Programme for
Thursday, February 12, 2015

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


HAU2 09:00 - 10:30 Talents only

Early Bird Breakfast


Hosted by Goethe-Institut Nigeria and Mokolo Project. In cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office.

Find out more about Mokolo's broad African network of filmmakers and how to bring films to African audiences.
Berlinale Talents Market Hub 09:00 - 20:00 Talents only

Berlinale Talents Market Hub


In partnership with Canon.

Berlinale Talents in partnership with Canon once again teams up with the European Film Market (EFM) at the Berlinale Talents Market Hub. The Hub is the landmark of Berlinale Talents at the EFM and the home base of the Sales & Distribution Studio. At the Market Hub, industry guests and Talents can discover outstanding new projects, markets and business models. During several “Meet the Expert” sessions, Talents and industry representatives meet face to face to discuss the tricks of the trade. The Market Hub is also the meeting point for the EFM tours with Sydney Levine. Nightly Happy Hours at the Market Hub cater to Talents of various filmmaking fields of work, putting the right people together in the right place.
Cinestar 7 10:00 - 11:15 public event

The Dolby Atmos® Master Class

Christian Conrad, Lars Ginzel, Martin Steyer

In cooperation with Dolby®Laboratories, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and The Post Republic.

This public master class will offer theoretical and technical insights into the practical applications of Dolby Atmos® technology. The Dolby Atmos® Policy Trailer, composed as part of the Sound Studio 2014, will be presented for the first time. Also the three selected soundscapes from this year’s Sound Studio will be presented and the winner announced. A case study made by Rotor Film Babelsberg on the Berlinale trailer in 7.1/Dolby Atmos® and extracts from Dolby Atmos® films are some of the highlights of the programme.
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Christian Conrad

German sound designer and composer. After studying film sound and being a musician, he has been working as an award-winning sound designer and sound editor since 1999, working with directors like Istvan Szabo, Detlev Buck, Nicolas Winding Refn, Wolfgang Becker and Marjane Satrapi. He has held various teaching positions at film schools and has lectured at workshops for the Dolby Atmos system.

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Lars Ginzel

German re-recording mixer and sound designer who worked on a variety of international films such as WALTZ WITH BASHIR, ENTER THE VOID, THE FUTURE and CLOUD ATLAS. He won the German Film Award for best sound for REQUIEM. His recent works include WINTERSLEEP, which won the Festival in Cannes in 2014, THE VOICES, THE IDEALIST, MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT and LAND OF MINE.
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Martin Steyer

German musician and sound mixer who worked on numerous acclaimed films including GOODBYE LENIN!, RESIDENT EVIL, YELLA, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, THE LAST STATION and A MOST WANTED MAN. He won the German Film Award for Best Sound for REQUIEM and TRADE and was BAFTA-nominated for Best Sound on RUSH. His latest work is on Anton Corbijn’s LIFE, which has been selected for this year's Berlinale Special section. Martin is a professor at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF since 2005 and its vice president since 2006.
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Other Venues II 10:30 - 13:30 Talents only

Excursion to Studio Babelsberg


In cooperation with Studio Babelsberg.

Studio Babelsberg is a renowned film studio where noteworthy films, from Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis to contemporary films including Wes Anderson‘s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL George Clooney‘s THE MONUMENTS MEN , and Quentin Tarantino‘s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS were produced. The studio opens its doors to a limited number of Talents for a tour of the premises. Preference will be given to produc-tion designers, producers and directors.
HAU3 - Top Floor 11:00 - 11:45 public event

Disclosing the World Cinema Fund

Isona Admetlla, Linda Kirmse

In cooperation with World Cinema Fund.

Innovative forms, fresh perspectives and local stories from across the globe are supported by the World Cinema Fund, a joint initiative of the Berlinale and the German Federal Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and with further support from the Federal Foreign Office. Independent productions from regions with little access to funding, such as Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Caucasus, are its focus. “Our goal is to support bold and undiscovered cinema. Developing an intensive cooperation with directors and producers is one of our priorities,” says project manager Vincenzo Bugno. Palme d’Or winning UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of many successful films supported by the World Cinema Fund. Project manager Vincenzo Bugno and Isona Admetlla will discuss the aims of the initiative, the breadth of works and regions considered and how filmmakers can apply with their projects.
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Isona Admetlla

Barcelona-born and Berlin-based sociologist and cultural manager. She works as Office Manager at the World Cinema Fund and is responsible for the whole application process for production and distribution support. She combines her work at the World Cinema Fund with her activity as tutor, consultant and lecturer in the field of cultural management and international cultural cooperation at the University of Barcelona.

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Linda Kirmse

After finishing her studies she started working for the World Cinema Fund. She is responsible for the new special funding programme WCF Europe. Since lately, she is also involved in the production of the script development programme Cinematch.

HAU1 11:00 - 13:00 public event

Screening Shorts

Ygor Gama, Jure Pavlovic, Mees Peijnenburg, Jennifer Reeder, Florencia Rovlich, Erin Vassilopoulos
moderated by Maike Mia Höhne, Maryanne Redpath, Florian Weghorn

In cooperation with Berlinale Shorts and Berlinale Generation.

#YA | 15’ Ygor Gama, Florencia Rovlich
BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN | 32’ Jennifer Reeder
PIKNIK | 13’ Jure Pavlovic
UN CREUX DANS MON COEUR | 10’ Mees Peijnenburg
SUPERIOR | 16’ Erin Vassilopoulos

Big things come in small packages! This programme features a selection of short films that are screening in the Berlinale official programme. Included are the Berlinale Talents
alumnus Jure Pavlovic’s (2014) PIKNIK in Generation 14plus, as well as 2015 Talent Jennifer Reeder’s BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN which celebrates its world premiere in Berlinale Shorts.
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Ygor Gama

Brazilian director living in Berlin. After award-winning short films like EL LEAVING in 2012, he co-directed #RISE, a mix of film and urban intervention about civil disobedience actions around the world, which was selected for this year's Berlinale Generation section. He has since worked with dancers (Societa Doctor Alonso, Spain), architects (Memorial Museum of Argentinean Dictatorship), and exhibited with Photographers (Slideluck Buenos Aires).

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Jure Pavlovic

Studied film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and took part in different international workshops and talent venues like Sources 2, MAIA, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and the Short Film Station at Berlinale Talents. After graduating, he made award-winning short films like HALF AN HOUR FOR GRANDMA and UMBRELLA. His latest film PICNIC is part of this year's Berlinale Generation section.

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Mees Peijnenburg

Dutch filmmaker. In 2013 he graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy. His graduation film EVEN COWBOYS GET TO CRY premiered at Berlinale Generation 2014, was critically acclaimed and awarded several prices. His latest film A HOLE IN MY HEART also premieres at this year's Berlinale Generation.

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Jennifer Reeder

Born in Ohio, USA in 1973, she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The stories in her award-winning feature films revolve around relationships, traumata and how to cope with such experiences. Her latest short film BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN is part of this year's Berlinale Shorts.

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Florencia Rovlich

Argentinian writer, producer and director. She co-produced, co-wrote and co-directed the award-winning short EL LEAVING about a nomadic youth experience. She's a researcher and assistant professor in sociology of the image at the University of Buenos Aires. Florencia co-directed #RISE about the civil disobedience actions round the world, which is part of this year's Berlinale Generation section.

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Erin Vassilopoulos

Born in Riverside, California in 1983. After studying English and philosophy, she spent a number of years in Madrid and Oaxaca, Mexico, where she studied Spanish and directed her first videos. She is currently studying filmmaking at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her short film SUPERIOR will be part of this year's Berlinale Shorts.

Moderated by

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Maike Mia Höhne

Programme curator of Berlinale Shorts since 2007. She is also a freelance writer, director, curator and photographer. Her short films are represented by the Arsenal - Institute for Film & Video Art, Berlin and the Short Film Agency, Hamburg. In 2014, she presented her first feature film “3/4” at Filmfest Hamburg.

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Maryanne Redpath

New Zealand-born director of the Berlinale Generation section, the official Berlinale delegate for Australia and New Zealand and head curator of the 2013 Berlinale special series NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema.

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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.

Other Venues I 11:00 - 14:30 Talents only

Excursion to tectum


In cooperation with tectum - film equipment rental. Pre-registration required.

Tectum – Time and Space specializes in 3D and high-speed equipment, as well as 2D technologies from multi-cameras to 6K digital cinema. For tectum LED technology is the lighting of the future. Using high-speed sets with Motion Control System, tectum will show the current possibilities and advantages of LEDs. What problems and limitations of conventional lighting technology are encountered when shooting at 60fps and higher?
HAU3 - Top Floor 12:00 - 12:45 public event

Entering the Co-Production Market

Kathi Bildhauer, Martina Bleis

In cooperation with Berlinale Co-Production Market.

As anybody who has ever attended one of the legendary “Berlinale Co-Pro” parties would attest to: “Co-Pro rocks!” The Berlinale Co-Production Market is one of the major international networking and financing platforms for film projects with an international scope. It brings together around 500 reputable international producers, film financiers, sales agents and distributors, as well as broadcasting and funding representatives to initiate the co-productions of tomorrow. In addition, ten Berlinale Talents participants get a chance to present their projects at the Talent Project Market. Find out how Berlinale Talents alumni can participate by applying for the Co-Production Market including the Talent Project Market in the coming years.
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Kathi Bildhauer

Kathi co-heads the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and is the coordinator of the Talent Project Market and the Berlinale Residency. She is the author of “Drehbuch reloaded”, her PhD thesis on unconventional contemporary screenplays.

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Martina Bleis

Member of the Berlinale Co-Production Market team since its inception, and manager of the selected official projects, she is also active as a consultant for coproduction events with international institutions and festivals, such as the East-West European co-production market Connecting Cottbus.

HAU3 - Black Stage 12:45 - 13:45 Talents only

Meet the Expert: Beatrice Kruger

Beatrice Kruger

Pre-registration required.

A casting director based in Rome, Beatrice Kruger has been involved in the discovery and promotion of new acting talent for many years and developed the idea and concept for the multi-language casting platform: e-talenta.eu.
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Beatrice Kruger

As a casting director based in Rome she is responsible for CASERTA PALACE DREAM, THE CUT, THE WHOLLY FAMILY, THE AMERICAN, TEN WINTERS and MY MOTHER'S SMILE and for the European or Italian casting of TO ROME WITH LOVE, LETTERS TO JULIET, THE TOURIST, NINE, THE INTERNATIONAL, CASINO ROYALE, OCEAN'S TWELVE and many more. Beatrice is also founder of the European casting platform www.e-talenta.eu.
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HAU1 14:00 - 15:30 public event

Bridging the Gap: Films in Between Spaces

Bong Joon-Ho, Lorna Tee
moderated by Christoph Gröner

Film is truly a universal language and medium, but that is not to say that there are not daunting obstacles to overcome when bringing films from their local birthplaces to international audiences. The films of a specific region often convey elements of the local or regional context: its cultural heritage, its social and political preoccupations, its genres and traditions and its ways of communicating and telling stories. Bong Joon-Ho, South Korean director of THE HOST and celebrated lately for his first English language film SNOWPIERCER, and renowned Asian producer Lorna Tee (POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO) bring their rich experiences in making films that are successful for both local and international markets to this discussion. When developing stories intended to cross the cultural divide, what must be considered at the script level, when choosing production partners, cast and crew and when designing a distribution and marketing strategy?
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Bong Joon-Ho

South Korean writer and director, whose feature film debut BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE was released in 2000. His film MEMORIES OF MURDER was screened at the San Sebastián film festival, among others, and won numerous awards. In 2006, following its world premiere in the Quinzane des Réalisateurs, THE HOST would go on to become the biggest box office hit ever in South Korea. Bong was invited to Cannes once again in 2009 for MOTHER, this time in the section Un Certain Regard. His English language film debut SNOWPIERCER was selected for the 2014 Berlinale Forum. He is a member of this year's Berlinale International Jury.
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Lorna Tee

She managed the marketing and distribution at Focus Films Hong Kong, before moving on to executive produce the first ever Asian Film Awards. She worked as the Business Development Manager at the Asian office for Variety and as the general manager of the Hong Kong based Asian investment fund Irresistible Films. Currently, Lorna is working with production company October Pictures (Hong Kong) and manages her own production company Paperheart (Malaysia). Her production credits include Edwin's POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO, which premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2012.

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Christoph Gröner

German film journalist and festival programmer. As a journalist he worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, and trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film and received the Film Journalism Award FFF Bayern in 2006. Since 2008 he is programmer with the Filmfest Munich, where he handles the New German Cinema section since 2011. He is working as a consultant on German speaking territories for the Zurich Film Festival and The Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn.

HAU2 16:00 - 16:45 Talents only

What's Next?

Christine Tröstrum, Florian Weghorn

Believe it or not, there is life after Berlinale Talents, and in fact the future is a bright one! This wrap-up event will inform you about the opportunities available to Talents to stay connected and involved after leaving Berlin. The Talents team will also present an overview of various extra Berlinale Talents programmes and services that could be useful in developing your future film projects.
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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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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 17:00 - 18:30 public event

Of Walls and Wonders

Andreas Dresen, Wolfgang Kohlhaase
moderated by Verena von Stackelberg

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the GDR was followed by a brief moment in time in eastern Germany where space seemed unlimited and freedom was an ideal to be tested and lived to the fullest. These feelings form the background for AS WE WERE DREAMING, the Berlinale Competition entry directed by Andreas Dresen and adapted for the screen by Wolfgang Kohlhaase from the bestselling novel by Clemens Meyer. Representing three generations that personally experienced this electric time in the East, Dresen and Kohlhaase will describe their process of adapting from memory to novel to screen a very loaded historical moment that lingers in the space of imagination of many Germans.
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Andreas Dresen

Growing up and studying in East Germany, he became one of Germany's most prolific director with films like SILENT COUNTRY and SUMMER IN BERLIN. He has been nominated for three European Film Awards and won two German Film Awards as best director. His half-improvised drama GRILL POINT won the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin in 2002, while CLOUD 9 and STOPPED ON TRACK both received awards at the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes. His latest film AS WE WERE DREAMING will premiere in this year's Berlinale Competition.
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Wolfgang Kohlhaase

German screenwriter. After several of his projects were cut or prohibited by the East German government he turned to novels, returning to film with his long-time collaborator Konrad Wolf, for whom he wrote and co-directed the GDR cult classic SOLO SUNNY. After re-unification he worked with Volker Schlöndorff and especially with Andreas Dresen, whose latest film AS WE WERE DREAMING, which is in Competition this year, he adapted from the best-selling novel by Clemens Meyer. He won an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievements in 2010 and an Honorary German Film Award in 2011.
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Moderated by

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Verena von Stackelberg

Verena has been working in cinema exhibition, theatrical distribution and as a programmer and advisor for international film festivals since 1998. She is founder and managing director of Wolf Kino UG, an independent film terrain in Berlin's Neukölln (www.wolfberlin.org).

HAU3 - Top Floor 17:00 - 18:00 public event

Joint Forces: Laura Poitras on Her Films

Laura Poitras
moderated by Florian Weghorn

With her recently released portrait of polarizing figure Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras has rounded up her trilogy of documentaries depicting the plight of people who have been impacted by the policies of the US government’s War on Terror. Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR) joins Talents from New York for a short interactive webcam session to discuss her changing role as a documentarian over the years and her relationships to her films and protagonists as they ignite wildfire buzz amongst audiences worldwide.
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Laura Poitras

American documentary film director and producer. For her brave political features like MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, FLAG WARS and THE OATH she received numerous prizes including the George Polk Award and a Peabody Award and two Oscar nominations. She was contacted by whistleblower Edward Snowden before his disclosures about the NSA, and her reporting led to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014 and to her most recent documentary CITIZENFOUR.
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Moderated by

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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.

Other Venues I 21:00 - 00:00 Talents only

Closing Party


Supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon.

All Talents and experts are invited to unwind and get down at the Berlinale Talents Closing Party.