The DFF is part of the large-scale model program 360° – Fund for New City Cultures of the Federal Cultural Foundation, which supports 39 cultural institutions nationwide in opening up interculturally and reaching out to people that have typically not been addressed in the past. 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 examines closely how it can best reflect society’s diversity in its staff, programming and audience engagement. The active involvement of the DFF staff in the process creates the preconditions for sustainable changes on the way to opening the house further to hitherto underrepresented groups.
Staff members from all departments of the DFF work in regular meetings on topics related to diversity, inclusion and equity, further their understanding with regard to human resources, discrimination, LGBTIQ, anti-bias, racism, plain language and framing, and expand the program of the house with online exhibitions, film series and workshops.
The opening of the DFF to more diverse communities and the sustainable structural re-organisation in the areas of staff policy, exhibition and event planning as well as addressing the public are a long process that the entire team is expected to support. The measures set out in the Diversity Working Group are to be successively implemented to ensure that the DFF remains a lively, open place for film culture.
The 360° Program
With the program 360° – Fund for New City Cultures, the Federal Cultural Foundation supports cultural institutions in dealing more concretely with migration and cultural diversity and in creating new access and visibility for groups in society that have not been adequately reached so far. To this end, the model program promotes a variety of approaches aimed at diversity-related openness in the areas of programming, audience and staff.