Berlinale: Extras

NO to Discrimination!

Mutual appreciation and respect for the other have been part of the Berlinale’s philosophy from the start.

With its ‘NO to Discrimination!’ initiative the Berlinale is facilitating counselling for those affected by discrimination, harassment or abuse. We are providing any festival visitors (both audience and industry guests) who experience or witness discrimination, harassment or abuse with contact partners and information on counselling centres (anonymous, confidential and free of charge).

Counselling Services

The German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency is a point of contact for individuals affected by discrimination. The German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) regulates this protection.

Type of counselling: telephone and email
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 18555-1855
Consultation hours: Monday 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Languages: German, English

The ‘Violence against Women’ Telephone Hotline

The ‘Violence against Women’ telephone hotline is a nationwide counselling service for women who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence. Counselling is also available to relatives, friends and professionals who are dealing with affected individuals.

Type of counselling: telephone and online
Telephone: 08000 116 016
Consultation hours: daily, also at weekends, around the clock
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Kurmanji, Romanian, Polish, Russian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic

BDB - Bund für Antidiskriminierungs- und Bildungsarbeit in der BRD (Association for Anti-Discrimination and Educational Work in the Federal Republic of Germany)

The BDB advises in cases of discrimination due to skin colour, nationality, culture or religion. The focus of the BDB in this larger context is on countering ethnic discrimination. In addition to providing counselling for those affected by such discrimination, individuals are also accompanied in their daily lives in order to find long-term solutions.

Type of counselling: telephone, e-mail and on-site visits
Address: Sprengel Haus, Sprengelstr. 15, 13353 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 216 88 84
Consultation hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, with consultations also available by appointment out of hours
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

The ‘Speak Up!’ Initiative

The ‘Speak Up!’ website aims to encourage people affected by sexual harassment in the film industry to speak out. The website is being launched during the Berlinale and offers information and counselling services.