In 2018, the European Film Market celebrated its 30th anniversary and, for the first time, we made diversity and inclusion an explicit theme in our programme, thus aiming to link and leverage the established theme of diversity and inclusion from the festival with the world of the entertainment business and policymaking. In its capacity as a world-leading market, the EFM has positioned itself as a platform for innovation and change with its various formats such as the EFM Horizon, Berlinale Africa Hub, DocSalon, Berlinale Series Market and EFM Producers Hub.
Diversity & Inclusion
Through its programming of events across the EFM platforms and collaborations with other festival and market entities, the Diversity & Inclusion initiative creates a transversal forum for discussion and transformative change on the market relevance of diversity and inclusion from an international and European perspective.
Given the importance connecting individuals with opportunities as a vector for encouraging lasting change, the initiative, in addition, provides advice, networking, orientation and support towards enhancing the EFM experience of delegations comprising and focusing on equity-seeking groups in the industry. In particular, the DocSalon Toolbox Programme (in collaboration with the DocSalon) and the EFM Online Market Badge Inclusion Initiative aim at creating pathways into the global film industry for film professionals from marginalized groups.
In 2021 Diversity & Inclusion joins forces with all EFM platforms presenting the EFM Industry Sessions. The new programme offers online sessions containing various events: cutting-edge and interactive talk formats streamed live and available online, workshops, matchmaking and networking events. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to know what 2021 has in store.