Call: Making festival work fair
This year DOK Leipzig will be a meeting point for festival workers from all over Germany. The "Festival Work" initiative is committed to bringing film festival employees into contact with each other and creating fair working conditions at festivals. DOK Leipzig Head of Film Programme Grit Lemke was involved in setting up the initiative, as were Alexandra Hertwig (Kassel Documentary Film Festival), Andrea Kuhn (Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival) and Ludwig Sporrer (DOK.fest Munich).
With nearly 400 professional film festivals in Germany alone, they constitute a labour market sector all of their own; festivals are significant employers and contractors. However, many festival employees have to do their job in precarious conditions; the legal situation is unclear.
The initiative calls for the following, among other points:
"The development of a diverse festival scene, whose importance within the film industry, as a location factor too, cannot be overstated, would not have been possible without the work - and above all the self-exploitation! – of thousands of festival workers. It is essential that we make this fact clear to festival sponsors in particular, since their contributions are in many cases only accorded in a project-specific way and do not adequately cover the core areas of festival work. The founders of the initiative see a need for action in the following areas: fair remuneration, social security, network development, creation of a database or online job market.
You can read the complete statement here: www.festivalarbeit.de
Register for the festival workers' meeting on 4th Nov. in Leipzig here: firstname.lastname@example.org
DOK Leipzig can make free accreditations available to a limited number of participants.