In 2019, the ifs hosted the second part of the GEECT conference “Embracing Diversity in European Film Schools” in Cologne. In lectures and workshops, the conference focused on the question of how film schools can and should deal with topics such as cultural and social diversity, migration, demographic change and gender justice – both in research and teaching and in the cinematic work of students. After the first part of the conference at the Nederlandse Filmacademie in Amsterdam was about taking stock of European film schools, the focus of the Cologne conference was on how concrete changes can be implemented in curricula and university structures. Keynote speakers at the conference were Mark Terkessidis (author, journalist and migration researcher) and screenwriter and media artist Prof. Sylke Rene Meyer (California State University, LA).
Website of the conference: www.geect.diversityconference2019.com