In cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon.
Cut the ribbon, cue the drumroll, start your engines: Berlinale Talents 2015 is under way! We warmly welcome all Talents, mentors and experts to the Opening Ceremony of the 13th edition. Festival director Dieter Kosslick and Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn will welcome you and present the focus and highlights of this year‘s edition, as well as screen a compilation of excerpts from films of selected participants.
Dieter KosslickFestival director of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2001, he was managing director of Hamburg‘s cultural film fund since 1983. He became director of the Hamburg Film Fund in 1988 and director of the Filmstiftung Northrhine-Westphalia in 1992.
Christine TröstrumProject 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.
Annemie VanackereBelgian-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.
Florian WeghornFlorian 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.