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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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Ted CHALMER pictured with his colleague Camilla Angelica BREGNER SKARSTAD (Overseas Marketing Assistant)  
 
Ted explained to us how he has consistently driven additional sales from clients he sometimes did not even know previously, which were driven by the blasts and sales picthes advertised in filmfestivals.com newsletters. "That's the reason I keep returning as a client at every big market" he told Bruno Chatelin today at his booth at the 1st floor of Mariott 119; he also shared his passion for documentaries...
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Ted Chalmers President Summer Hill Entertainment TomCat Films LLC EFM/Berlin from February 8 through 13.  Stand is Marriott Ballroom, #119.  Mobile phone is +1-623-476-9150       
 

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VIDEO FUN: Beki Probst shares with filmfestivals a hilarious true story from Dieter Kosslick

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Beki's french is impeccable. We hope you will enjoy and understand the crazy situation which Dieter Kosslick was in, one day when he made a speech to one siingle person in the room...and!  (click to watch the cliffhanger) :-)   ...
 
 

VIDEO: Dieter Kosslick joking: a roar of laughters

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Nothing like a good joke on film professionals. Thank you Dieter Kosslick. Check this one: "The german filmmaker trying to take a power breakfast meeting with an american buyer at AFM, an ending in the shower?."   ...

VIDEO : Filmfestivals in talk with Mediasalles review the 2018 figures and trends in cinema attendance, hickup we are told

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Hickup we are told!

2018 figures on admissions to European cinemas.  As you will probably remember, the 36 countries for which MEDIA Salles reported statistics revealed an overall dip of 3.9%, after a decidedly positive 2017. However, this hiccup did not affect all countries: positive or even record results were to be seen on a variety of territories, even with very different characteristics. If, on the one hand, experts in the sector are well aware that ...
 

Germaine McCormack-Kos looking for the right partners for The Paris Plot a thriller series based on 3 books

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Germaine McCormack-Kos is  in Berlin taking meetings with partners and searching for Co-producers for a trilogy thriller series - the first part THE PARIS PLOT has been published on Amazon (for which she has exclusive film rights) There are 3 novels and which will make a great series, the second and third novels are being written - the action takes place in PARIS/WASHINGTON/SPAIN and the main protagonist an intelligent beautiful woman is in all three novels.

The presskit attached gives a bio of her early days in film when she worked in script development for Sam Spiegel.
She Executive Produced the successful thriller BLACK WATER

Her last feature documentary WALK ON THE WILD SIDE is on Amazon and on iTunes.   

 

Look back at the Opening Night at Berlin 69

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By Alex Deleon
Dieter Kosslick's Departure after 18 years as festival topper continues to be the talk of the town and the opening film, "The Kindness of Strangers" was more kinky than kindly, not the best choice, to say the least.  (Haven't  I heard that song somewhere before?) The opening film of the festival is a prestige slot and usually goes to a filmmaker with a track record of awards at Berlin. This year the director was Lone Scherfig of Denmark,...
 
 
 

The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) will participate in the “Berlinale Africa Hub”

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Ethiopian Film Conference in Addis Ababa December 2018 with guest speakers Bernadette Schramm, Gary Springer, Dorothee Wennere (Berlin Film Festival), Keith Shiri (Artistic Director, Africa International Film Festival) and the 40 participants attending the conference THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGING FILM TALENT ASSOCIATION (IEFTA) COLLABORATES WITH THE BERLINALE AFRICA HUB TO PRESENT AND SUPPORT PANELS ON Encouraging Collaboration with Emerging Filmmakers & Ethiopia&rsquo...
 

 

Avant Premiere pre opening, a night at the Opera

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AVANT PREMIèRE KICK-OFF DRINKS ON 9 FEBRUARY Yesterday, Feb 9th Avant Premiere kicked off in style with a drinks reception and relaxed evening at the "Casino" - the canteen of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden hosted by Unitel + Staatsoper Unter den Linden    A visit a the Opera and a guided tour of all the extraordinary developments and opportunities created by the renovation of the Opera House. Since 2009, the Berlin State Opera has been undergoing considerable re...
 

 

Samia Zaman and Bruno Chatelin discussing projects in Bangladesh with a friendly bear

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Sami Zaman, a producer from Bangladesh and a regular in Cannes, where she works with Marco Orsini on The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA). On the occasion of her first visit to Berlinale Samia and filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin discussed joint efforts to promote her projects under her IFIB organisation (International Film Initiative of Bangladesh) Through various initiatives such as workshops, symposiums, exhibitions and meetings at home and abroad, IFIB will prepare t...
 

 

VIDEO: a chat with the the Roskino CEO during her Reception in Berlin

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Ekaterina Mzituridze, CEO Roskino  We were very happy to sit down at the Aldon Kempiski with Ekaterina Mtsituridze ROSKINO CEO a women with many hats and talents: Film Expert, Channel One presenter, Editor-in-Chief of Variety Russia magazine, author of the concept and general producer of the St. Petersburg International Media Market - SPMMF.     Ekaterina graduated from the history and film studies faculties of Tbilisi State University. "This is a movie" in the ...
 

 

Packed house for Fatih Akin: The Golden Glove press conference

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(Jonas Dassler and Fatih Akin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Many journalists were grumbling as they chatted with one another about their first impressions of Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin's Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), which runs in competition this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. It seems that some felt that there was unnecessary gore and violence with a plot that was not that substantial. That makes me wo...
 
 

System Crasher in review: Amazing ! Forget about all other contenders

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Nine year old actress Helena Zengel in her fourth film World Premiere screening Viewed at Berlinale Palast, Friday 15:30. (Original title refers to someone who breaks all the rules wantonly)   Amazing ! Forget about all other contenders. by Alex Deleon for filmfestivals.com In my book this tremendous study of a very troubled child and various concerned  adults who are trying to save  this lovable but uncontrollable kid from self destruction should easily take Best F... 
 

Press Conference - System Crasher's fantastic cast and crew

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(Nora Fingscheidt and Helena Zengel, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The amazing cast and crew of Systemsprenger (System Crasher), running in Competition at this year's Berlinale, were clearly overjoyed while attending the photo-call and press conference for their remarkable film directed by Nora Fingscheidt. One would never expect that this is her first narrative feature film. She's made a name for herself with directing documentary films....
 
 

Sam de Jong Debuts First Look at Future Star Goldie World Premiere at the Berlinale This Sunday

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 Sam de Jong has released the first clip from his latest feature Goldie, premiering this weekend at the Berlinale in the Generation 14plus program.  With Goldie, Dutch director Sam de Jong has delivered a real New York film: raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude.   Goldie, a precocious teenager livin...
 

 

Norway, Country in Focus – programme for Friday Feb 9th During the European Film Market (EFM) from Friday Feb...

 

Actress CEMRE EBÜZZIYA Set For World Premiere in Emin Alper's "Kız Kardeşler" ("A Tale of Three Sisters")

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Actress CEMRE EBÜZZIYA Set For 69th Berlin International Film Festival World Premiere of Her Leading Role in Acclaimed  Director Emin Alper's "Kız Kardeşler" ("A Tale of Three Sisters") Actress CEMRE EBÜZZIYA will be in Berlin for the World Premiere of her highly anticipated leading-role in Award-winning Director Emin Alper's "Kız Kardeşler" ("A Tale of Three Sisters"), the first Turkish film in Berlinale’s Competition section...
 

 

The Market is in full gear and running smoothly

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Beki Probst who received the Berlinale Kamera last year attended with Matthijs Wouter Knol EFM Director, both attended the Berlinale Kamera reception for Sandra Schulberg.  The Market is running smoothly despite the new rules regarding admission of acredited professionals without the EFM badge which may be refused admittancewhen the MGB is close to full capacity. Some exhibitors claimed at first they had less visits, but it seems to be settlind down to normal business for everybody,...
 

 

Alexandr Gorchilin on his First Feature Acid

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  Alexandr Gorchilin is a breakthrough talent from Russia who surfaced in the festival world from projects by his mentor Kirill Serebrennikov.  Alexandr’s first feature film Acid, part of this year’s Berlinale Panorama section, is a coming of age drama for the reality of Russian teenagers and their struggle to embrace the changes coming in their life, adulthood, family and sexuality. It is a portrayal of Russia’s youngest generations and their heightened sense of ...
 

 

Focus on The Berlinale Kplus Competition film A FIRST FAREWELL by the female director Lina WANG.

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Berlinale Kplus Competition film A FIRST FAREWELL, the rarely seen Uyghur speaking Children film from Xinjiang, China, a debut film by the homegrown female director Lina WANG.     ...
 

 

Business is Booming in Berlin for Film Mode Entertainment’s RABID and PROJECT ITHACA

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Laura Vandervoort in RABID     The highly anticipated, reimagining of David Cronenberg’s 1977 Cult Horror Classic, RABID by the Soska Sisters and riveting sci-fi thriller, PROJECT ITHACA, with mind-blowing special effects, both stunning examples of the elevated genre, rack up sales in Berlin   BERLIN (February 9, 2018) – Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment s...
 

 

Shooting stars, young european actors into the limelight today in Berlin

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EFP EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, one of EFP's flagship programmes, has placed some of the most promising young actors from all over Europe into the limelight over the past 20 years and proven to be an essential stepping stone for launching their international careers. The most prominent names in recent years included: Carey Mulligan ("Mudbound"), Alba Rohrwacher ("Ismael's Ghosts"), Alicia Vikander("Submergence"), Pilou Asbaek&...
 

 

Gerard Butler is in negotiations to star in and Ric Roman Waugh is set to direct Thunder Road and Anton’s disaster thriller GREE

 
STXinternational is handling international distribution. Principal photography to begin May 2019.   Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, London Has Fallen) is in negotiations to play the lead role in the disaster thriller Greenland about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster, re-teaming him with director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen), it was announced today. Principal photography is set to commence in May in Toronto.   Butler and Wa...
 

 

ARCLIGHT FILMS has boarded Daniel Radcliffe’s ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA to co-finance with Magna Entertainment and handle worldwide s

 
Arclight Films has come on board to co-finance the true-life prison break feature film Escape from Pretoria along with Magna Entertainment, it was announced today by Arclight chairman Gary Hamilton. The company is also repping worldwide rights to the feature which stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Jungle, The Woman in Black).   Currently in pre-production, Francis Annan makes his directorial debut from the screenplay he co-penned with LH Adams based on Tim Jenkin’s autobiography...
 
 

 

 

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