Gender Equality at 2018 Berlinale

Alexia Muiños Ruiz
Alexia Muiños Ruiz

Berlinale 2018: Events focused in Diversity and Gender Equality


EFM Industry Debate: Why Diversity Matters in the Film Industry
All EFM events will be held in English. Admission is for accredited visitors only.
Saturday, Februar 17, 4pm – 6pm
Venue: “EFM Horizon”, Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin
Key film business professionals exchange with Dame Vivian Hunt (McKinsey & Company), following the presentation of McKinsey’s “Delivering through Diversity” report.

Empowering Women Film Producers – The Producers Programme for Women
Monday, February 19, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: “EFM Producers Hub”, Martin Gropius Bau
A case study of a remarkable and successful initiative by the Austrian Film Institute in which women film producers are actively encouraged and supported through a mentoring programme.

The New Normal - Diversity as a Selling Point
Tuesday, Februar 20, 5pm – 5.50pm
Venue: Drama Series Days, Zoo Palast
How diversity can become a key selling point for high-quality drama.
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Berlinale Co-Production Market

Towards an inclusive and equal work environment – new perspectives for women and parents in the film industry
Saturday, February 17, 2.30pm – 2.30pm
Language: English
Venue: Green Chamber, Berlin House of Representatives, Niederkirchnerstr. 5, 10117 Berlin
Theme Talk with Hope Dickson Leach (Raising Films, United Kingdom), Jonas Dornbach (Komplizen Film, Germany) and Alessia Sonaglioni (EWA - European Audiovisual Women’s Network, Italy)
Time’s up! In the wake of a (hopefully) permanently changed perception of women (in the film industry), we want to tackle the next area: how our system’s lack of accountability and hostile work environments often exclude mothers - and other carers. Gender imbalance only gets worse when motherhood comes into play. Why is it so difficult to have a sustainable career in our industry and take care of children? We want to talk about ways toward a more inclusive hiring policy and a more considerate work environment.

Admission is for accredited visitors only.

Berlinale Talents

Technically a Woman: Cinematographers Speak Out
Tuesday, February 20,5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: HAU1, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin
Language: English
At the center of this year’s Berlinale Talents edition, two of the world’s most renowned camerawomen, Agnès Godard from France and American DoP Nancy Schreiber (the first and only woman thus far to receive the Presidents Award from The American Society of Cinematographers in 2017), will share and discuss with the public audience their vision of a future where more women make up the “technical crew.”
To attend, both the public and accredited visitors need to pick up a ticket at the ticket counter.


Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day 2018: Making Things Happen
Wednesday, February 21, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Venue: Filmhaus, Potsdamer Straße 2, 4th floor
Language: English

Talking About Success, Innovation and Awareness
The WCF’s role and strategies in Germany, Europe, and the funding regions
Director’s Talk: 
Following its screening, there will be a talk about the WCF-supported film Las herederas (The Heiresses, Berlinale Competition 2018) with the director Marcelo Martinessi. 
Critics’ Talk: 
What does innovation mean? A critical and self-critical talk about innovative cinema in- and outside the funding regionsWith Jay Weissberg (film critic, Variety) and Kong Rithdee (film critic, The Bangkok Post).
Producers’ Talk
WCF and German partners. Co-producing cinema in funding regions of the WCF. Are we effective enough? Sharing knowledge and experience, thinking about common goals and funding structures in Germany and Europe. With Helge Albers (producer, Germany), Nicole Gerhards (producer, Germany), Gema Juárez Allen (producer, Argentina).
In co-operation with the VDFP - Verband Deutscher Filmproduzenten e.V. (German Producers Association) 
Free admission
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In addition, Berlinale supports the following external events:

Closing the Gap. A Seminar With Creatives and Financiers on How to Take Action Towards 50/50 by 2020.
Saturday, February 17, 10am – 1pm
Venue: Meistersaal, Köthener Straße 38 (S&U-Bahn Potsdamer Platz)
Language: English
Hosted by the Swedish Film Institute, Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Germany and WIFT Nordic
Free admission for WIFT members. Tickets for non-members via

Panel discussion: Culture Wants Change – A Conversation on Sexual Harassment in Film, Television and Theatre
Monday, February 19, 2pm – 5pm
Venue: TIPI am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee, 10557 Berlin
Language: German, with interpreters on hand for English and sign language
With Thomas Bellut (director of German television broadcaster ZDF, tbc), Michael Lehmann (Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe), Hans-Werner Meyer (Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V.), Barbara Rohm (ProQuote Film e.V.), Jasmin Tabatabai (actress), Karola Wille (director of  Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, tbc), Natalia Wörner (actress)
Welcome speech: Dr. Katarina Barley (Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; Interim Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs)
Hosts: initiated by Bundesverband Schauspiel (BFFS), with ProQuote Film e. V. and the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
Free admission

TEDDY Events

Queer Connection (In co-operation with the EFM)
Wednesday, February 21, 5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Cinema at the Martin-Gropius-Bau
Language: English
Filmmakers and producers can pitch their films (irrespective of whether they are selected at the Berlinale or not) for 2 to 3 minutes and have the opportunity to network.

Followed by:

TEDDY Queer Industry Reception (In co-operation with the EFM)
Wednesday, February 21, 6.30pm – 8pm
Venue: MGB Atrium
Only accredited visitors and invited guests will be admitted.

Teddy Awards - Diversity und Gender Equality in Beruf und Gesellschaft: Viel Luft nach oben in Sachen Gleichstellung
Thursday, February 22, 4pm
Venue: Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin
Language: German
Free admission. Registration required via: Please present a valid photo-ID at the door and allow sufficient time for embassy security.

Moreover, 2018 will see another four TEDDY Diversity Talks. Two filmmakers each will speak in moderated 60 minute talks about the intersectionality of their films and the issues presented. The talks will be dedicated to works with queer topics from the Berlinale programme. The final programme can be found on

We Want More - Diversity & Visibility

6th Discussion on the status of women in film business and gender equity on the occasion of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.
Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11 am
Venue: Delegation of Thuringia in Berlin, Mohrenstraße 64, 10117 Berlin
For greater diversity in the areas of gender, race, age, sexual orientation and disability. How to stop the ongoing and significant underrepresentation in the film industry? Recognise and acknowledge the quality and value of difference. Join the discussion.
Welcome: Malte Krückels (State Secretary for Media and Representative of the Free State of Thuringia for Federal Affairs)
Introduction: Silke J. Räbiger (Festival Director, Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival)
Key Note: Simon(e) J. Paetau (Director)

Panel Diversity Standards
Karola Gramann (film curator, Kinothek Asta Nielsen, Germany)
Sheri Hagen (director and actress, Germany / Group “Black Filmmakers”)
Emily Morgan (producer)
Christopher Racster (Executive Director of Outfest | UCLA Legacy Project, USA)
Moderator: Aurora Rodonò (Freelance Curator & Research Fellow, Institute for Art and Art Theory | University of Cologne Germany)
Discussion & Reception
Sponsored by Film und Medienstiftung NRW Freistaat Thüringen. In cooperation with International Women’s Film Festival Network