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Representation in Film, Vol. 2

Fabio Kühnemuth
Fabio Kühnemuth

The images we see stay in our minds. Stories we hear tell us about our world. Who identifies with them? Who writes the screenplays for our films, who chooses the faces that appear in them, which environments get to be portrayed — and more importantly: which do not?

Representation in Film, Vol. 2

 These are the very questions that will be addressed at a conference titled “Representation in Film (Vol. 2)” (November 28–30, 2023), which FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is presenting in cooperation with the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing. Once again this will be a space for dialogue and discussion in which interested members of the public can meet with decision-makers and filmmakers.

The conference will address fresh perspectives on assigned roles, narratives, and visibility in front of the camera as well as on the structures and decision-making processes that exist behind the camera. The agenda has been finalized and registration is now open. We’re looking forward to lively discussions!

 

The first edition of the conference, held last year, delivered an important impetus to the German film industry: “New alliances were formed, new networks were established, and we’re delighted that our conference was able to play a part in this. In this second round in late November, we aim to review the developments of the past year with regard to representation in film and the media in Germany. We will be focusing on young filmmakers and technology. We will also be examining far-right attitudes, which have been spreading in this country,” say Christoph Gröner (festival director, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN) and Julia Weigl (artistic co-director, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN).

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN Julia Weigl Christoph Gröner 2023 Copyright FFM Bojan Ritan

The reason is that the world of arts and culture has long been a front in a culture war between conservatives and movements that are progressive, diverse and exclusive. Amid recent political developments that have sought to normalize marginalization, polarization, and negative stereotypes, a further aspect has emerged.

From November 28 to 30, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in cooperation with the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing will continue the dialogue begun at their first joint conference, “Seeing and Being Seen: Representation in Film”, in March 2022. What has transpired in the meantime? What obstacles remain? And what will the influence of artificial intelligence entail?

In a search for solutions, the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing will address and discuss assigned roles, narratives, and visibility in front of the camera as well as the structures and (decision-making) processes that exist behind the camera. Representatives of major initiatives (such as Schwarze Filmschaffende e.V., Netzwerk Film + Demokratie, NewMotion), of various institutions (European Film Academy) and, for the first time, of all German funding institutions are expected to attend. International partners will contribute inspiring input.

This event is sponsored by FFF Bayern and supported by Creative Europe Desk München.

The complete conference agenda can be found here.

Information on registration is available here.

 

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