FOS and Diversity
FOS is committed to seeking the very best talent from all backgrounds – both on and off screen. We pledge to use diverse talent at every level of our productions.
Already our executive board comprises 40% women – nearly double that of the current UK board average of 22%.
Additionally, we have film projects in the pipeline that reflect the diverse make up of our society. FOS understands that all voices matter and the crucial role that film plays in reflecting back to us all our lives – and not just the lives of a few of us.
Respecting diversity means recognising the differences between people as being both a valued and valuable asset. Our main focus for diversity will be behind the camera. We’ll be working with the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans). We commit to making a concerted effort to position female directors and to appoint BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) – people of colour – in our crews in the positions of director, producer, camera, Director of Photography, grips and runners etc. We will appoint these people not because they are female, LGBT or of colour but because they are talented people and the best possible person for each position.
FOS has joined the Creative Industries Federation, the brainchild of Sir John Sorrell whose ambition is to give political clout to the UK’s creative industries sector. The UK creative industries has been the fastest growing part of the UK economy over the last decade, however it previously has failed to punch its weight with government. We are together working to change this; addressing such issues as investment in arts and heritage, creative sector tax relief schemes, commitments to diversify and ensuring a strong IP framework.
FOS will prove its commitment to diversity every step of the way in a journey in which we greatly hope that you too will be involved.