Danish film industry joining forces to improve work environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT. Eleven organisations from the Danish film and theatre industries recently agreed to work together to ensure a good psychological working environment on theatre, film and TV productions. The effort comes on top of a number of initiatives in recent years to increase gender equality in Danish film.

In light of the public focus in recent weeks on the working environment and inappropriate behaviour in the Danish film industry, the Danish Actors Association and the Danish Producers Association recently held a meeting to launch a cross-cutting partnership. A task force will now draft a code of conduct and set out a plan for efforts now and for long-term, preventive measures. 

The Danish Film Institute is among the 11 organisations that have agreed to ensure a good psychological working environment on theatre, film and TV productions. Newly appointed CEO Claus Ladegaard says: 

"The global #MeToo movement has turned a spotlight on sexual harassment and sexual assault in general. An enormous change is occurring, which is helping to prompt a positive development towards ensuring a safe atmosphere and a working environment where inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment are an absolute no go." 

Ladegaard adds: 

"In recent years, the Danish Film Institute and the industry in partnership have launched a number of initiatives to correct the gender imbalance in Danish film. The recent attention on inappropriate behaviour is foregrounding the necessity of a joint focus on the psychological working environment, and the Film Institute looks forward to working in partnership with the industry organisations on these crucial matters."

The 11 organisations in the partnership consist of:

The respective organisations of Danish Producers, Actors, Film & TV professionals, Production Designers, Film Directors, Theatre Directors, Dramatists as well as the two theatre associations TIO and DTF, the Funding Committee for Performing Arts and the Danish Film Institute.