The Academy’s Gold Network is an initiative to promote continued access, opportunity, professional development, career trajectory and education for alumni of the Academy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion talent development programs. Partnerships, events and activities within this program are crafted to support the career trajectories of emerging filmmakers and future industry leaders.
Alumni from the following programs are invited to join the Gold Network:
Once an emerging filmmaker has completed their respective talent development program, they are paired with an esteemed and accomplished Academy member mentor via the formal Gold mentorship program.
Affinity Groups exist as spaces for creating and sustaining community within the Academy Gold Alumni population. Within these groups, Gold alumni can connect with peers from potential shared identities and/or experiences as well as allies. The groups are connected to Academy Member affinity groups and are an opportunity for like-minded networking, shared voice collaboration and professional-to-professional support. Current groups include representative members and voices from Asian American & Pacific Islander, Black/African American, LatinX, LGBTQ+, and MENA/WANA communities.
The Academy Gold Mentorship Program pairs alumni of the Academy’s diversity, equity and inclusion talent development programs with Academy members to serve as mentors for an 8 month period. This formal program has demonstrated succes supporting the career trajectories of emerging filmmakers and future industry leaders.
The Academy Gold Mentorship Program’s mission is:
- To prepare emerging filmmakers and industry professionals from underrepresented backgrounds to work in the film industry via learning from Academy members’ experiences, insights and feedback.
- To build a mentoring partnership that allows for collaboration between mentor and mentee with the common purpose of enrichment, learning and career goal support.
- To allow for meaningful, intergenerational conversations about the film industry and its past, present and future.
- To help emerging filmmakers and young professionals build relevant skills in forming and maintaining important interpersonal and professional mentoring relationships.