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Berlinale: European Film Market 2012 interview with its Director Beki Probst.

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            In 2012 the Berlinale had another successful edition as the largest audience oriented international film festival selling 299.362 tickets. Total professional accreditations came close to 20.000 including 3.800 members of the press. 402 films were featured in its public programs  and 760 at the European Film Market.  The festival continues to expand each year, yet over the last year the strongest growth has been experienced by the European Film market under the direct...

African Film Projects Found Producers at Tarifa and Berlinale Festivals

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Three brand new African film projects from Burkina Faso, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo found their producers at this year´s 3rd África Prouce Co-Production Forum and thus are able to enter into pre-production phase. África Produce, the only co-production forum for African films in Spain, took place in June within the 8th Tarifa African Film Festival (FCAT) in Spain. On top of that one of these three projects - The Boda Boda Thieves - was awarded the 60 000 euros grant at Berl...

Berlinale 2011: Dieter Kosslick Interview

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  Claus Mueller :    You have been running the Berlinale for 10 years now. What are your most important achievements and what were the biggest challenges?                                     Dieter Kosslick:   We have achieved what we wanted; the festival is younger through our initiatives such as ...

Berlinale 2011 Overview

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The Berlinale continues to solidify its position among the top three film festivals and film markets. It scored well  this year with about 800 films in the Berlinale  and the European Film Market program attracting close to 20,000 accredited  professionals  including 3900 journalist and  selling  300 000 tickets to the general public.  Undoubtedly, as the first major international film festival and film market in the calendar year offering a widely differentiated program with a strong doc...

Berlinale 2011: Dieter Kosslick Interview

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Claus Mueller : You have been running the Berlinale for 10 years now. What are your most important achievements and what were the biggest challenges? Dieter Kosslick: We have achieved what we wanted; the festival is younger through our initiatives such as the World Cinema Fund. We have a great market this year which has become one of our biggest challenges, there are lots of side bars which offer programs for specific target groups Thus there is no need to do much more. CM: What about t...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 90 931 film professionnals. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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Solidarity with Jafar Panahi

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In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In his films, Jafar Panahi critically explores the social situation in his homeland. His conviction violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the arts.   In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections and so draw attention to the extraordinary oeuvre for which this art...

Berlinale Generation Juries and Programme

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A total of 59 films from 32 countries have been selected for the competition of Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus. They include many works by directors who were guests of Generation in previous years, as well as an extraordinary number of feature film debuts. Juries The Generation International Jury presents the awards of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk valued at 10,000 Euros. Five personalities have been invited to be on the jury: Hong Kong Chinese producer and director Mabel Cheung produced...

Interview with Dieter Kosslick,and a look back on 2010 Berlinale

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Under Kosslick's direction the Berlin International Film Festival has become the largest international film festival adding virtually each year new program components, which have been frequently emulated by other film festivals. As distinct from the Cannes Film Festival which admits only professionals and Venice which has limited screenings for the public, the Berlin International Film Festival has been open to the general public since its founding in 1951 as a political showcase. With close to...

Interview with Dieter Kosslick observations and a look back on 2010 Berlinale

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Under Kosslick's direction the Berlin International Film Festival has become the largest international film festival adding virtually each year new program components, which have been frequently emulated by other film festivals. As distinct from the Cannes Film Festival which admits only professionals and Venice which has limited screenings for the public, the Berlin International Film Festival has been open to the general public since its founding in 1951 as a political showcase.  With...

The MEIFF delegation to Berlin

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Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and Middle East International Film Festival executives conclude Berlinale delegationAbu Dhabi, 25th February 2009: ADACH and MEIFF executives along with MEIFF film programmers concluded their week long delegation to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, returning to Abu Dhabi with a handful of potential co-operations and films for this year’s Middle East International Film Festival and other ADACH film-related projects. The delegation to Berl...

New funding decisions and positive balance for Berlinale 2008

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In the ninth selection round of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) on October 25, the WCF drew a positive balance for 2008 and proposed three film projects for production funding. The WCF jury – film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), programme coordinator of the Swiss Television Alberto Chollet (Switzerland), director of the script programme of the EON Screenwriters' Workshop Alby James (England), as well as WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno – chose between 108 pr...

Berlinale 2008 Endnotes

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With a media blitz not experienced before the 2008 edition of the Berlinale featured a roster of stars including but not restricted to Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sharuk Khan, Martin Scorcese, and Jeanne Moreau as well as the most prominent German film stars and directors. As expected, the appearances by Madonna and the mega star 'King' Khan generated enthusiastic crowd scenes and a journalistic frenzy.This frenzy displaced attention from other Berlinale aspects. To name but a f...

Berlinale 2008 Endnotes

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With a media blitz not experienced before the 2008 edition of the Berlinale featured a roster of stars including but not restricted to Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sharuk Khan, Martin Scorcese, and Jeanne Moreau as well as the most prominent German film stars and directors. As expected, the appearances by Madonna and the mega star 'King' Khan generated enthusiastic crowd scenes and a journalistic frenzy.This frenzy displaced attention from other Berlinale aspects. To name but ...

New initiatives for Dubai Industry Office

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has introduced a number of new initiatives for its Industry Office, including a Project Market, a producer's training program, and a screenwriting master class.   Under the guidance of Associate Director Jane Williams (industry consultant for reputed organizations such as Cinemart and  The European Commission), the DIFF Industry Office has been designed to provide a platform for information exchange and share of best practice between Arab f...

New York Tribeca Film Festival - the future Cannes of North America?

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This film festival continues to expand, though it lacks a clear profile, compared to other major fests like the New York Film Festival, Sundance, or the Berlinale. Each year it adds new components. If current trends prevail Tribeca will rank among the biggest film festivals in the world.  During the last edition (April 25 – May 6, 2007), the number of premieres had increased, more industry executives attended and a consensus emerged in the trades that Tribeca had become a viable place for dis...

New York Tribeca Film Festival - the future Cannes of North America?

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This film festival continues to expand, though it lacks a clear profile, compared to other major fests like the New York Film Festival, Sundance, or the Berlinale. Each year it adds new components. If current trends prevail Tribeca will rank among the biggest film festivals in the world. During the last edition (April 25 – May 6, 2007), the number of premieres had increased, more industry executives attended and a consensus emerged in the trades that Tribeca had become a viable place for disc...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections Part I

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition,  the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections part 1

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition, the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced m...

Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick, Busy Berlinale Chief

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Filmfestivals correspondant Claus Mueller sat down with Dieter Kosslick head of the Berlin festival for an open discussion on the festival changes. Claus Mueller What is the most important change compared to last year?Dieter Kosslick The most important change of course is that we finished out five year plan, including the change of the market, that is the move to the Martin Gropius Bau. That was a big move, and there is another little change, that we give the awards at the end of the festival on...

Kosslick : Berlinale beyond the Talent Campus

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Berlinale .. BEYOND THE TALENT CAMPUSKosslick prefers the term broadening (breiter machen) to enlarging (vergroessern) when discussing the rapid expansion of the Berlinale and the addition of new festival components. The European Film Market (EFM) grew by thirty percent and included this year more than 200 companies and more than 810 market screenings with close to forty percent of the EFM films also shown in other sections of the Berlinale. Thus EFM’s claim to presenting upscale quality comme...

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