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Diversity now!

Julia Weigl und Christoph Gröner
Julia Weigl und Christoph Gröner

A résumé of the conference: Seeing and being seen: Representation in Film

Diversity now!

Three days of intense dialogue lie behind us. We’ve discussed issues, raised criticism and sought solutions. Most importantly, we’ve formed new networks and alliances. In an era of polarization, deliberate misunderstanding, hate speech, and viral vitriol, constructive dialogue can’t always be expected. Yet we’ve managed to provide exactly that!

Two years of increasing isolation during the pandemic have made it all the more crucial to return to direct communication in the analog realm and to reach out to one another — to start with concrete steps toward positive action, developed in a broad forum by and with groups that are (still) underrepresented. This is exactly what we, along with all of our partners and guests, were able to demonstrate at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing in panel discussions, workshops, and evening conversations among individuals.

Change must be brought about in a spirt of togetherness! Yet such togetherness won’t always be easy; problems, conflicts and injustices must be openly addressed and discussed. There will be differing opinions, which must be tolerated and left to stand.

We see that we’re still just starting out in terms of thinking and talking about diversity in German film. Our thanks go to the many people who have provided the impetus for this, be they creative professionals, film subsidizers, producers, or our colleagues at the British Film Institute.

There is much work to do.

Broad-based inclusion of diverse talent is an opportunity and the future of film and media in Germany. That, and only that!

Talk is all well and good, and it’s important, but now deeds must follow. One weekend will not suffice. Instead, this is a process that we and our many partners intend to see through, this summer at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and again next year — as is already planned — at and with the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing.

Young talent, quotas, checklists, sources of funding, the desired composition of juries and committees, who’s producing and financing films, the need to take a critical look at our own structures: these are all important issues that will continue to concern us in the coming months and that we will now approach together.

Once again we would like to thank all our guests and partners, especially the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, the FFF Bayern, Creative Europe Desk Munich and the MaLisa Foundation.

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