ICFR* stands side by side with Turkey’s film community, Editors Association, and Cinema & Television Union in demanding the release of the Turkish film editor Erhan Örs who has been held in Silivri Prison since his detention on 3 June 2022.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk, in co-operation with La Biennale di Venezia, announces two initiatives at the 79th Venice International Film Festival to demonstrate solidarity with the directors, filmmakers and artists who have been arrested or imprisoned around the world over the past year, with the purpose of raising awareness of their situation in the media, with governments and international humanitarian organisations.
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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