Diversity Mentorship Program

Applications for 2021 are now closed

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Screen Nova Scotia’s membership is made up of the crew, talent, and production and creative teams that reside in and create Nova Scotia content. In 2021, to accelerate the development of our young, diverse talent in the province, Screen Nova Scotia is offering four individuals paid internships, each lasting four weeks (depending on program uptake, internship lengths may be reduced to enable greater participation in the program). 

Through an application process managed by Screen Nova Scotia, as well as an external jury of experienced film and television professionals, four interns will be placed on a professional film/television set in a crew position. Selected interns will be paired with a designated mentor for the four-week period to gain hands-on experience in the crew position of their choice. For a list of crew positions, please click HERE. Please note that this is a training program for crew, not talent (acting, etc.) Also, not all departments may be available to take on interns.

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)
Age range: 18+

Criteria:

  1. Applicants must identify as part of a racialized or marginalized community (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, LGBTQ+, people 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 Friday, April 9th, 2021. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered by our jury.

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+, people with disabilities).

Thank you to our partners at Netflix for supporting this program.