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.
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.