Programme for
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tickets for all public events can be bought on the Berlinale website.


HAU2 08:45 - 10:00 Talents only

Early Bird Breakfast


Hosted by Nespresso.

Start the first day with a hearty meal. Get caffeinated and enjoy a buffet of fresh foods at this first of the daily breakfasts you should attend to kick-start your mornings!
HAU2 10:00 - 11:30 Talents only

Talents Circle: Get Started

moderated by AC Coppens

Gaëlle Denis (Jury President Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Stéphane Detaille (Nespresso), Nicolas Duplaix (Nespresso), Manuel Ferrari (Talents Buenos Aires), María Marta Antin (Talents Buenos Aires), Svenja Kersting (Berlinale Talents), Lira Lousinha (Berlinale Talents), Asja Makarevic (Talents Sarajevo), Claudia Merkl (Berlinale Talents), Hella Rihl (Berlinale Talents), Erik Schmitt (Jury Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Eva Weber (Jury Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Florian Weghorn (Berlinale Talents).

Come and get the lowdown on all that Berlinale Talents has to offer at this opening briefing. Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn and the team give you the information you need to get started. Acquaint yourself with the Talents Circle format, the daily theme-based rounds following breakfast where you can join multiple 15-minute briefings led by experts and partners. This morning Berlinale Talents is pleased to welcome its new partner, Nespresso, representatives of which will announce the Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest. The heads of Talents Buenos Aires and Sarajevo are also on hand to present their regional focuses.
Moderated by

photo of AC Coppens

AC Coppens

AC founded The Marketing Catalysts to boost the development of innovative and creative players at the crossing of film, AR/VR, games, music, design and tech. She is also mentor with a focus on audience building for innovative film / transmedia projects at the Tribeca Film Institute, medienboard / Made in NY Media Center Media Residency, DOK Leipzig and storyfirst digital storytelling lab.

Berlinale Talents Market Hub 09:00 - 20:00 Talents & Industry

Berlinale Talents Market Hub


In partnership with VFF.

HAU2 14:00 - 15:00 Talents only

Global Speed Matching

moderated by Florian Weghorn

Global Speed Matching is Berlinale Talents’ take on speed-dating. It’s an exciting way to meet fellow Talents and the best opportunity to introduce yourself and your work. Come ready to charm and impress your potential future friends and creative partners!
Moderated by

photo of Florian Weghorn

Florian Weghorn

Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.

HAU1 16:00 - 17:15 Talents only

Opening Ceremony

Christine Tröstrum, Annemie Vanackere, Florian Weghorn

In cooperation with Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Creative Europe MEDIA, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. By invitation only.

We warmly welcome all Talents, mentors and experts to the Opening Ceremony of this 14th edition. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, festival director Dieter Kosslick and Annemie Vanackere, the director of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, welcome you. The team presents the focus and highlights of this year‘s edition, and a compilation of excerpts from films of selected participants will also be screened. The opening is followed by a drinks reception.
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Christine Tröstrum

Project Manager of Berlinale Talents. Christine worked for several film festivals in Germany and France until 2000. Amongst others, she was project manager until 2004 of Cartoon Movie, the European Co-Production Market for Animated Feature Films in Babelsberg, as well as head of an international conference series in Berlin-Brandenburg (today known as Media Convention) until 2005. Since 2004, she has been working for Berlinale Talents, of which she assumed general management in 2008 and continues to manage together with Florian Weghorn since 2014. She is one of the initiators of the Berlinale Residency programme and several Talents International programmes such as Talents Durban (South Africa), Talents Guadalajara (Mexico) and Talents Tokyo (Japan), initiatives realized through cooperations of Berlinale Talents and other film festivals. In 2016, she received a diploma in systemic organisational counseling and change management.

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Annemie Vanackere

Belgian-born artistic and managing director of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. She started as production manager at STUC and the Klapstuk festival, before taking over as artistic director at the Nieuwpoorttheater in Ghent. From 1995 to 2011 Annemie worked at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, since 2001 as artistic co-director and as director of the Productiehuis Rotterdam.

photo of Florian Weghorn

Florian Weghorn

Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.

HAU1 20:00 - 22:00 public event

Film Screening: Uncle Howard

Aaron Brookner
moderated by Florian Weghorn

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

After filmmaker Howard Brookner died from AIDS-related illnesses at the age of 34 in 1989, his œuvre was in danger of being forgotten – until his nephew Aaron (Talent Project Market 2013) decided to preserve his uncle’s legacy and digitalize his first film, the cult classic Burroughs: The Movie (1983). Aaron’s research led him to the discovery of a rich archive of material, shot by Howard between 1978 until the end of the 1980s and documenting the decade’s vibrant art and gay scene in downtown New York. Aaron Brookner takes us on an adventurous and very personal journey, accompanied by conversations with his uncle’s close friends, including Robert Wilson and Jim Jarmusch. The resulting film is a powerful and loving portrait of an unfinished artist who left this world far too soon.
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Aaron Brookner

Born in New York City, USA in 1981, he is a director and screenwriter. His debut film THE SILVER GOAT (2012) was the first feature film created exclusively for the iPad. The discovery of the archives of his uncle, director Howard Brookner, allowed him to oversee the restoration of Brookner’s cult classic BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE (1983), about William S Burroughs, as a producer. His artistic output also includes a number of video installations.

Moderated by

photo of Florian Weghorn

Florian Weghorn

Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.