Diversity in Cannes? An Insiders Perspective
By: Nikoleta Morales
Conceived by US Event Producer and Entertainment Publicist, Yolonda Brinkley, Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is an independent global filmmaker movement promoting diversity and inclusion at the Cannes Film Festival. The ultimate goals are to expand the international network of globally diverse filmmakers, to encourage beyond borders thinking when strategizing to produce, finance and distribute their films and to share filmmaking trends in an effort to change diverse filmmakers’ status from mere festival attendees to power players in the global film industry.
Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is the only diversity initiative of its kind held during the Festival de Cannes. Since its 2010 inception, the Symposium has overflowed with power networking, group discussions and idea sharing. It serves as a strategy session for diverse minds seeking to enhance the visibility of their projects and to increase filmmaking opportunities beyond international and traditional borders. The event has announced to the Festival de Cannes and the international film community that the diverse voice has stories to tell, which will be shared by any means necessary.
Cultured Focus met with the founder Yolonda Brinkley to discuss her motivation for creating the event, what she hopes to accomplish with the program and what the future holds for Diversity in Cannes. Viewers will get a firsthand account from a
Cannes Film Festival veteran who has been in the trenches for the last decade. Her unique perspective will provide insight to those from diverse backgrounds hoping to find a space and a platform to flourish within the film industry.
Diversity in Cannes is making a positive impact at the Festival de Cannes. The Symposium provides a platform for filmmakers across the globe to shine the light on their own accomplishments rather than wait for validation from others. The forum encourages dialogue amongst emerging filmmakers willing to think outside the box and beyond borders for opportunities to develop, finance and distribute their films.
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