Diversity Mentorship Program

Deadline for applications: January 2, 2022

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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. 

Two previously selected interns from the 2021/22 program are now unable to participate and therefore these spots have become available. Screen Nova Scotia is calling for applications to fill these two intern positions. Selected interns will be placed on a professional film/television set in a crew position and paired with a designated mentor for the four-week period to gain hands-on experience in the crew position of their choice. 

Please note that this is a crew training program (not acting). For a list of crew positions, please click HERE. Please note that not all departments are available to take on interns. Director, DOP and Camera Ops positions, for example, are not possible as trainee programs through IATSE 667 for these positions are year-long courses. 

Applicants must be available to complete the four-week internship starting on or before March 31, 2022.

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/crew position.

“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). This must be completed before March 31, 2022.
Age range: 18+

Criteria:

  1. Applicants must identify as part of a racialized or marginalized community (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities). 
  2. Basic knowledge of the film industry is essential.
  3. 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.
  4. Other equivalent experience is an asset but not essential (e.g. sponsored training initiatives such as AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Program, HBFF 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Applicants do not need to be a member of Screen Nova Scotia to apply but do need to be a resident of Nova Scotia.

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 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.
  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.
  3. Clearly identify the top three crew position(s) that you would be most interested in working in, with a brief description of why.

The deadline to apply is Midnight ADT on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered by our jury. Applicants will 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.

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 Netflix, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, as well as the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education for supporting this program.