(Hollywood, CA--June 19, 2017) The Blue Collar Post Collective  today announced the open of applications for their next Professional Development Accessibility (PDAP) recipient. Applications are being taken to send one emerging post production professional to ACE’s Editfest LA as a guest of BCPC board member Bobbie O’Steen in cooperation with American Cinema Editors, along with accommodation and travel if necessary.
“There are many opportunities in our industry to learn, grow and expand our horizons, but so many of these opportunities have huge financial and geographical barriers. At least 80% of our organization’s incoming donations go toward providing working professionals financial assistance they can use to break down those barriers and transform their careers, making this industry more inclusive and accessible,” added Blue Collar Post Collective West Vice President Kylee Peña.
Applicants should complete the form in full on bluecollarpostcollective.com/pdap before the June 27th, 2017 deadline. To be considered, applicants must reside in the US and have an income less than or equal to the median income of their city of residence. More eligibility requirements can be found on the application, including documentation that must be submitted.
This re-opening of applications comes shortly after the first round of PDAP recipients returned from their experience at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Tara Pennington, Eugene Vernikov, and Nolan Jennings were provided badges, airfare and hotel for the conference and trade show where they attended classes in Post Production World, had one-on-one vendor meetings, and networked with industry professionals.
With a recent spotlight on inclusiveness, film and television industry conferences and trade shows are seeking to widen their audience and broaden the range of attendees. The Professional Development Accessibility Program will continue to bolster this effort, creating a bridge between the industry and the diverse membership of the Blue Collar Post Collective. By bringing new faces to major events, we are reminding the wider industry that all professionals, including those who are low-income earners, have voices that are of equal value and importance to the post production community.
The concept for the program came when a BCPC member, who was an intern in a New York post house, had a technical paper accepted to a major conference. Former co-president Katie Hinsen was shocked to learn he couldn’t attend the conference to present his paper due to financial constraints and vowed never to have it happen again.
To check your eligibility and apply for the program, go to http://www.bluecollarpostcollective.com/pdap/
For more information contact the Blue Collar Post Collective
About the Blue Collar Post Collective
The Blue Collar Post Collective is an accessible and focused grassroots non-profit organization, supporting emerging talent in post production.
Their goal is to foster an all-inclusive community and to provide unique opportunities for their members to develop professionally. There are no prerequisites or membership fees to join the BCPC. It is a group of over 4000 post-production professionals who want to share their experiences and support each other. It appeals to those who have questions about getting started in post, people looking to advance in their careers, and professionals who want to connect with more of their peers.
The BCPC holds monthly meet-ups and organizes events focused on offering alternative educational and career development opportunities with no barriers to attend. Not only are they building networks for emerging talent, but they work to strengthen the ties between the group and the wider community, through collaborative partnerships, advocacy, social events and innovative programs.