The online MAX Diversity film festival (MAXDFF) is an event created by the MAX project, whose aim is to change the narrative around migration by training, researching and communicating not only figures and facts but also putting on the front the stories of real people.
One of our key objectives is to create more spaces, both online and physical, to promote encounters among native-born citizens and newcomers to interact, share experiences and have joint debates.
The MAXDDF competition took place over the period May to August 2021. The eligible entries, a total of 73 films, are now being evaluated by our MAX jury members. Following the announcement of the finalists for each category on the 1st of October, the nominated films will be promoted throughout October for the public to Watch & Vote.
After the voting, MAXDFF will announce the winners during the Award Ceremony taking place on the 5th of November, which will count on the testimonials and experiences of the filmmakers, the members of the jury and other keynote speakers.
The film festival is a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity in Europe, present previews of films or a selection of movies little known to the public and contribute to the creation of an evidence-based debate and narrative about migration through storytelling.
If you are an organisation or initiative supporting culture, diversity, social inclusion or multiculturalism in Europe, please support us by spreading the word about MAXDFF within your network!
Faced with the rise of xenophobic and anti-migrant discourses, we all play a very important role in informing and shaping perceptions. Therefore, we invite you to join us to counteract negative attitudes and behaviours towards migrants, to create awareness about the risks of human rights violations and many other difficulties they face, and to recognise the contribution that diversity has in our current societies and the active role that individuals and groups of different ethnic, cultural or racial minorities play in local development.
This initiative aims to promote culture and support cinema at a time when the COVID-19 crisis has heavily impacted the sector.
We believe this film festival is a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity in Europe, to present previews of films or a selection of movies little known to the public, and, through storytelling, to contribute to the creation of an evidence-based debate and narrative about migration.
To make this event successful, we are seeking support from organisations like yours! We are very hopeful that you will extend your generous support to our festival by sharing this invitation with your network.
For more info visit the website of the MAX Diversity Film Festival https://www.maxfilmfest.eu/
Discover our jury members!
- Assunta Corbo, an expert journalist in solutions journalism
- César Diaz, film director, scriptwriter and editor
- Sophie Roland, film director and expert journalist in solutions journalist
- Yakup Uzun, actor, producer and scriptwriter
- Lidija Zelovic, producer, researcher, film director and scriptwriter.
- Sylvia leFanu, writer, film director
- Tim de Keersmaecker, former psychiatric nurse and film director
- Sahim Omar Kalifa, film director and member of the Academy Awards ‘The Oscars’
- Umit Vurel, Video producer, director, cameraman, editor, actor.
- Toby Johnson, journalist, social economy expert and co-ordinator of the MAX project