There’s only a few days left to apply for Closr, Raising Films’ development programme for directors, producers and writers who are parents and carers in the English Regions.
Last year Raising Films’ report Making It Possible: Voices of Parents and Carers in the UK Film and Television Industry found that 79% of parents and carers said that their caring labour has a negative impact on their work in the UK film and television industries.
63% of respondents work freelance or are self-employed, and financial uncertainty is a major concern. It was widely reported that having carer responsibilities may lead to a lack of professional development, discrimination or further limiting of opportunities for individuals within the sector.
Following the report, Raising Films called for the following actions:
- Enable financial assistance for child and elder care
- Encourage industry-wide adoption of flexible working and access to child and/or elder care
- Formalise a way to combat discrimination
- Normalise conversations around caring commitments with employers
With this in mind, Closr has been set up to create opportunity for parents and carers working in film, and offers 36 participants 12 weekly online group and 1-2-1 sessions, plus an overnight event in June (with childcare provided) where there will be opportunity to meet peers, the programme coaches and a range of industry experts. Participants will then have 10 further weeks to develop their network and their projects independently, working towards a short review with the CLOSR team.
Applications are open until the 23rd April, click here to learn more and apply.