Berlinale: Federal Foreign Office promotes encounters through the cinema

13.02.2017 - Article

The Berlinale demonstrates how films can bring together people and cultures from around the world. The Federal Foreign Office funds specially selected projects.

By presenting more than 400 stories from across the globe, the Berlinale demonstrates how films can bring together people and cultures from around the world. The Federal Foreign Office funds specially selected projects at the Berlinale, which is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.

A red carpet at the Berlinale
A red carpet at the Berlinale© dpa

Every February, Berlin for one week becomes a meeting place for directors, actors, producers and film journalists from more than 90 countries. The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, transforms the German capital into a Mecca for the film world. Every year, more than 400,000 visitors brave Berlin’s cold February weather to stand in line at ticket booths so they can see documentaries from Myanmar, Indian thrillers or Scandinavian short films. For more than 60 years, the Berlinale has proven that film is a global medium that can connect a great number of people and promote intercultural dialogue. The Federal Foreign Office provides funding to three specially selected projects of the festival.

Berlinale Talents – establishing a network for up-and-coming creatives in the film industry

A panel discussion at Berlinale Talents
A panel discussion at Berlinale Talents© dpa

Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. It is one of the pre‑eminent networking platforms worldwide for emerging filmmakers and a key institution for furthering their work. Each year, 300 outstanding creatives from 12 fields – directing, producing, acting, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, production design, film criticism, sales and distributions, score composing and sound design – are invited to attend Berlinale Talents in February. The 300 selected individuals take part in a six‑day programme that incorporates discussions, workshops and networking events.

Africa Hub – a platform for African cinema

The image of Africa that is presented in European and American films is often built on many clichés. But what stories do African movies tell about the various countries and cultures on the continent? Helping African film culture extend its international reach is an important way of promoting intercultural dialogue. The aim of Africa Hub, which is a new European Film Market platform and receives funding from the Federal Foreign Office, is to connect African filmmakers with German producers.

World Cinema Fund – promoting diversity in cinema on a global scale

Making sure that unusual images are seen and moving stories heard from regions without much infrastructure for film and cinema, the World Cinema Fund provides funding for films that might never be made without such support. The fund’s focal regions are Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South-East Asia and the Caucasus. Funding goes to film production, as well as to distribution so that films can be screened in Germany. In this way, the World Cinema Fund, which receives Federal Foreign Office funding, creates a more diverse film culture – around the world and in German cinemas.

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