Diversity & Equity

The DFF is part of the large-scale model program 360° – Fund for Cultures of the New Urban Society of the Federal Cultural Foundation, which supports 39 cultural institutions nationwide in opening up interculturally and reaching out to people who have not been reached before. In order to achieve this goal, an outreach manager and a diversity manager have been working as 360° agents at the DFF since June 2019.

Under the guidance of the 360° agents, the DFF is taking a close look at its staff, programming and audience outreach. By actively engaging staff in the process, the DFF is setting the stage for sustainable change toward a more open house.

Employees from all departments at the DFF work in regular working groups on diversity and inclusion issues; receive training on staffing, discrimination, LGBTIQ, anti-bias, racism, plain language, and framing; and expand the house’s programming with online exhibitions, film series, and workshops.

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goEast: Film Festivals in Times of Conflict

DFF Diversity Manager Rabih El-Khoury and goEast Film Festival Director Heleen Gerritsen talk about issues related to diversity and inclusion and what role film festivals can play in times of conflict.

Panel Discussion // New European Diversity Film Initiatives

Panel Discussion // New European Diversity Film Initiatives

»Are emerging diversity and inclusion initiatives enough to make the European film industry more inclusive?«
With Rabih El-Khoury (DFF)


Southern Lights Film Series – 2021

The second edition of the film series, which ran from November 4 to 9, 2021, was dedicated to films from the Global South that revolved around the subject matter of mobility.

Made in Bangladesh (4)

Southern Lights Film Series – 2020

The first edition of the Southern Lights film series, which ran from October 29 to November 2, 2020, was dedicated to the cinema of the Global South with a focus on the perspectives of young people.


Online Poster Exhibition “The Exotic, the Daring”

The online exhibition presents silent film posters from the 1920s from the DFF archive and takes a closer look at racist and sexist stereotypes. A project of the 360° team and the museum education staff.

Skyline Frankfurt

DFF Podcast: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion

The DFF podcast “Everything is Film” regularly features episodes on topics related to diversity & equity. Most episodes are in German.

Photo Gallery


The opening of the DFF to the diverse urban society and the sustainable structural reorganization in the areas of personnel policy, exhibition and event planning, and audience appeal is a long process that the entire team is expected to support. Through participation in working groups and training, the entire team will be sensitized to diversity issues. The measures defined by the Diversity working groups will be implemented step by step to ensure that the DFF remains a vibrant, open place for film culture.

The 360° Program

With the program “360° – Fund for Cultures of the New Urban Society,” the Federal Cultural Foundation supports cultural institutions in their efforts to deal more intensively with migration and cultural diversity and to create new access and visibility for previously underrepresented groups. To this end, the model program promotes a variety of approaches that aim to open up to diversity in the areas of programming, the audience, and the staff.