Camera branch acts to promote BAME and women workers

22 January 2020

Bectu’s camera branch is providing an unmissable opportunity for women and minority ethnic people working in camera, lighting and related grades to have one-to-one meetings with top cinematographers.

The meetings will take place during BSC Expo on 31 January and 1 February and the deadline for applications is Monday 27 January.

Camera branch organised the initiative in partnership with Primetime, a visibility platform aiming to address the gender imbalance in the film and television industry, with thanks to Digital Orchard for hosting the event in their New Talent Bar at the BSC Expo. It is also supported by Imago, Illuminatrix, the British Blacklist and Women Behind the Camera.

Camera branch’s new equality and diversity officer Catherine Goldschmidt commented: “We recognise that, like much of film and television production, there is substantial under-representation of BAME and female talent in the camera department. Because so many breaks are down to who you know, we wanted to introduce women and minority ethnic people working in camera and related grades to those who hire crew members.”

Bectu diversity officer Janice Turner added: “We are delighted at the positive and enthusiastic response from top cinematographers and the British Society of CInematographers to our initiative – we hope the contacts made at the meetings during BSC Expo result in useful information and more opportunities for women and BAME technicians in camera.”

Tim Bertani, secretary of Bectu’s camera branch, said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for talented professionals to widen their networks”.

More information

Download the flyer containing the line-up of those available for meetings here

Applications for meetings should be emailed to jturner@bectu.org.uk