THE SYSTEM OF WHITE SUPREMACY WAS NOT CREATED BY ANYONE WHO IS ALIVE TODAY. BUT IT IS MAINTAINED AND UPHELD BY EVERYONE WHO HOLDS WHITE PRIVILEGE."
LAYLA F. SAAD, ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: HOW TO RECOGNISE YOUR PRIVILEGE, COMBAT RACISM AND CHANGE THE WORLD (2020).
The Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film - ARTEF - has been created to tackle institutional racism in the European film industry.
In June 2020, a tsunami of anti-racism protests made us all acutely aware of the need to fundamentally address the issue of institutional racism in the world, around us in Europe -- and in particular for us in the European film industry.
As a group with over 30 heads of film institutions, associations, funds and industry members based in Europe (see a list of members below), we joined Dr Emilia Roig on a bi-monthly basis to undergo anti-racism awareness training as a first step aimed at eradicating structural and institutionalised racism in our industry.
We have now completed the foundational year of training as our first step of work towards change. The ARTEF's steering committee is currently working on next steps towards a longer-term strategy.
Who joined ARTEF?
The organisations and individuals who took part of ARTEF's founding anti-racism awareness training are:
ACE Maegne Fabias, Jacobine van der Vloed
Bertha Foundation Adrian Kawaley-Lathan
BFI - British Film Institute Melanie Hoyes, Jack Powell, Rico Johnson Sinclair
Cinéastes non alignées Véronique N. Doumbé, Rahma El Madani
Collectif 50/50 Delphyne Besse, Laurence Lascary, Evelia Mayenga
Creative Diversity Network Deborah Williams
DAE – Documentary Association of Europe Brigid O’Shea, Marion Schmidt
Doc Society Nicole van Schaik, Sandra Whipham
EAVE Diana Elbaum, Ana Ruiz Miralles, Lise Lense-Møller, Kristina Trapp
European Film Academy Pascal Edelmann, Heidi Frankl, Matthijs Wouter Knol
European Film Market Faysal Omer, Jana Wolff
European Film Promotion Sonja Heinen, Jo Mühlberger
European Producer's Club Paula Alvarez Vaccaro, Alexandra Lebret
EWA European Women Audiovisual Network Alexia Muiños Ruiz, Alessia Sonaglioni
FOCAL Rachel Schmid
HessenFilm Patrick Schaaf
International Sámi Film Institute Liisa Holmberg, Anne Lajla Utsi
MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Inga Becker, Heike Goede
Netherlands Film Fund Bero Beyer
Pinball London Aaron Brookner
Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2) Themba Bhebhe, Tessa Boerman, Hussain Currimbhoy, Lucy Mukerjee, Shamira Raphaëla, Paul Struthers
ProQuote Film Germany Yvonne de Andrés, Chun Mei Tan, Barbara Rohm
Queer Media Society Germany Naomi Beukes-Meyer, Kai S. Pieck
Swedish Film Institute Anna Serner
WIFT International Helene Granqvist, Regina Mosch
ARTEF's current steering committee:
Paula Alvarez Vaccaro
Véronique N. Doumbé
Emile Hertling Péronard
ARTEF's 2020-2021 training sessions were made possible thanks to the financial support of:
MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
International Sámi Film Institute
Further contributions were received from the following participating organisations and companies ACE, Collectif 50/50, EAVE, EWA, WIFTI, Magic Hour Films, Pinball London, and Sonntago Media.