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) 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.
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.
The last weeks have seen a wave of arrests amongst the filmmaking and artistic communities in Tehran, with the iron grip of repression tightening itself around a courageous and growing number of individuals who have chosen to protest against a wide range of issues. This has been crystallised in recent days around the protesting against the disproportionate violence towards civilian protestors.
The Iranian authorities have arrested Mohamad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad over an appeal they posted on social media speaking out against the unproportionate repression of civil protestors. Jafar Panahi has then been arrested as he was protesting the detention of his colleagues at Tehran’s Evin prison.
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.
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