Canadian public broadcaster the CBC has unveiled “AccessCBC: A CBC Initiative for Creators with a Disability,” a national pilot program for Deaf and disabled creators.
The program will offer training, mentorship and, on certain selected projects, financing support to create documentary and scripted content. CBC is partnering on the project with the ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto, which provides creative opportunities and training for people with a disability who work in film, TV or video content production.
“This first of its kind program will provide professional development, skill enhancement, mentorship and funding opportunities to creators who have the necessary talent to thrive in the media industry when not faced with accessibility barriers,” said Sally Catto, CBC general manager of entertainment, factual & sports.
AccessCBC is designed for creators working on short documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. In the program’s short documentary stream, filmmakers will participate in a two-month development mentorship that will see 10 participants shortlisted and awarded development funding. The participants will be closely mentored by a CBC executive who will provide guidance on the development process. In the end, one of the shortlisted projects will be greenlit for production.
Submissions are open to creators with previous storytelling experience and past or present employment in any media industry position, who self-identify as having a disability, and who are not employed by the CBC.
The submission process is open until January 26. More information can be found via reelabilities.org/toronto/accesscbc.