The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) organised two initiatives at the 52nd edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (25 Jan - 5 Feb) to demonstrate solidarity with the filmmakers who have been arrested or imprisoned around the world over the past year, to signal the need for the world of cinema to mobilise and to discuss possible actions that the international community can concretely undertake to help them.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out.
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.
Artistic freedom is not a privilege – it is a human right. Standing in solidarity with our filmmaking colleagues and friends around the world, being deprived of their creative freedom has to be our honorable duty. Those who dare to risk their professional career and personal life for democracy and truth deserve our full respect and support.
Helen Mirren, actress, UK
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