Innovative Funding in Focus: From the Margins to the Center

Berlinale Industry Events

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Mon Feb 14 14:00 – 15:00
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  • The question of the role of film organisations in providing production funding for marginalised film creatives as well as in creating robust network for new voices in the film industry is far from new, yet has received renewed attention in the wake of the global uprisings against racial injustice of the summer of 2020.
  • Featuring the insights of CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund as well as the experiences of a funding body with a substantial track record in this area of funding, this conversation will explore the key role that regional, national and international film funders can play in identifying equity gaps, marginalised creatives and their needs. Beyond the question of funding itself, this discussion will also beg the question of how film organisation can collaborate with interest groups, advocacy bodies, collectives and alliances who are already mobilizing and doing the grassroots work to provide greater access and resources to their networks of film creatives.
  • This exchange will, in particular, feature the case study of an inspirational and innovative Netherlands Film Fund-supported pilot initiative, Cypher Cinema, which adopts a completely out-of-the-box approach to funding in terms of its target-group, selection processes and procedures.

© Photo Credit Claudia Roth: Kristian Schuller

  • Tags:
  • Diversity & Inclusion,
  • Producers,
  • Future

Hosted by


Bero Beyer (he/him)


Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands

Shamira Raphäela (she/her)

Cypher Cinema, Netherlands

Jon-Sesrie Goff (he/him)

Program Officer

JustFilms - Ford Foundation, USA

Claudia Roth (she/her)

Minister of State for Culture and the Media

Ministry of Culture, Germany


Nadia Denton (she/her)

Curator & Social Impact Producer

Beyond Nollywood, UK