finance, company / career planning and script development.  

“Our partnership with the Canada Media Fund and EAVE provides a platform for BIPOC producers across Canada to develop their practical skills while cultivating a network of support as they take their careers and companies to the next level,” says National Screen Institute CEO Joy Loewen. “Building on the success of last year’s edition, we’re thrilled to continue this work through Access BIPOC Producers and reach more creators who are empowered to share their stories.”  

The curriculum is developed using EAVE’s methodology, tailor-made for delivery in Canada. Recent EAVE graduates have seen a 182 per cent increase in co-production projects after participation. 

About EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs 

EAVE is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organization for producers. In addition to their flagship program, the renowned European Producers Workshop, they are involved in a variety of programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,600 producers and key decision makers. 

About the Canada Media Fund 

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. 

About the National Screen Institute – Canada 

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world. 

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups. 

Media enquiries 

Rachel Young 

Outreach and Engagement Lead, National Screen Institute 

[email protected] 

Access BIPOC Producers is presented by the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Additional support provided by Telefilm Canada. Strategic Sponsor Bell Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Founding supporters 2022: EAVE On Demand Access Program was presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) with support from Presenting Partner Canada Media Fund (CMF); Program Patron Telefilm Canada; Program Partner Indigenous Screen Office (ISO); Host Partner Alberta Film Commission; Strategic Sponsors Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Ontario Creates; Provincial Sponsors Creative BC, Creative Saskatchewan, Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporter Bell Fund. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council