By presenting more than 340 stories from across the globe, the Berlinale demonstrates how films can bring people and cultures from around the world together. The Federal Foreign Office funds specially selected projects at the Berlinale, which is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.
A film festival in a country without cinemas: in December, the fourth Juba Film Festival was held in the capital of South Sudan. It provides a platform for young local filmmakers. The festival received funding from the Federal Foreign Office.
The Federal Foreign Office has been supporting the NGO Skateistan, which established the first skateboard school in Afghanistan, for over ten years. A recent film about the project, “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)”, is up for an Oscar on Sunday.
From the Year of German-American Friendship in the USA to joint projects with civil society in eastern Europe and the Franco-German cultural institutes – international cultural policy lays the groundwork for cooperation.
Federica Mogherini has worked for peace and understanding on many fronts and has decisively strengthened the role of cultural diplomacy. In recognition of these achievements, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented her with the 2019 Theodor Wanner Award.