Canada is leading the way in defining and implementing diversity criteria in film funding. In the context of a panel discussion, we shed light on Canadian diversity guidelines from a film funding as well as from a production perspective, and compared them with similar efforts in Germany for the local industry.  

Andreas Weichert, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada, and our CEO and Chairwoman of the Board Jeannine Koch welcomed the 90 guests with a brief introduction to the topic.

The following discussion was attended by:

  • Joan Jenkinson (Executive Director, Co-Founder, Black Screen Film Office)
  • Shehrezade Mian (Producer, Markhor Pictures)
  • Teresa Hoefert de Turégano (Film Funding Executive, medienboard berlinbrandenburg)
  • Silvana Santamaria (Director & Producer, soilfilms).

Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Director of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin) was the moderator.

In the panel, we discussed the impact of social and economic backgrounds on careers, as well as the challenges and barriers encountered by female-read individuals and BIPoC in the film industry. Another important topic was accessibility in film productions and at events. The audience also took the opportunity to ask the panel questions about diversity, inclusion and implementation options.

After the panel discussion, the guests took the opportunity to network over coffee and cake.

We would like to thank our event partner, the Embassy of Canada, the panelists for the exciting discussion and our guests for their active participation!

You can find more photos at flickr.

Photos: © Daniel Hinz

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