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Quickly identify and break down the risks involved in your film project with the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool

Participants of the co-creation lab held in Manila discuss risk mitigation and impact production strategies

Working on social issue films can pose risks for the filmmakers and the subjects involved. To help filmmakers identify and anticipate these risks, EngageMedia, together with the Video4Change Network, is excited to announce the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool (RAMT), a new addition to the Video for Change Impact Toolkit.

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool is designed to help filmmakers and video producers identify and anticipate the risks involved in their film projects so they can better look after their team, their subjects, and the communities they work with. By answering the questions in the guide, video practitioners can identify potential risks involved in their project, build out lists of allies and important contacts and resources, and evaluate possible mitigation strategies.


The RAMT is based on the Safe + Secure Handbook by Doc Society and the risk management section of the Video for Change Impact Toolkit. The tool was finalised during a co-creation lab held in Manila, Philippines where independent documentary filmmakers, producers, and media collectives provided their feedback and insights.

For questions, feedback, or suggestions on additional resources to include, email [email protected].

Find more resources on using video for change:

  • Learn more about using video to support social movements on this page: What is Video for Change?
  • Design powerful impact campaigns with the Impact Campaign Builder, a tool that helps video practitioners identify opportunities for creating impact and setting realistic impact goals.
  • Join conversations around creating impact through film through Impact Talks, a bi-monthly gathering of filmmakers, activists, film curators, and impact producers in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Read filmmakers’ experiences on using video to address environmental issues through the Video for Change Environmental Impact Lab.