The UK Screen Alliance in conjunction with Animation UK and Access VFX has published a major new report into inclusion and diversity in the UK’s VFX, animation and post-production sectors.
The report fills in a data gap which was highlighted by a BFI commissioned evidence review in 2018 and by the recent ScreenSkills Assessment for 2018-19 which called for more granular research at sub-sectoral industry level into inclusion and diversity. Collectively, industry trade body UK Screen Alliance in conjunction with Animation UK and Access: VFX, surveyed of more than 1,150 workers. The results reveal a portrait of diversity that will challenge many of the preconceptions about these three sectors and their progress in achieving an inclusive workplace. There has been significant improvement in some respects, but there are areas where action is still required.
The report documents a significantly higher percentage of ethnic diversity in VFX, post and animation than the overall level of diversity, or lack of it, within the wider film and TV industry. In VFX, people of colour make up 19% of the workforce. For animation, BAME representation is 14% and in post-production it is 18%. All three sectors exceed the 14% UK average percentage for people of colour in the working-age population.