We were always there!
We demand that ARTE finally tackles structural change instead of declaring a sexist competition.

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After the release of the competion “Searching for female directors“.

Pary El-Qalqili and Biene Pilavci from NichtmeinTatort  published their open letter to ARTE.

We founded our network #wewarenimmerda (#wewerealwaysthere) and composed this video letter:

Letter

Dear ARTE editorial team,

we know a lot about you: For decades, ARTE has shown a pleasantly rich program on numerous screens. But: who are we, the directors*? You obviously don’t know what we need or want. There is hardly any other way of explaining your latest call for proposals, “Searching for female directors” (German).

According to the dictionary, the term ”search” means “the effort to find someone or something lost or hidden.” But we are not hidden or lost. We present ourselves at film festivals, pitchings and screenings.

We are present!

And now we should compete against each other in a show for you? We are to produce films free of charge that – if they win the competition – are shown on ARTE. The chosen ones should receive a license fee that has not yet been determined. In our experience, these payments don’t even cover production costs.

Admittedly, we are used to pre-finance and having to prove ourselves. Before that, people – and too often women – rarely trust us. This time, too, some will get into the ring without pay.

But: We don’t want to compete against each other. We are on strike! 

We also don’t feel like having to explain ourselves and our womanhood! Women directors, but also male directors*, can deal with topics regardless of their gender. In addition, modern feminism has been trying to
break down binary gender categories for decades.

A little thought experiment: Imagine a competition for male directors on the subject of “Indescribably Male”! And? What do you see? Irritating, isn’t it?

Your appeal does not solve a structural problem, it reinforces it!

This structural problem is well known: the diversity report from 2018 (German) shows that women directors are not even close to being adequately represented in the film and television industry. And this even though more than 50% of the film school graduates are women.

“Why is this reality not showing up on the screens so far?” You ask. Good question! For 50 years, women* have been studying at German film schools. They had to be content with low-budget projects and claim against the prejudice that women are not as creative as men.

You say you are looking forward to “lots of new talent”. Pay tribute to our talent with slots, not only one 52 minutes slot. In 2020 we also call for a concrete plan for the integration of BIPoCs, trans women* and non-binary people.

The fact that there is currently not a single woman* on the ARTE board or in the twelve-person general meeting seems like a bad joke (German). You want equality? Start right there. We are not responsible for resolving this structural problem for you.

If you no longer want to miss our clever films and strong stories,
tackle the structural change – also as a pioneer for other broadcasters!

Don’t take a detour via a short film competition that has nothing to do with long broadcast slots. Approach it directly: Post pitchings for ARTE themed evenings and for the Grand Format. For all directors alike. Gender equality and the elimination of multiple discrimination start with the selection of the substances and the makers. That is YOUR job.

Dare to be at eye level: break the hierarchy between you and us! Understand this letter our approach towards you.

You don’t have to look for us.
We were always there!

Initiators: Annelie Boros, director and screenwriter, Lara Milena Brose, director, Vera Drude, director and screenwriter, Narges Kalhor, director and screenwriter, Laura Kansy, director and cameraperson, Sabrina Kleder, producer, Mara Molitor, filmmaker, Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez, director, Benedikt Schwarzer, screenwriter and director, Elizaveta Snagovskaia, director, Rebecca Zehr, director

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Supporters

The following persons co-signed the letter.

Alice Agneskirchner
Autorin, Regisseurin, Produzentin

Aydin Alinejad
Drehbuchautor

Clara von Arnim
Regisseurin

Daniel Asadi Faezi
Regisseur und Autor

Amparo mejías Auñon
Filmeditor

Sophie Averkamp
Regisseurin

Beatrice Babin
Editorin

Lea Becker
Autorin, Regisseurin

Clemens Beier
Regisseur

Corinna Belz
Regisseurin und Autorin

Karin Berghammer
Regisseurin und Produzentin

Bernd Blaschke
Autor

Gabi Blum
Bildende Künstlerin

Cornelia Böhm
Sounddesignerin

Svenja Böttger
Leiterin Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Annelie Boros
Regisseurin und Autorin

Ina Borrmann
Regisseurin, Drehbuchautorin & Produzentin

Sarah Noa Bozenhardt
Autorin und Regisseurin

Silke Botsch
Editorin

Nancy Brandt
Autorin, Regisseurin

Jenny Bräuer
Autorin und Kamerafrau

Lara Brose
Regisseurin

Vera Maria Brückner
Regisseurin

Hannes Bruun
Filmeditor

Eileen Byrne
Regisseurin

Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
Regisseurin

Yannik Carstensen
HFF-Student

Ella Cieslinski
Filmemacherin

Sonja Collison
Autorin / Creative Producerin

Jule Katinka Cramer
Bildgestalterin und Filmemacherin

Prof. Doris Dörrie
Autorin und Regisseurin

Vera Drude
Regisseurin und Autorin

Jonas Eisenschmidt
Regisseur und Kameramann

Zita Erffa
Regisseurin und Autorin

Ysabel Fantou
Autorin, Regisseurin, Produzentin

Katja Fedulova
Regisseurin und Autorin

Julia Fuhr Mann
Regisseurin und Autorin

Inka Fromme
Dozentin für Drehbuchreiben und Filmdramaturgie

Miriam Goeze
Regisseurin

Alireza Golafshan
Regisseur und Autor

Andreas Goldbrunner
Tonmeister

Gudrun Gruber
Regisseurin und Autorin

David Hacke
Regisseur

Louis Hanquet
Regisseur und Kameramann

Laura Hartung
Producer

Juliane Henrich
Filmemacherin

Christiane Hitzemann
Filmemacherin

David Holfelder
Editor

Monika Huber
Künstlerin

Marina Hufnagel
Regisseurin und Autorin

Nicole Huminski
Regiestudentin

Natalia Imaz
Produzentin

Nadja Ißler
Regisseurin und Autorin

Hannah Jandl
Regisseurin

Narges Kalhor
Regisseurin und Autorin

Laura Kansy
Regisseurin und Kamerafrau

Toni Karat
Filmemacher*in

Barbara Karrer
Künstlerin

Emil Klattenhoff
Regisseur

Sabrina Kleder
Producerin

Felix Klee
Autor und Regisseur

Lena Knauss
Regisseurin

Sabine Koder
Regisseurin und Autorin

Mona Vojacek Koper
Schauspielerin

Therese Koppe
Autorin und Regisseurin

Pauline Kortmann
Animationsfilmerin

Amrei Kriener
Autorin

Jenny Krüger
Festivalleiterin

Prof. Michaela Krützen
Medienwissenschaftlerin

Sanne Kurz
Filmemacherin und Rundfunkrätin

Dr. Hanne Landbeck
Schreibcoach

Lara Laigneau
Regisseurin/Kamerafrau

Tina Leeb
Produzentin, Dramaturgin und Auswertungsberaterin

Theresa Maué
Kamerafrau

Annika Mayer
Produzentin und Editorin

Reza Memari
Autor und Regisseur

Ozan Mermer
Autor und Regisseur

Henrike Meyer
Filmemacherin

Elisa Mishto
Regisseurin und Drehbuchautorin

Mara Molitor
Filmemacherin

Andrea Muñoz
Editorin

Carla Muresan
Kamerafrau

Sylvia Nagel
Autorin, Filmemacherin, Produzentin

Miriam Nandi
Dozentin

Dorotheé Neff
Schauspielerin und Autorin

Le Nguyen
Regisseurin

Lena Ditte Nissen
Filmemacherin

Sophie Oldenbourg
Editorin

Stefan Oliveira-Pita
Filmeditor

Mirjam Orthen
Regisseurin und Autorin

Dino Osmanovic
Kameramann

Amara Palacios
Producerin

Anne-Christin Plate
Animationsfilmerin

Corinna C. Poetter
Autorin, Dramaturgin und Produzentin

Miriam Pucitta
Autorin Regisseurin

Biene Pilavci
Autorin und Filmemacherin

Sandra Prüfer
Autorin

Pary El-Qalqili
Autorin und Regisseurin

Katharina Rabl
Regisseurin

Lawinia Rate
Kuratorin und Filmprogrammerin

Nina Rathke
Producerin/Drehbuchautorin

Paula Redlefsen
Drehbuchautorin

Liza Reichardt
Drehbuchautorin

Maya Reichert
Regisseurin und Filmvermittlerin

Laura Reichwald
Autorin und Regisseurin

Annegret Richter
Geschäftsführerin AG Animationsfilm und Filmkuratorin

Denise Riedmayr
Filmemacherin

Pauline Roenneberg
Autorin & Regisseurin

Sabine Rollberg
ehem. ARTE-Redakteurin und Professorin

Janina Rook
Autorin und Regisseurin

Jessica Rudolph
Filmeditorin

Stefan Runge
Bildgestaltung

Sinem Sakaoglu
Regisseurin

Helke Sander
Regisseurin und Autorin

Aline Schaefers
Produzentin

Anja Scharf
Drehbuchautorin

Kyra Scheurer
Dramaturgin

Viktor Schimpf
Filmemacher

Julia Schmitt
Editorin

Anna Schneider
Regisseurin und Autorin

Christine Schorr
Filmeditorin

Silke Cecilia Schultz
Drehbuchautorin und Dramaturgin

Benedikt Schwarzer
Autor und Regisseur

Céline Schweda
Kunstpädagogin

Britta Schwem
Autorin

Johanna Seggelke
Filmemacherin

Satu Siegemund
Regisseurin

Helen Simon
Regisseurin

Elizaveta Snagovskaia
Regisseurin

Felicitas Sonvilla
Regisseurin und Editorin

Caroline Spreitzenbart
Kamerafrau

Rosanna Stark
Kamerafrau

Helga-Mari Steininger
Autorin und Producerin

Susanne Steinmassl
Regisseurin und Videokünstlerin

Thomas Stellmach
Regisseur und Produzent

Clara Stern
Drehbuchautorin und Regisseurin

Lisa Marie Stoiber
Schauspielerin

Julia Swoboda
Kamerafrau

Daniel Thomé
Autor

Hélène Tragesser
Regisseurin für Animationsfilm

Stella Traub
Regisseurin

Paula Tschira
Kamerafrau

Trang Vo
Regisseurin

Lisa Voelter
Regisseurin und Kamerafrau

Benjamin Vornehm
Regisseur und Producer

Carlotta Wachotsch
Regisseurin

Julia Walter
Regisseurin & Drehbuchautorin

Nina Wesemann
Regisseurin und Kamerafrau

Alexandra Wesolowski
Regisseurin und Autorin

Hannes Wesselkämper
Filmwissenschaftler und Kurator

Wouter Wirth
Autor und Regisseur

Maite Woköck
Produzentin & Geschäftsführerin

Rebecca Zehr
Regisseurin

Milian Zerzawy
Schauspieler

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Autorin und Kuratorin

Laura-Johanne Zimmermann
Producerin

Mila Zhluktenko
Regisseurin

Iris Zimmermann
Filmemacherin

Marie Zrenner
Regisseurin und Editorin

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