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
Themba Bhebhe

With this 3rd edition of its Diversity & Inclusion initiative, in 2020 the EFM is renewing its commitment to the subject by hosting a series of events across EFM platforms. Complementary to the social justice arguments on the subject, the Diversity & Inclusion initiative’s primary objective is to create a forum for discussion and transformative change on the market relevance of diversity, inclusion and belonging in the entertainment industry from a global and European perspective. Alongside the business case for inclusive practices, the initiative’s programming aims at bringing to the fore actionable, pragmatic, applicable and positive tools, solutions and take-aways for the diversification of the filmic eco-system. In 2020, the initiative’s programming includes themes such as the 5050 (x2020) movement, social impact series, the emergence of Indigenous-led episodic productions and the future of the African and African diaspora screen industries

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.