14 JULY 2022. SOHO, LONDON
What is BE YOU?
BE YOU is a 1-day Summer Festival designed to spark progressive conversation about the visible & hidden challenges of diversity, inclusion, belonging & equity in film & TV.
14 JULY 2022. SOHO, LONDON
Who is BE YOU for?
BE YOU is for anyone wanting to make a positive change towards a more inclusive media culture.
Whether you work in technical, creative or commercial, we are all striving for better content. So, if you are keen to get together for a day of conversation, ideas and inspiration, BE YOU is for you.
Leave your ego and fears at home - just bring positive energy and be open to meet new people.
We break down the invisible wall between speakers and the audience: Guests are part of the narrative and are encouraged to participate in great conversation. We want you to BE YOU.
Our brilliant Advisory Team meet regularly to help shape the programme and create an amazing festival experience.
THE DAY IS SPLIT INTO:
CONTENT & SOCIETY
Content Making Impact
Society is shaped by the stories we tell, who tells those stories and for whom. Diversity makes television better and creates a better society.
Whilst we are slowly seeing movement in onscreen diversity, offscreen we still are challenged with the lack of diversity.
We meet the content creators smashing the barriers and smashing ratings.
EQUITY & INCLUSION
Ways to create a holistic diverse and inclusive culture.
Leading from the top, collaborating and making bold actions is crucial to effecting change and driving systemic change.
We bring together the trailblazers designing a culture of inclusivity and equity which runs through the fabric of their organization and making long lasting impact.
We ask how they’ve made diversity a part of their DNA and we raise the question - Is it time to scrap diversity schemes?
The ZOUD Sessions: Zones of Uncomfortable Discussion
Participate in smaller breakout sessions, where we tackle topical challenges in a safe space. Topics include:
Be a better ally
Is having children a career killer?
Tackling the systemic discrimination of BAME individuals in media
TALENT AND SKILLS
Make D&I a core part of your talent strategy
How can you access talent, nurture it and grow your organisation's diverse talent pipeline?
How to manage generational diversity in the workplace?
Career Discovery: Exhibit
An opportunity for graduates, brands and universities to come to together and chat about:
Which jobs are emerging?
Which skills are desirable right now?
How to find the right role in a hybrid world
Accessible technology as a powerful enabler of inclusion
Technology is transforming the art of filmmaking. Virtual reality, algorithmic video editing and drones are just some of the tech advances impacting content creation.
Whilst bleeding edge technology drives innovation, it’s important that this technology is accessible and helps, not hinders, the promotion of a more inclusive society.
We bring together a panel to discuss the need for more inclusive technology, what changes need to be made and how the future of tech can be inclusive and accessible.
Is “cancel culture” long overdue accountability for the privileged or does it simply cancel diversity and honest debate?
Actions have consequences and some infractions are indeed cancel worthy. However, the danger of cancel culture could result in people not feeling free to express their opinions. Is this healthy for a democracy, which thrives when there’s diversity and respectful debate?
Combating mental health issues in film and TV. On the couch with…
After a day of world changing ideas and talks, it's time to relax, enjoy some drinks and dance.
We'll announce the party location the day before the festival.
Much of the British independent film, television and post-production industry has deep connections with London's Soho area and the media industry has significantly contributed to the vibrant and thriving Soho community. Soho is therefore more than just a location for an event, it’s a destination where we can celebrate the collaborative community we work in and with.
Play an important role in breaking down the barriers that, too often, limit the diversity needed for an open, accessible, and inclusive media industry.
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