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︎ AKE DIKHEA? Recognised as European Lighthouse


Producers Lisa Smith & Alica Sigmund Heráková projects Sites of Resistance (UK) & The Wolfs Hole (CZ) were selected as Fiction and Documentary Toolbox participants 2023. The initiative is jointly developed between European Film Market (EFM) and EFM Diversity & Inclusion.

Aimed at entry-to-mid level feature-length film producers or producing filmmakers the Doc & Fiction Toolbox Programmes are designed to endow creatives from marginalized and underrepresented groups with market intelligence, business tools and connections.

Alica Sigmund Heráková who participated with her fiction feature the Wolfs Hole said: As a producer from minority Romani background in Czech Republic, a country with still most likely “White” inhabitants, it is often hard to explain and represent different, marginalised voices within society. It was a relief to share, learn and gain knowledge in safe environment that the EFM team was able to created for the whole diverse group. It strengthened my ability to express and formulate the position I represent. I appreciate connections made and meetings we were able to attend with European Film professionals, I am building upon that. It was a great chance to meet peers from the field, get feedback on our project as well as create human connections. Last but not least, I observe my everyday work and even visions of what I do with a new perspective, which would not be possible to reach – without this experience.

Lisa Smith who also participated with her documentary feature Sites of Resistance said: “thank you to all of the incredible team behind this initiative for giving space for the project to go on to the next stage of its being. The film team is better equipped with more knowledge and tools to strengthen the potential of the project.”

The participation in the Doc & Fiction ToolBox programme is part of an ongoing partnership with the EFM Diversity and Inclusion & Avazya Film Professionals Network enabled by AKE DIKHEA? The International Festival of Romani Film Roma Trial e.V.