The TEDDY Talks 2021

All of these free and public events will be streamed live via teddyaward.tv/live.
Missed an event? No worries: All talks and panels will also be linkeduploaded on Vimeoafter the event.

TIMETABLE

MONDAY March 1, 2021

14.00 THE SITUATION ROOM
Zsombor Bobák in conversation with Michael Stütz, Head of Panorama
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE

16.00 A DIRECTORS EXCHANGE: our role in writing queer history
Milica Tomović, director of Kelti, Monika Treut, director of Genderation and Eliane Raheb, director of Miguel’s War each take a unique approach to moments of queer history in their films, that not only look back but also forward to what that documentation in time means for our future. Each filmmaker deals with either social, personal or political aspects of (queer) history and sheds a light on- and changes/creates a queer narrative. How specific/individual and self-reflexive are those different approaches and do they, besides portraying of queer protagonists, offer universal options of life in opposition to heteronormativity?
Panelists: Eliane Raheb, Milica Tomović, Monika Treut
Host: Kristian Petersen
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE

Panelists: Eliane Raheb, Milica Tomović, Monika Treut

TUESDAY March 2, 2021

14.00 THE SITUATION ROOM
Zsombor Bobák in conversation with filmmakers, festival organizers and producers 
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH IN TWO PARTS HERE: Part 1 and Part 2

16.00 TEDDY Talk – From Live to Dial Up Content: Queer Films Festival Trajectories after moving online
With global lockdowns forcing many queer film festivals to adapt a community event that is made to bring people together, to one without a physical community. How has the path changed for Queer Film Festivals? In order to reflect on how this affected our audiences, our filmmakers and our organizations, an evaluation is required. Did having a wider online presence bring in more viewers and how does the introduction of online screening platforms influence the future of Queer Festival Programming? With the large network of Queer Film Festivals being often the sole distribution for many films, does the element of an online screening modify this network and will this platform be an integral part of our future?
Panelists: Skadi Loist, Nick McCarthy, Sridhar Rangayan, Sylva Häutle, Muffin Hix, Jay Lin
Host: Bartholomew Sammut
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: Jay Lin, Muffin Hix, Nick McCarthy, Skadi Loist, Sridhar Rangayan, Sylva Häutle

WEDNESDAY March 3, 2021

14.00 THE SITUATION ROOM
Zsombor Bobák in conversation with filmmakers, festival organizers and producers 
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH IN TWO PARTS HERE: Part 1 and Part 2

16.00 TEDDY Talk – A look back to the future: Distribution Strategies in the wake of a Pandemic
Looking back at a number of films that celebrated their premiers at the 70th Berlinale and how their distribution path changed in the wake of covid, global lockdowns and online festivals. From short films to features and documentaries, we speak with Producer Paulina Lorenz, Director Ray Yeung plus industry professionals María Vera from Kino Rebelde, Björn Koll from Salzgeber and Martin Gondre from Best Friend Forever to see how their initial plans changed after the Berlinale. What were the challenges and how did these film teams come together to navigate a strategy when making any sort of plans seemed impossible.
Panelists: Paulina Lorenz, Ray Yeung, María Vera, Björn Koll, Martin Gondre

Host: Merle Groneweg
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: Björn Koll, María Vera, Martin Gondre, Paulina Lorenz, Ray Yeung

THURSDAY March 4, 2021

14.00 TEDDY SPECIAL – #ACTOUT AND BEYOND
Panel discussion of the Queer Media Society on visibility of queer actors in the media and in the public.
Panelists: Maren Kroymann, Mehmet Sözer, Nicola-Rabea Langrzik, Peter Schulze, Karimah El-Giamal
Host: Johannes Kram

THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: Maren Kroymann, Mehmet Sözer, Nicola-Rabea Langrzik, Peter Schulze, Karimah El-Giamal

16.00 TEDDY Talk – Building A Nurturing Work Environment for Queer BIPOC Industry Executives
The film industry can be a minefield for those embodying intersectional identities. 2020 saw a myriad of public commitments to equity and inclusion, but what work has been done internally to ensure that these organizations are equipped to be safe spaces for their LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous and POC staff and artists? Taking a queer lens to Iyabo Boyd’s provocation to Build A BIPOC Power Pipeline, this Teddy Talk invites industry stakeholders to share their insights on the barriers we face when it comes to succeeding in our roles and advancing our careers.
Panelists: Bianca Quesada, Masashi Niwano, Campbell X, Andrea Coloma, Sekiya Dorsett

Host: Lucy Mukerjee
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: Bianca Quesada, Masashi Niwano, Campbell X, Andrea Coloma, Sekiya Dorsett

18.00 Queer Your Program: Online Speedy Film Pitches
The annual two minute pitching sessions will be moving online and offered to filmmakers whose films are ready for distribution. Open to programmers, distributors and sales agents; join in to find potentially your next opening night film. 
Only for registered professionals. Please register here.
Host: Bartholomew Sammut

20.00 Queer Industry Reception goes Online
An annual gathering of industry professionals from the Queer Film Industry, from filmmakers to programmers, to distributors and sales agents. What normally happens in person with a wine in hand and nametags plastered on your shirt, this friendly networking event will now happen online. We shall once again come together as a community, connect and network, chat about the year we had, the films we look forward to and also to have a little drink and a touch of gaiety.
Only for registered professionals. Please register here.
Host: Bartholomew Sammut

FRIDAY March 5, 2021

14.00 TEDDY SPECIAL – Invisible Threat – Similarities and Disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Two global public health crises, two invisible threats to human life. But in what ways compare the COVID-19 pandemic and the HIV/AIDS epidemic? What are the most striking differences? Is it ethical at all to compare the two? And what role can cinema and filmmakers play in tackling the harshest of realities brought by these viruses? Where do their responsibilities and political power lie? A conversation about visibility, power, trauma, memory, and film activism.
Panelists: Wieland Speck, John Greyson, Dr. Alexandra Juhasz
Host: Zsombor Bobák
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: Wieland Speck, John Greyson, Dr. Alexandra Juhasz

16.00 TEDDY Talk – Queering Common Space
A Debate on Visibility, (Un-)Safe Urban Spaces and the Everyday Archive with POLIGONAL Office for Urban Communication and guests In what ways are queerness and queer practices represented in urban everyday life? Is visibility the key to a more inclusive urban future? In the discourse on what kind of city we want to live in queer narratives tend to be underrepresented – with crucial voices remaining unheard. To discuss the power of archiving this talk brings together protagonists from the project QUEERING COMMON SPACE – a digital living archive collecting visual and acoustic representations and documentations of queer memories, encounters and stories from common (un-)safe spaces in the cities of Tbilisi and Berlin.
Panelists: Liz Rosenfeld, David Apakidze, Nini Goderidze, Nancy Naser Al Deen, Tzeshi Lei
Host: Christian Haid, Lukas Staudinger
THIS TALK IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE


Panelists: David Apakidze, Tzeshi Lei, Nancy Naser Al Deen, Nini Goderidze, Liz Rosenfeld

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