Our Values and Commitments


Commitment to Social Equity and Inclusion

We at Paper Heart Films are committed to conducting our business in a way that supports equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. We recognize that film is a powerful way to share and tell stories and encourage and inspire change, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory our home and office stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and learn here in mutual respect and appreciation. 

For every film we work on, we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment. At Paper Heart Films, we are committed to:

  • listening, learning, and standing up for equality.

  • lifting up marginalized voices, confronting our own biases, correcting our mistakes, and checking our privilege.

  • doing what we can to be better allies each day and committing to lasting change.

  • upholding the values of racial justice in our community and actively pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • standing with our colleagues, clients, partners and friends in fighting racial injustice and inequality.

  • turning our allyship into action.

 

In practice, this means that:

For commercial films:

  • we seek to work with businesses who share our values

  • we encourage our clients to create films that support and celebrate diversity, inclusion, equity, and reconciliation

For wedding films:

  • we will never discriminate based on the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, or sexual orientation of any of our clients or couples

  • before each wedding, we’ll check our biases and leave our assumptions at the door

  • we will make ourselves available to support clients and couples in selecting meaningful ways to celebrate on their wedding day and creating a safe and inclusive environment for their guests 

For documentary films:

  • we seek to tell stories that support social justice, environmental action, community building, and individual growth

  • we seek to give voice to others by helping them tell their own story, not by telling a story for them

  • we seek to tell stories that support our values and commitments


Commitment to the Environment

We at Paper Heart Films are committed to conducting our business in a way that protects and improves the state of the environment. We are committed to reducing our own environmental footprint, and we do so by improving our efficiency, choosing and using resources responsibly, and reducing waste. We recognize that film is a powerful way to share and tell stories and encourage and inspire change, and we take that responsibility seriously.

In practice, this means that:

 

In our business, we:

  • carefully research the type of gear we purchase and the locations and stores we purchase from to make informed choices

  • prioritize local producers for our supplies

  • reduce our packaging and waste (by delivering films online, for example)

  • regularly assess our impact and seek to find new ways to improve

For commercial films:

  • we seek to work with businesses who share our values

  • we encourage our clients to consider the environmental impact of their video project and consider ways to reduce it

 

For wedding films:

  • we seek to reduce our own footprint on the wedding day by minimizing our transport needs

  • we encourage our couples and clients to find ways to reduce their footprint on their wedding day (including reducing waste, considering sustainable or biodegradable options, etc)

For documentary films:

  • we seek to tell stories that support social justice, environmental action, community building, and individual growth

  • we seek to tell stories that support our values and commitments
     

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