As a film professional, how will you deal with questions about diversity and inclusion in 2023? Awareness and good intentions are a start. But they are often not enough. So how do you develop useful tools to deal with your own (pre)judgments/assumptions during each stage of filmmaking, from development to set or post, and to start conversations about this with others?
Winnie Roseval (diversity & inclusion consultant and researcher at the Inclusive Education research group, The Hague University of Applied Sciences) has therefore developed a training course especially for FilmForward based on the concept of positionality. Positionality is a way of understanding why we know what we know and therefore why we don’t see other perspectives; our blind spots. In this way it can be investigated how we can make room for those stories that have been told in a stigmatizing way, or had no place at all. How do those stories, stories that belong to the norm and the story that you bring with you as a professional, relate to each other?
These perspectives determine which films we like and why, which characters we want to identify with and how we approach our work. But they are also (other) stories with which we can enrich our world view and work better together by looking at where they meet.
The one-day training ‘Positionality’ aims to get started with these concepts actively and from our own experiences. These are tools that you can then actively deploy and use to inspire others. We will work with case studies submitted by the participants themselves. Do you have such an experience of an uncomfortable situation on set? On reflection, has your perspective influenced your work too much? When could you have paid more attention to the input that someone else brought in from their positionality?
The Positionality training is a one-day training led by philosopher and researcher in inclusiveness Winnie Roseval.
Who is it for?
For screenwriters, directors, producers, script coaches, production designers, cameramen, distributors, screeners and everyone involved in telling, making and shaping film and audiovisual productions.
Partners and coaches
Positionality is powered by FilmForward. The training is given by Winnie Roseval (diversity & inclusion consultant and researcher at the Inclusive Education research group, The Hague University of Applied Sciences).