The Ladima Foundation at Berlinale Africa Hub 2019
February 12, 2019

The Ladima Foundation at Berlinale Africa Hub 2019

The Ladima Foundation is honoured to have been invited to take part in this year’s Berlinale Africa Hub as part of the European Film Market at the Berlinale 2019, taking place from the 8th – 13th of February 2019.

The Ladima Foundation is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the EFM in connection with the Berlinale Africa Hub.

The Foundation’s Co-Founder, Lara Utian-Preston has been invited to present a short keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Berlinale Africa Hub on February 8th. Her speech will follow the Words of Welcome by Michelle Müntefering (Secretary of State for International Cultural Policy, German Federal Foreign Office). Tsitsi Dangarembga of the African Women Filmmakers Hub, Zimbabwe will also present a keynote at the Opening.

During this speech, Lara will take the opportunity to announce a number of initiatives and partnerships that will be rolled out by the Ladima Foundation in 2019.

Edima Otuokon, the other Co-Founder of the Ladima Foundation will then take part in a panel discussion,

Interconnectivity, Self-Empowerment and Inclusive Network Building of African Women Film Professionals.  This Africa Hub Talk will focus on network building through online repertories and will foreground the strategies, organizations and individuals that aim at creating a self-empowering, self-enabling inclusive network of African women film professionals.

Panelists will include:

Tsitsi Dangarembga (AWFH, Zimbabwe)
Bongiwe Selane (Producer, South Africa)
Mmabatho Kau (Producer, South Africa)
Edima Otuokon (The Ladima Foundation, Nigeria)

Moderated by Katarina Hedrén (Goethe Institute, South Africa)

The full schedule of talks at the Berlinale Africa Hub can be found here: Africa Hub Talks

This Africa Hub Talk also forms part of the EFM’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative, led by Themba Bhebhe (Diversity & Inclusion – EFM).
Further details can be found at

The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organization founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major imbalances within the industry. Ladima aims to support women in a variety of roles within filmmaking, video production and related content development, through a range of projects and interventions.

Through partnerships and collaborations in various countries, as well as through Pan-African networks and projects, the Ladima Foundation is committed to developing training, networking, and related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to their craft.