The Coalition is a joint collaboration between three founding partners:
European Film Academy
Founded in 1989, the European Film Academy unites 4,200 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. Throughout the year, the European Film Academy initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. These activities culminate in the annual presentation of the European Film Awards
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
IDFA is the largest and most important documentary film festival in the world. It has grown consistently over the course of its 32-year history, annually attracting over 300.000 visits and welcoming over 3.000 professional documentary guests to the festival.
International Film Festival Rotterdam
With nearly 330,000 admissions and over 2,400 film professionals attending (over 320 of whom are filmmakers), IFFR is one of the largest audience- and industry-driven film festivals in the world. IFFR will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021.
Although these three partners will spearhead the initiative, the Coalition actively welcomes other partners, representing film institutions in different parts of the world, to join.
In order to effectively coordinate the response to filmmakers in need, strategic partners are essential. The Coalition will closely collaborate with an international network of strategic partners, who will be consulted in the case of emergency requests and asked for help in assessing cases or taking further action:
- International film networks, such as film festivals, filmmakers associations, professional film networks and film publicity agencies.
- Affiliated NGO’s, such as PEN International, PEN’s Artists at Risk Connection, ICORN, Freemuse and the Martin Roth Initiative.
- International human rights networks, such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Front Line Defenders, Lawyers for Lawyers etc.
- Ambassadors: The Coalition will also work with ambassadors – such as prominent filmmakers and actors - from all corners of the world, who are committed to the cause and willing to represent the film community whenever a situation requires their support.
This project has been made possible, in part, by a grant from The Netherland-America Foundation.