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Mission Statement

With the collaborative project we want to contribute to a more innovative, inclusive and diverse higher education landscape in film and media study programmes.

To this end, we have been working on a "Diversity in Film and Media" toolkit targeted at film schools to assist educators and students. is a collaborative research project aiming to contribute to a more innovative, inclusive and diverse film and media higher education environment – both on- and offline.

One of the aims of the project is to develop a “Diversity in Film and Media” toolkit that helps educators and students to navigate between various theories and practices. Narratives, audiovisual representations, films and digital media strongly affect our understanding and interpretation of the social world. Given the gender inequality and the lack of diversity in contemporary film and media production a reassessment of the possibilities of education at European film schools is pressing.

To create more inclusive and diverse practices of film and media production, film schools must rethink their curricula and their teaching practices. Institutional whiteness, occupational gender segregation, or educational inequity stemming from students’ social backgrounds are some of the problems that point to the need for a more inclusive model of higher education. New, inclusive, gender- and diversity-aware practices of both online and offline teaching play a vital role in creating equal opportunities for diverse groups of students.

With the toolkit, we encourage you to reflect on how the topic of diversity in film and media can be incorporated into your existing curricula.

 The toolkit contains several elements:

1. Literature review focusing on:

  • the most recent studies on diversity and inclusion in the film and media industries, so that film schools can adequately determine where the biggest gaps on the subject are;
  • strategies on teaching and practicing diversity within film schools.

2. Tools,

3. Glossaries,

4. Case studies,

5. Best practices.

The material on this website is published as an open source resource.


The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union within the call for “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness”. The joint project brings together three European film and art schools, namely ifs internationale filmschule köln (DE), Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design (HU) and Universidade Lusófona (PT).