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DEI Committee

Welcome DEI Committee Members! This page will serve as an informational hub for committee members to access resources, meeting agendas & minutes, and annual DEI goals and outcomes. We thank you for your time and commitment to helping us expand the ways our organization and programming offers a platform for and is inclusive of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ voices, artists of color, and diverse points of view.

Meetings & Minutes

2021 DEI Goals

GOAL 1: Create an annual Festival Program with balanced representation of gender and race that depicts the diversity of the human experience.

  • FILMMAKERS
    • Objective: > 50% BIPOC and women directors included in the Festival program
  • PARTICIPANTS
    • Objective: > 50% women and BIPOC on-stage as presenters, moderators, and panelists
  • INCLUSIVE SIDEBARS
    • Objective: Expand diversity of themes of our sidebars to include new perspectives and topics.

GOAL 2: Strengthen ways we partner programmatically with individuals and organizations to increase BIPOC voices.

  • GUEST PROGRAMMERS
    • Objective: Expand on our 2020 guest programming team to add 2-3 additional guest programmers, specifically women and/or BIPOC.
  • PARTNERSHIPS
    • Objective: Continue to expand partnerships with local organizations and UVA programs to enable us to reach a broader and more diverse local audience.

ADDITIONAL PRIORITIES:

  • To more accurately understand who our audience is, who we are not reaching, and what the perception of the Festival is, we will work with a consultant to help survey our audience and community.
  • Outreach to the Black Community with an annual household income range of $40,000-$120,000, and UVA BIPOC and underrepresented staff, students, and faculty.
  • We will highlight our affordable ticket prices in marketing and print materials to improve the perception of exclusivity.
  • Add a Land Acknowledgement to all Festival screenings.
  • Add ASL interpreters and open captions at our major events to improve accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing community, and improve accommodations request process.

2020 DEI Goals and Outcomes

GOAL 1: Create an annual Festival Program with balanced representation of gender and race that depicts the diversity of the human experience.

  • FILMMAKERS
    • Objective: > 40% BIPOC and women directors included in the Festival program
    • Outcome: 60% of films were directed by BIPOC and women filmmakers
      • 31% of films directed by women
      • 45% of films were directed by BIPOC
  • PARTICIPANTS
    • Objective: > 50% women and BIPOC on-stage as presenters, moderators, and panelists
    • Outcomes: 54% of guests overall were women and/or BIPOC
      • 34% of guests were women
      • 34% of guests were BIPOC
  • INCLUSIVE SIDEBARS
    • Objective: > 50% of the feature length films in the Festival program to represent diverse themes
    • Outcomes51% of feature length films were a part of our series of inclusive sidebars

GOAL 2: Strengthen ways we partner programmatically with individuals and organizations to increase BIPOC voices.