Diversity Mentorship Program

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Screen Nova Scotia’s membership is made up of the crew, talent, production and creative teams that reside in and create Nova Scotia content. In 2021, to accelerate the development of our diverse talent in the province, Screen Nova Scotia offered twelve individuals paid internships, each lasting four weeks on professional film sets in the province.

Screen Nova Scotia is now calling for applications to fill intern positions through our 2022 Diversity Mentorship Program. Selected interns will be placed on a professional film/television set in a crew trainee position and paired with a designated mentor for the four-week period to gain hands-on experience in the crew department of their choice. Please Note: this is a crew training program (not for talent/acting) and that not all departments are available to take on interns. DOP, Camera Operators and Camera Assistant positions are not possible as IATSE 667 has an established year-long trainee program for these positions.

Choices for IATSE Local 849 Departments: basic descriptions of these departments and positions can be found HERE.

– Costumes
– Craft Service
– Grip
– Gaffer
– Hair (has to have a license or background in hair)
– Make-up (has to have a background in makeup)
– Props
– Scenic Paint
– Set Construction
– Set Decoration
– Sound
– Transportation (requires a valid driver’s license)

Choices for Directors Guild of Canada-ARC Departments: basic descriptions of these departments and positions can be found HERE.

– Assistant Director
– Production Office
– Locations
– Art Department
– Editing
– Accounting

Applicants must be available to complete the four-week internship.

The application process will be managed by Screen Nova Scotia, as well as an external jury of experienced film and television professionals. Once selected, the interns will be required to participate in a mandatory set etiquette course in advance of their on-set placement. This will be arranged by Screen Nova Scotia and offered at no cost to the trainee. The exception would be if the intern has previously taken a set etiquette course within the past two years. 

Selected program participants will be paid a trainee rate of $1,000/week for the duration of their mentorship. It’s important to note that workdays may last up to 12 hours, depending on the production/department.

“Diggstown jumped at the opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking program. We view it as a crucial component in the participants’ professional growth, but more importantly in our industry’s growth. All producers should recognize their responsibility to participate in this program, and the value of discovering and nurturing new talent and voices.” — Karen Wentzell, Producer

Eligibility Criteria

Program Level: Emerging
Length of professional on-set mentorship: Four weeks (approx. 20 days).
Age range: 18+

Criteria:

  1. Applicants must identify as part of a racialized or marginalized community (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, 2SLGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities).
  2. Basic knowledge of the film industry is essential.
    – Past experience on a film set in a crew, trainee, or volunteer capacity will be considered an asset. Please identify any experience in your application.
    – Other equivalent film and television work experience is an asset but not essential (e.g. sponsored training initiatives such as AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Program, Halifax Black Film Festival Youth and Diversity program, any mentorship program or co-op placements/work terms, and post-secondary education/programs). Please identify this experience in your application.
  3. If selected, you will be required to participate in a set etiquette course. This will be free of charge but is mandatory for participants (unless the participant has already taken the course within the past two years – please include this info in your application).
  4. Applicants do not need to be a member of Screen Nova Scotia to apply but do need to be a resident of Nova Scotia (living and paying taxes in the province) or part of a Nova Scotia reserve.

Application Requirements

Program applicants must submit all the following information electronically in a one-sheet (.PDF file) via email to info@screennovascotia.com with the title 2022 Diversity Mentorship Program Application.

Keeping the above criteria in mind, please submit: 

  1. Resume/bio of the applicant. Please self-identify to which marginalized and/or racialized communities you belong. Looking for resume tips? Check HERE.
  2. A letter of interest and intent describing why you believe this program is right for you and outlining the steps you will take to advance your career in the film industry over the next year. In this letter, clearly identify the top three crew position(s) that you would be most interested in working in, with a brief description of why. Sample letter HERE

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13th. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered by our jury. Applicants may be interviewed by an external jury as part of the application process.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Industry Services Manager, Melanie Solomon: melanie@screennovascotia.com / (902) 229-1499.

Additional Information

Following acceptance in the program, interns will be given a “what to expect on a film set” document. In addition, you can expect a contact list of trusted resources/support people on set you can talk to during your experience.

Following internships, participants can expect a survey, along with information about the next steps (Union Permittee or Referral List, getting involved with Screen Nova Scotia, etc.)

“The film world can be very intimidating from the outside, so this program was an incredible opportunity to get a solid foot in the door. It really opened my eyes to the everyday operations of creating a television series, helped me make connections with the community, and taught me solid skills that I can apply as I begin my career in film and television.” — Stevey Hunter, 2021 Program Participant

“Screen Nova Scotia’s Diversity Mentorship program provided me invaluable experience on a production where I felt welcomed, effective, and impactful. I was thrown headfirst into production, but I was fortunate to be in an approachable environment with patient and gracious mentors and co-workers. I’m so grateful!” — Denzel Noylander, 2021 Program Participant 

In 2019, Screen Nova Scotia introduced an organizational mandate to develop and deliver projects that are tailored towards increasing job opportunities and discoverability of diverse individuals (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities).

Thank you to our partners at Telefilm Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, as well as the Association of Black Social Workers for supporting this program.