Looking to bolster independent films with diverse casts and crews, the British Film Institute has officially launched Three Ticks, a diversity fund with the goal of increasing diversity representation both in front of and behind the camera. The fund will have an initial value of $1.5 million.
15 features have already received assistance from Three Ticks, including Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire.” The title of the fund refers to the requirement for “tick” in at least two of the following categories: On Screen Representation, Themes & Narratives, Creative Practitioners and Artistic Leadership, Industry Access and Opportunities and Opportunities for Audience Development.
Other funders such as Creative Skillset, Film London, Into Film and Creative England have adopted the fund’s model, which is now being called the BFI Diversity Standard. The BFI Fund officially opens November 2.