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 and award will take place over several months in 2021. After a call for participants and preselection by a jury during the Spring-Summer period, the public will be able to watch the film selection through an online platform and vote for their favourite one per category in October. After the voting, MAXDFF will announce the winners during an Award ceremony taking place in November, which will count with 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.
How can you participate and support this initiative?
If you are an amateur or professional filmmaker interested in raising awareness of social and political issues related to the migration phenomenon or the beauty and contribution of diversity in Europe - this event is for you!
The MAXDFF is an open event, free of charge, whose main goal is to give filmmakers a platform to disseminate their work, to embrace and celebrate diversity and to raise awareness of the very different stories, realities, challenges and opportunities around migration.
Your work will be reviewed by a jury of experts, will be disseminated to a large audience through a broad communication campaign and will receive international recognition. In addition, you will qualify for one of our MAXDFF Awards!
Check out the different categories and conditions of participation in the section WHO CAN APPLY below
- More information will be available at www.maxamif.eu very soon, get ready and start to submit your materials here from 28 May to 20 August here: https://filmfreeway.com/MAXDivesityFilmFestival
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