ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee, which serves the union’s self-identified diverse membership, is launching a multi-tiered awareness campaign called #SharetheScreen.
#ShareTheScreen is a call to action and an industry-wide rally. Together, we can show the world that Canada is a leader in creating exciting stories led by characters of various ages, genders, cultural backgrounds, and abilities.
The #SharetheScreen video addresses the realities and experiences of diverse performers in the entertainment industry, while also speaking to larger issues of diversity and gender inequities. The script was written by Joella Crichton and Connie Wang (who also makes her directorial debut) and was produced by the Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, Sedina Fiati and Farah Merani, along with Gugun Deep Singh and Safiya Ricketts. The advocacy video features over 35 performers, including the award-winning Art Hindle, Cara Gee (Strange Empire), Rick Howland (Lost Girl), Soma Bhatia (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Shailyn Pierre Dixon (Book of Negroes) and Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black).
DO YOUR PART TO CELEBRATE INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY!
When you see an amazing project that features people of colour, LGBTQ+, Deaf and disabled people in leading roles with meaningful storylines, get the word out with #ShareTheScreen!
Four ways you can #ShareTheScreen:
1. Follow the ACTRA Toronto Diversity Committee on:
- Twitter (@DiversityACTRA),
- Facebook (www.facebook.com/actradiversityto) and
- Instagram (@actradiversityto)
2. #ShareTheScreen on Twitter
#ShareTheScreen I want a more inclusive Canadian media industry!
- National Film Board – @thenfb
- Canada Media Fund – @CMF_Trends
- Canada Council for the Arts – @CanadaCouncil
- Ontario Arts Council – @ONArtsCouncil
- Bravofact – @bravofact
- Telefilm – @Telefilm_Canada
- Toronto Arts Council – @TorontoArts
- Harold Greenberg – @HG_Fund
Decision and Policy Makers
- Ministry of Canadian Heritage – @CdnHeritage
- CRTC – @CRTCeng
- Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Sport – @ExploreON
3. #ShareTheScreen on Facebook
Go to the Facebook Pages of ask them:
How do you plan to #ShareTheScreen by supporting meaningful stories featuring people of colour, lgbtq+, Deaf and disabled people in leading roles?
- CBC – https://www.facebook.com/yourCBCtv
- CTV – https://www.facebook.com/ctv/
- Rogers Communications – https://www.facebook.com/Citytv/
- Shaw Media – https://www.facebook.com/globaltelevision/
- Corus Entertainment – https://m.facebook.com/pages/Corus-Entertainment
- National Film Board – https://www.facebook.com/nfb.ca/
- Canada Media Fund – https://www.facebook.com/cmf.fmc
- Canada Council for the Arts – https://www.facebook.com/canadacouncil/
- Ontario Arts Council – https://www.facebook.com/Ontario-Arts-Council-Conseil-des-arts-de-lOntario-118143304897633/
- Telefilm – https://www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada/
- Toronto Arts Council – https://www.facebook.com/torontoartscouncil/
Decision and policy makers
4. #ShareTheScreen on Instagram
Use the #ShareTheScreen graphic above to support meaningful stories featuring people of colour, lgbtq+, Deaf and disabled people in leading roles.
- CBC – https://www.instagram.com/cbc/
- CTV – https://www.instagram.com/ctv_television/
- CityTV – https://www.instagram.com/city_tv/
- Global Television – https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/
- Toronto Arts Council – https://www.instagram.com/torontoartscouncil/
Decision and policy makers
- Ministry of Canadian Heritage – https://www.instagram.com/canadian.heritage/
This is an initiative of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee. The Committee began as the New Standing Committee on Equal Opportunities, founded in 1984 to address the challenges faced by the Physically and Culturally Diverse artistic community within the film and television industry in Canada. We are dedicated to initiating policies and advocating support structures in order to provide a better understanding of the need for change both within ACTRA and the industry at large.
ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.
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- ACTRA Toronto
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