Festival Work – an “Active Talk Event” at the Berlinale 2018 (recorded)

In recent years, a modest number of film festivals have been founded and established worldwide. Be it in the city or the country, in Germany alone there are over 400 professionally-organized film festivals. While this development is on-going, employment issues have so far mainly been discussed behind closed doors. Yet, film festivals are part of the cultural and creative economy and thus just as much employer and contractor as film productions, for example.
The festival sector has not only made a name for itself in basic and advanced training, but has also given rise to some highly specialized occupational fields. The curating, programming and coordination of a film program, sponsorship, guest service, copy management, venue management, catalogue editing, etc. require very specific expert knowledge. Nevertheless, there are neither uniform job descriptions nor regulated working conditions.
During the Berlinale “Active Talk Event” was held under the Fair Festivals banner, where the working conditions at film festivals were discussed with guests and an international audience. Click here for a recording of the event (discussion language English)

What’s the use of film festivals? A Panel discussion at the Film Festival Hamburg (recorded)

What’s the use of film festivals?

Between event, routine and utopia – a local determination*
a panel discussion at the Film Festival Hamburg 6th Octobre 2017
Click here for a recording of the event (discussion language German)
Film festivals concern us all… Filmmakers screen their works, experience direct feedback. Others do business. Film critics report. Financiers and editors seek the aesthetics and themes of tomorrow.
But we are all viewers, and look forward to exciting, irritating, relevant films – and to exchange.

Our question: what is the purpose of film festivals? What is their task, here and now, their place in this landscape that we call “cinema”? What can film festivals achieve and what do they actually achieve in fact? Whom do they benefit and under what conditions do they emerge? Does the festival boom represent opportunity or menace? And what role do film festivals actually play for the film sector?

Talk by:
Tanja Krainhöfer, Strategy consultant and media scholar
Barbara Albert, Director and producer
Thorsten Frehse, Managing Director, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH
Michael Hack, Managing Director, Woche der Kritik
Dr. Skadi Loist, Research assistant (Postdoc) at the Institute for Media Research at the University of Rostock
Rüdiger Suchsland, Film crittic, filmmaker and cultrual activits
Crew United in co-operation with the Hamburg Film Festival
Filmfest Hamburg – Festival Tent, Allende-Platz (opposite Abaton Cinema), 20146 Hamburg

Diversity Studies

 4. Diversity Report of the German Federal Association of Directors (Nov. 2017)
What about diversity in Germany’s AV (audio-visual) sector
A study on Gender Representation in Film and TV by the University of Rostock. Further information, to date only in German you find here. (July 2017)
Women Face Long Odds at U.S. Film Festivals
Stephanie Goodman, The New York Times (Mai 2017)

Geschichten und Filme kennen [keine] Grenzen
Untersuchung der Programmdiversität der Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin von 1980 bis 2016
(Download 1,2 MB) Pressemitteilung (Download 0,1 MB)

Stories and Movies Have [no] Boundaries
Study on the Programme Diversity of the Berlin International Film Festival from 1980 to 2016
(Download 1,2 MB) Press Release (Download 0,1 MB)

von/ by Tanja C. Krainhöfer, Dr. Thomas Wiedemann und Konrad Schreiber.