For years now, companies and cultural institutions around the globe have been tackling issues of inclusion and equal rights. Most recently, with the #MeToo movement and new concepts like “inclusion riders”, the urgency of these topics has also reached the film industry. To date, numerous studies have been devoted to the question of inclusion and representation in film and television. Inequalities, for instance, in age, gender, and ethnicity in front and behind the camera have been numerically substantiated. At the same time, other studies have shown that films benefit from diversity in many ways – from the creative process to distribution and audience reception. Hence inclusion is not just a societal factor, but also a prerequisite for success.

Exploring the multiplicity and diversity of society has played a role in the Berlin International Film Festival’s conception of itself since its foundation in 1951 – a phenomenon reflected annually in the film programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections, initiatives, and special events. Once again, at the 69th Berlinale, a large number of events will focus in a variety of ways on diversity and inclusion in the film industry.

The following events will be held during the Berlinale 2019 :


All EFM events are only accessible for Market Badge and Press Accreditation holders, unless otherwise indicated.


Opening of the “Berlinale Africa Hub” with Words of Welcome
from Michelle Müntefering, Secretary of State for International Cultural Policy, German Federal Foreign Office

Friday, February 8, 2.30-3.00 pm
Venue: “Berlinale Africa Hub”, Gropius Park

Africa Hub Talk: Interconnectivity, Self-Empowerment and Inclusive Network Building of African Women Film Professionals
Friday, February 8, 3.00–4.00 pm
Venue: “Berlinale Africa Hub”, Gropius Park

Game Changers for Diverse Films

How to Reinvent the Narrative on Sales, Distribution and Marketing
Saturday, February 9, 4.00–5.30 pm
Venue: “EFM Horizon”, Berliner Freiheit 2


Collaborative Present, Inclusive Futures: Collaborative and Inclusive Producing 
Sunday, February 10, 5.00–6.00 pm
Venue: “EFM Producers Hub”, Gropius Bau

All Inclusive – Diverse Documentary Festival Programming
Tuesday, February 12, 3.30–4.30 pm
Venue: “DocSalon”, Gropius Bau

In collaboration with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Reframing Documentary Funding: Diverse Lenses in Focus 

Tuesday, February 12, 5.00–6.00 pm
Venue: “DocSalon”, Gropius Bau

Re:Vision: A Think Tank Towards Inclusion
Tuesday, February 12, 2.00–4.30 pm
Venue: “EFM Horizon”, Berliner Freiheit 2

By invitation only

In collaboration with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)

Announcement of NFI’s Diversity Action Plan followed by the panel: Inclusive Europe: Diversity Success Stories

Friday, February 8, 2.30–4.00 pm
Venue: Norway House, Gropius Park

Organised in collaboration with the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), European Film Promotion (EFP), EFM

Nations Without Borders: International Indigenous Co-Productions
Friday, February 8, 4.30–5.45 pm

Venue: Norway House, Gropius Park

Hosted by Norway House / Norwegian Film Institute
Organised in collaboration with NATIVe, imagineNATIVE, International Sámi Film Institute, Arctic Indigenous Film Fund, EFM

WCF-Industry Talks at “Berlinale Africa-Hub”, Bufis: Re-Inventing African Cinema & Challenging Migration Narratives

Tuesday, February 12, 3.30–4.30 pm

Venue: „Berlinale Africa Hub“, Gropius Park

In collaboration with WCFBerlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents 

Further information:

Contact: Themba Bhebhe (Diversity & Inclusion – EFM),

Berlinale Talents 


Continental Drift: New Views on Africa
Sunday, February 10, 2.00–3.30 pm
Venue: HAU2, Hallesches Ufer 32

To attend, both the public and accredited visitors need to get a ticket at the ticket counter.

Room for All: A Safer Set Workshop

Tuesday, February 12, 11.30 am–1.00 pm
Venue: acama Hostel (Purple Room), Tempelhofer Ufer 8-9
Private event for the Berlinale Talents participants. Interested accredited media representatives please contact

Reinventing Porn: Erika’s Ethics

Wednesday, February 13, 2.00–3.30 pm
Venue: HAU2, Hallesches Ufer 32

To attend, both the public and accredited visitors need to get a ticket at the ticket counter.

Further information from January 29 here

Berlinale Co-Production Market

(Un)equal Pay – Participation and Percentage

Saturday, February 9, 2.30–3.30 pm

Venue: Berlin House of Representatives (Abgeordnetenhaus), Niederkirchnerstraße 5

Admission is for accredited visitors only.

Further information and preliminary programme here


Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day

  1. Focus on Brazil: Tales, Poetry and Drama
    2. Speculations on Potential Funding for Audience Building and Design

Wednesday, February 13, 10.30 am–2.30 pm

Venue: Filmhaus, Potsdamer Straße 2, 4th floor

Free admission (priority for accredited visitors)

Further information from January 29 here.


NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema 2019

Close to Me: Bringing Family Stories to the Screen

Tuesday, February 12, 2.30–4.00 pm


Island Dreams, Island Realities: Indigenous Filmmaking in the Pacific

Wednesday, February 13, 3.30pm–5.00 pm

Venue: Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Leipziger Platz 17

In cooperation with the Embassy of Canada

Free admission. Please present a valid photo-ID at the door and allow sufficient time for embassy security.

Further information from January 29 here


Berlinale Open House

Inclusive Reflections, Diverse Mirrors: Film Festival Programming

Tuesday, February 12, 4.00-5.30 pm

Venue: Audi Berlinale Lounge
Free admission

Further information from January 29 here


Queer Summit: Keynote, Panorama 40, Panels & Conversations

Wednesday, February 13, 11.00 am–4.30 pm
Venue: Berliner Freiheit 2
Free admission

Queer Connection (In co-operation with the EFM)

Wednesday, February 13, 5.30–6.30 pm
Venue: Gropius Bau Cinema
Admission is for accredited visitors and invited guests only.

The final programme can be found on:


Furthermore, the Berlinale is supporting the following external events:

Women in Film and Television (WIFT)

WIFT Press Conference
Friday, February 8, 1.30–2.30 pm
Venue: Norway House, Gropius Park.

Further information here.

Gender, Genre and Big Budgets 

Saturday, February 9, 9.30am–1.30 pm
Venue: Meistersaal, Köthener Straße 38 (S & U-Bahn Potsdamer Platz)

The event is hosted by WIFT Germany & Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln, with WIFT Nordic, Women in Film LA and WIFT International, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Norwegian Filminstitute (NFI), Swedish Filminstitute.

At the start of the event, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick will sign the pledge “5050 x 2020“ to work for increased gender equality at the festival and the market.

Pro Quote Film

International Round Table of Women’s Organisations in Film and Media at the Berlin International Film Festival on Friday, February 8.