Characters with disabilities are represented in less than 1% of entertainment productions.
Dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all forms across the international television industry, the second edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2018 in the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, during MIPCOM, the world's entertainment content market.
The winning projects will be chosen by organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion including GADIM, SCOPE, Gay Star News and Minority Rights, who will reward positive programming across the year that embraces representation in worthy shows.
To be eligible, programmes must provide a fair and accurate representation of BAME, LGBTQ and disabled communities, have made a positive impact, stand out in originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values, and challenge stereotypes. Submissions must have aired for the first time between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 on a linear and/or non-linear platform.
GADIM was part of the jury of the inaugural award ceremony, in 2017, during MIPCOM, that selected Employable Me, from Canada and Team Chocolate, from Belgium for the excellence awards. Click here to view all shortlisted and 2017 winners.
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GADIM aims to bring together like-minded organizations at local, national, regional and international level, experts, academics and individual advocates that:
(A) share a mission of promoting the rights of people with disability; and
(B) have agreed to work collaboratively towards that mission by adopting a joint strategy for use of the media, in particular the mainstream media, as a tool to shape cultural attitudes and perspectives in line with their shared mission.
However, the success of such an initiative will depend on the reach of networks at all levels to promote the GADIM's work and message. As such, it will be important to identify not only active participants in the Alliance but also partners (including those outside the disability sector) that can assist to amplify and distribute its message.
Partners are welcome!
- companies and governments that can include people with disabilities in media.
- media and entertainment professionals (news, ads, film, tv, books, social media).
- inclusive media orgs non disability related.
- inclusive media orgs disability related.
- disability news outlets.
Human Rights organizations
- international human rights orgs.
- International orgs, Disability Studies scholars and activists.
- easy to understand info on disability, with a human rights social model perspective.
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