How do I become a BYP2I participant?

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How long has BYP2I been running for?

  • BYP2I began in 2018 and will host its last cohort from 2020-2021.


Who is the program funded by?

  • We are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Black Youth Action Plan.

  • BYP2I falls under the ‘Industry-Led Career Initiative’ subsection.


Who initiated the program? 

  • BYP2I is the brainchild of Alison Duke, renowned Black Canadian filmmaker. The programme is specifically funded under the Black Youth Action Plan. BYP2I exists as a programme of Alison's production company, Goldelox Productions. 

  • Alison was recently awarded the WIFT-T (Women in Film and Television Toronto) Crystal Award for Mentorship for her contribution via the Pathways programme.

Prospective Participants


Who can apply to the program?

  • Participants must be:

    • Black-Identified

    • Aged 18-26

    • Graduated from a post-secondary institution

    • Located in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area)

  • We do accept a limited number of participants who are enrolled in their last few years of school.


What is the application process?

  • Applications open February 1st and close March 29th.

  • Selected applications will be contacted for two rounds of interviews in the beginning of April.

  • Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of May.


How many youth are accepted per cohort?

  • We take up to 20 participants per year.


How long is the commitment?

  • Programming takes place from May 2020 - March 2021. The number of workshops per month varies.




Where does the program take place?

  • Most workshops take place out of our office in Leslieville, Toronto.


When do workshops take place?

  • Most workshops tend to take place between 6-9pm on weekdays, or during the daytime on weekends.


How much does it cost?

  • The program is free for all participants.




What is this year’s focus?

  • We will be producing a season of a web miniseries as a team.


What is this year’s schedule?

  • This year, our schedule is the following:

    • May - Aug: Program orientation and workshops

    • Sep - Dec: Pre-production and shooting

    • Jan - Apr: Post-production

  • The detailed schedule will be released to participants after they are selected.


How does BYP2I do skills-building and networking?

  • Select participants will also be invited to exclusive industry mixers and will be offered job opportunities as they come.

  • Workshops are taught by renowned filmmakers, directors, writers, etc.


What did past cohorts focus on?

  • Class of 2019: Digital Archiving

  • Class of 2020: Production


What are the other bonuses of participating in the program?

  • We provide monthly travel passes for all participants.

  • We provide food at all workshops and events.

  • We are a trauma-informed and empathetic staff and are always willing to accomodate for our participants’ life circumstances.


How do you support youth after they graduate from the program?

  • Alumni are welcome to workshops that take place after they graduate.

  • After graduation, we offer membership to a union (NABET, Director’s Guild, Writers Guild etc) or media art centre (Charles Street Video, Trinity Square Video, or LIFT - Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto) of the graduate’s choice.