BFI, Bafta launch bullying and harassment principles to tackle 'urgent and systematic issues'

Screen | 1/31/2018 | Tom Grater
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The British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) have teamed up to launch a series of bullying and harassment principles and guidelines that they hope will address “significant knowledge gaps” regarding workplace conduct and will help offer more support to victims.

The initiatives have been developed with buy-in from organisations including Bectu, Pact, the Production Guild, Women In Film & TV, and the UK Screen Alliance.

Reports - Autumn - Instances - Harassment - Film

After reports emerged last autumn that revealed numerous high-profile instances of sexual harassment across the global film industry, industry-leading organisations such as the BFI and Bafta have been pressured to step in and help to address what many consider to be an ingrained culture of misconduct.

Work began in Autumn on the principles, with government body ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) drafted in to offer guidance on the creation of the documents – the published guidelines are modelled on ACAS’ own set of workplace principles.

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As part of the initiative, the BFI and Bafta will offer training to companies so that they can have in-house provision for incidents. The suggestion is for there to be two designated workers per organisation (or film set) who will be trained “to handle issues and allegations [and to] ensure workers understand their rights and know how to seek help and support”. The organisations are consulting with several potential partners to deliver the training and The Production Guild is assisting in an advisory capacity to help work out logistics.

Additionally, a film and TV support line is being launched by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), in partnership with the Production Guild and the BFI, that will offer free advice to victims of harassment and bullying and will be operated by professional staff on a 24/7 basis.

Alex - Pumfrey - CEO - CTBF

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the CTBF commented: “Film...
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