WCF Day 2023: Funding Cinema Cultures During Crises And War Time

The 2023 WCF Day took place on February 22 in cooperation with Berlinale Talents at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. The topic was the current reality of filmmaking in Iran and the challenges Iranian filmmakers face inside and outside the country. But the WCF Day will also dealt a crucial and essential question, involving representatives from international funding institutions, discussing funding cinema and culture during increasing crisis and war times.

Welcome and Introduction / Focus on Iran / The State of Things
Cultural-political, artistic, empathetic point of views
With Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director Berlinale, Florian Weghorn, Programme Manager Berlinale Talents, Vincenzo Bugno, Head of the World Cinema Fund

Focus on Iran / The Spirit of The Age
Filming in Iran, telling Iranian stories
A conversation with female directors from inside and outside of Iran who have recently been supported by the WCF (and other funding institutions).
With: Farahnaz Sharifi (director, WCF funded project Letters from Iran), Steffi Niederzoll (director, Sieben Winter in Teheran, Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2023), Dornaz Hajiha (director, Berlinale Talents 2023), Sahand Sarhaddi (director, Berlinale Talents 2023), host: Vincenzo Bugno

Funding in Good and Bad Times / The Challenge
The role of funding institutions and how to develop sustainable strategies during times of crises and war.
With: Enrico Chiesa (responsible for cinema, Organisation international de la Francophonie, OIF), Olga Sievers (Goethe-Institut im Exil), Ziad Khaltoum (director, Syria/Germany), host: Viola Shafik (filmmaker, film scholar)

Contextualising Cinema / WCF Directors
Klezmer & More: A presentation of Adentro mío estoy bailando (Argentina/Austria), a WCF supported film made in 2022 and selected for Berlinale Encounters 2023.
With: Paloma Schachmann and Leandro Koch (directors), host: Vincenzo Bugno