Screen industries unite around anti-bullying and harassment principles
The screen industries have united in publishing the first set of principles and guidance to tackle bullying and harassment, specifically tailored to the sector.
In the wake of the shocking revelations that have beset the screen industries in recent months, the guidance marks a determination to eradicate bullying and harassment and to support victims more effectively. The guidance has been developed by the BFI in partnership with BAFTA and in consultation with a range of organisations including Creative Skillset, guilds, unions, industry member bodies and key agencies as well as employees and freelancers across all roles.
Creative Skillset will incorporate training informed by these principles and guidance into its soon-to-be-launched Skills Passport scheme. In addition, they will be incorporated in the BFI’s Diversity Standards, promoting inclusion and representation across the industry. BAFTA has previously announced that the Diversity Standards will become part of the eligibility criteria for the British categories at the EE BAFTA Film Awards in 2019. From April, a new film and TV support line from the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund will be set up, free of charge for anyone working in the film and television industry.
It's essential that we work together to stamp out any bullying and harassment which prevents people developing and using their creative skills and talent on and off screen. Creative Skillset's Skills Passport, which we are launching soon, seeks to professionalise recruitment, training and skills development across the screen industries. We are proud to include the BFI’s anti-harassment and bullying principles and guidance as part of this project, highlighting the importance of training and awareness in this area." Seetha Kumar, CEO of Creative Skillset
Actor Emma Watson is among the leading industry figures to speak out on the issue and recorded this message in support of the guidance: