Raising Films launches next major piece of research: HOW WE WORK NOW

Raising Films launches its next major piece of research - HOW WE WORK NOW: Parents and Carers in the post-COVID screen sector - a follow-on from the organisation’s scoping study BACK FROM THE BRINK which was published in March 2021.

HOW WE WORK NOW is a community-led and solution-orientated survey that is open to anyone who works or has worked in the UK screen industries while being a parent and/or caring (unpaid) for family members and/or friends, whether long-term or short-term. 

The survey draws on the findings of BACK FROM THE BRINK and the general consensus from participants that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 must provide an impetus to reflect on and change exclusionary working practices based on the experience and knowledge gained during, what was for many, a very difficult period.

Raising Films will be publishing the HOW WE WORK NOW report and announcing Raising Films’ next steps in September 2021. Both the report and the next steps will draw from key survey findings that highlight the film and TV community’s experience during COVID-19 and their expertise in managing work and caregiving. 

The last year has shown it’s time to reshape employment to be care-led, by continuing to build equality, diversity and inclusion into working practices.

The HOW WE WORK NOW report will be launched online, will be available free from the Raising Films website, and will be shared widely across the screen industries to drive action at multiple levels, from individuals, community groups, employers, contractors, guilds and unions, up to national funding organisations.

The survey opened on Monday 17 May 2021 and will close at midnight on Wednesday 30 June 2021. 

It’s anticipated that the HOW WE WORK NOW survey should take around 40 minutes to complete and is a combination of multiple choice and narrative questions. 

Further information, along with a link to the survey, can be found on the Raising Films website.

Take the survey

Raising Films acknowledges the support that has allowed this work to take place and thanks our funders: the BFI using National Lottery funding, The National Lottery and the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, The Screen Industries Growth Network, Bectu and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.


For further information or to interview someone from the Raising Films team please contact [email protected]

About Raising Films 
Raising Films’ mission is to support, promote and campaign for parents and carers in the UK screen sector. 

Raising Films calls on the UK screen sector to recognise the value of its parent and carer members and ensure that the best possible working practices are available to them. We challenge the sector to find ways to prevent the loss of talent and enable the working parent and carer community to grow in number so that all voices can be heard.

Since 2015 Raising Films has been carrying out groundbreaking research, building an online community, running training programmes, publishing resources and awarding the Raising Films Ribbon for best practice.

Raising Films is a community interest company, founded by five people working in film and television, and now expanded to a core team of two part-time members of staff plus an advisory board and industry ambassadors.

About the BFI
We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. 

Our mission is:

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals - delivered online and in venue
  • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. 
The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.

About Screen Scotland
Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. Sitting within Creative Scotland, it is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success. With funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support. 

About SIGN
The Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) is a business-facing initiative based at the University of York supporting the TV, film and games industries in Yorkshire and the Humber. Funded by Research England, SIGN aims to make Yorkshire and the Humber the UK’s centre for digital creativity, and a model of diverse and inclusive activity. In order to do this, SIGN connects companies, support agencies and universities through a programme of training, business development, research and evaluation. The University of York leads the initiative, working with Screen Yorkshire and eight other regional universities.

About Bectu
Bectu is the union for creative ambition, representing over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries.

About WGGB
WGGB is a trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames. Our members also include emerging and aspiring writers.