The Coalition responds to cases of persecution or threats to the personal safety or liberty of filmmakers at risk as a result of their work and will defend their right to continue their work, by mobilizing the international film community.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) remains extremely disturbed by continued reports of arrests of filmmakers in Iran and demands an end to a growing environment of fear and insecurity in which filmmakers live and work.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) calls for the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release film producer Çiğdem Mater.
On Monday, 25 April 2022, Çiğdem Mater was sentenced to 18 years in prison, together with six co-defendants, in what Amnesty International describes as “a travesty of justice of spectacular proportions”. The main accusation against Çiğdem is that she was trying to raise financing for a documentary project about the Gezi Park movement – a film which was never made.
Founded by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the European Film Academy, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk’s mission is to advocate for and to act in solidarity with filmmakers at risk. The Coalition acts in cases of persecution or threats to the personal safety of these filmmakers and will defend their right to continue their work, by mobilising the international film community.
The unconditional support of filmmakers is the best support a filmmaker at risk can get. If there could be an institution representing all the world’s famous and respected filmmakers, they could then at any time, support actively and efficiently any filmmaker in danger.
Jafar Panahi, filmmaker, Iran
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