Unconscious Bias Training for all

Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
ScreenSkills funded

Piloted with BIFA voters in 2018, our Unconscious Bias Training programme was designed to help voters recognise and mitigate against potential subliminal biases in their film watching and voting process, such as genre, budget, commerciality, reputation of the gender and race of key creatives or lead actors.

The training has since been developed and rolled out to other organisations in the film and television industries, including productions, talent management, pr and marketing, programming and commissioning. Our training is accessible, relatable, informative and impactful. It helps us build a better, more inclusive industry and it helps industry professionals improve their leadership, judgement and decision-making skills.

This initiative is funded using National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills by the British Film institute as part of the Future Film Skills strategy.

Who it's for

This UBT For All session is suitable for all industry professionals, and aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to minimise the impact of unconscious bias through their work.

Anyone within the film and wider screen industries . This training equips attendees with vital skills and tools in recognising and addressing unconscious bias which will help to improve their decision-making, leadership, management and communication skills. 

Training sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions are for a maximum of 35 participants and tickets for each session will be released one month ahead and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. To join our mailing list to receive a booking reminder, please email us. For more information and booking, visit BIFA here.

What it covers

Using real-life examples to interrogate the ways in which unconscious bias and privilege manifest within creative decision-making processes, the course aims to ensure that participants leave with the practical tools required to reduce the effects of personal and organisational unconscious bias.  

By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the concept of unconscious bias and its impact on:
    • Behaviour and decision making at work
    • Creative commissioning
    • Using networks and contact.
  • Understand the bi-directional relationship between unconscious bias and the media.
  • Describe the relationship between implicit association, unconscious bias, language, stereotypes, attitudes and behaviour.
  • Challenge processes and language which leave organisational practices and decision making vulnerable to unconscious bias.
  • Address micro-messaging arising from unconscious bias

How to apply

We're committed to building a fair and inclusive industry, and therefore will continue to offer a limited number of ScreenSkills subsidised and free-of-charge places at our sessions.

However, we do ask that if you are able to pay the course fee of £30+VAT, you kindly do so, to enable us to provide more subsidised places to those that need them. If you require a free or subsidised ticket, please email us.

Contact information

Name: BIFA
Email: hello@bifa.film

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