Programme for
Sunday, February 14, 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 Robert Bosch Stiftung and The Royal Film Commission Jordan.

Kickstart the day with warm breakfast and company, hosted by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Royal Film Commission Jordan. Breakfast is considered by nutritionists the most important meal of the day, so power up your body and brain for the engaging Talents Circle discussions to follow!
HAU2 10:00 - 11:00 Talents only

Talents Circle: Bridging Cultures

moderated by AC Coppens

Frank Albers (Robert Bosch Stiftung), George David (The Royal Jordan Film Commission), Rabih El-Khoury (Talents Beirut), Basil Khalil (Director, Producer), Christine Kopf (Robert Bosch Stiftung), Fabienne Moris (FID Marseille), Hania Mroue (Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut), Irit Neidhardt (mec film), Rebecca de Pas (FID Marseille), Karin Schyle (Robert Bosch Stiftung).

Under the theme "Bridging Cultures", the Robert Bosch Stiftung introduces its Film Prize for cooperations between German and Arab filmmakers. The head of the The Royal Film Commission Jordan dives into how to facilitate productions in the Arab world. And the managers of the Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut and Talents Beirut give an overview of distribution in the region and our Talents satellite in the Arab world. Other guests will be on hand to network and participate in discussions.

Moderated by

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AC Coppens

AC Coppens is the founder of Marketing Catalysts, which boosts the development of innovative players at the intersection of film, AR/VR, games, music, design and tech. She mentors interactive and transmedia projects at the Tribeca Film Institute, Medienboard / Made in NY Media Centre Media Residency, DOK Leipzig and Story:First Digital Storytelling Lab, and is a programme curator for film conferences such as CPH:DOX Film & Science and Changing the Picture.

Berlinale Talents Market Hub 09:00 - 20:00 Talents only

Berlinale Talents Market Hub


In partnership with VFF.

HAU1 11:30 - 13:00 public event

The Nature of Relations

Meryl Streep
moderated by Peter Cowie

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

Nominated for 19 Academy Awards and winner of three, Meryl Streep is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Seemlessly working between Hollywood, theater and TV miniseries, Streep is lauded for her transformative character portrayals and uncanny mastery of accents and languages. She is revered off-screen as well as a champion of civil liberties, and in particular, of gender equality in the film industries and the greater society at large. Streep recently funded The Writer’s Lab, an initiative that offers script development for female screenwriters over 40. Taking time away from her duties as Berlinale Jury President, she joins Talents to discuss her career, her collaborations with directors and how she creates strong relations to the characters she portrays.
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, including her 19 Oscar nominations, which she went on to win three times. She was honoured with a Golden Globe eight times and nominated a further 20 times. Meryl Streep’s international breakthrough came in the late 1970s with the TV series HOLOCAUST and Michael Cimino’s THE DEER HUNTER as well as the divorce drama KRAMER VS. KRAMER for which she received her first Oscar. She won further Academy Awards for her compelling performance in SOPHIE’S CHOICE as well as her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in THE IRON LADY. Meryl Streep has been a guest at the Berlin International Film Festival on a number of occasions: in 1999, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera, and in 2003, together with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman she shared the Silver Bear award for their performances in THE HOURS. In 2006, she could again be seen in the Berlinale Competition in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. In 2012, the Berlinale dedicated the homage to Meryl Streep and awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement. Most recently Meryl Streep excelled in films such as the historical drama SUFFRAGETTE, RICKI AND THE FLASH and the musical INTO THE WOODS. As Jury President of the Berlinale 2016, Meryl Streep takes on the role of a juror at a film festival for the first time in her longstanding career.

Moderated by

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Peter Cowie

A film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years, and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.
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HAU3 - Top Floor 11:30 - 13:30 public event

No Time to Remember: Films on the Move

Khaled Abdulwahed, Jamil Jalla, Avo Kaprielian, Philip Scheffner
moderated by Rasha Salti

The phrase “on the move” suggests not only the filmic dramatization of flight, deportation, new beginnings – but also the political dimensions of migration: how are social and cultural relations affected, and what social structures and horizons must be broadened in response? From an aesthetic angle, what responsibilities do filmmakers bear in taking on the refugee experience as a subject? How can one do justice to portraying a lived experience that is often treated with such superficial representations in the media? Lead by the idea that complex problems are best seen from many different angles, this session invites you into an open and interactive exchange to explore cinematic possibilities to representing the refugee situation. Selected participants are invited to present excerpts from their latest work.
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Khaled Abdulwahed

Syrian visual artist. He started his career in design, specializing in visual communication arts and has several fine art photography and mixed-media exhibitions, in addition to video art screenings in Middle East, Europe and USA. Khaled is Alumnus of the Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2015 and currently living in Berlin.

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Jamil Jalla

Born in July 1985, he graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts of Kabul University in 2007. After graduation he joined a group of young filmmakers called Jump-Cut Cinematic Group, with whom they made a series of award winning shorts. He has worked on a number of short and feature projects both as creative head and as collaborator. He is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy and Berlinale Talents 2015. He has worked frequently for various TV channels in Afghanistan.

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Avo Kaprielian

Syrian filmmaker. He studied in the Dramaturgy and Theatrical Studies Department of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. Since then, he has worked as a freelance theatre director, photographer, camera operator and translator. Following his debut film, the experimental JUST TWO STEPS TOO, his first feature documentary HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS will feature in this year's Berlinale Forum section.

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Philip Scheffner

Born in Homburg an der Saar, Germany in 1966. He lives in Berlin, where he works as an artist and filmmaker. He runs the production platform pong along with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet, and Caroline Kirberg, and shows his film HAVARIE at this year’s Berlinale Forum section.

Moderated by

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Rasha Salti

Independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut, Lebanon. She was a programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Salti co-curated a number of film programs centered on Syrian and Arab film and art that toured worldwide and were showcased a.o. at the MoMA in New York, the Musée Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Her articles and essays have been published in The Jerusalem Quarterly Report (Palestine), Naqd (Algeria), MERIP (USA), The London Review of Books (UK), Afterall (US) and Third Text (UK), to cite a few, and she has edited several books.

Other Venues II 13:00 - 14:30 Talents only

Reception Manfred Durniok Foundation


Intercultural awareness is a recurrent theme in the films that German filmmaker Manfred Durniok wrote, directed and produced. It is in this spirit that the Manfred Durniok Foundation supports and promotes cultural exchanges between Germany and Asia through scholarships, awarding prizes and providing financial support for intercultural gatherings. Berlinale Talents’ international perspective and interest in cross-cultural dialogues makes for a fruitful collaboration. The Manfred Durniok Foundation once again supports Talents from South East Asia attending the 14th edition of Berlinale Talents by covering their travel costs, as it has since 2007.
HAU1 14:30 - 16:00 public event

Mysterious Nature

Denis Côté
moderated by Christoph Gröner

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

Exploding onto the scene a decade ago with his Locarno-winning film Drifting States, director Denis Côté has returned almost yearly with his genre-bending films to the A-list festival circuit to wow and unsettle audiences, critics and juries alike. Often following loners, outsiders and misfits through provincial and wild landscapes, Côté’s enigmatic films plumb the depths of human relationships and lay bare the secrets that cause relations to change. Back this year with Boris without Béatrice in Competition, Côté discusses the creative development of this moral fairytale which lends itself to multiple interpretations, how he connects with his mysterious characters and why a question is sometimes the better answer in the dialogue with an audience.
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Denis Côté

Canadian writer, producer and director of many award-winning films like BESTIAIRE, CURLING, which won the Best Director Award at Locarno in 2010, and VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR, which won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2013 Berlinale. His latest film BORIS WITHOUT BÉATRICE premieres in this year's Berlinale Competition.

Moderated by

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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.

HAU3 - Black Stage 14:30 - 18:30 Talents only

Embodying the Character

Kristof Konrad, Jean-Louis Rodrigue

Pre-registration required.

“When performers make the physical component of their work as important as the intellectual, they become far more convincing,” emphasizes Jean-Louis Rodrigue. Through mental and physical processes based on the Alexander Technique, this hands-on interactive workshop allows actors and directors to expand their level of awareness of themselves, in stillness and in movement, focusing on connecting the body and breath, their inner feelings and the subconscious, to performance and creating characters. Helping actors gain access to themselves and teaching to transform into characters requires an atmosphere free of fear. Rodrigue and Konrad promote an environment that is both playful and daring.
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Kristof Konrad

Polish-trained actor, who studied and worked with directors like Andrzej Wajda, Kenneth Branagh, Ron Howard and Roland Emmerich. He taught Intensive Acting in Film Workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto, Melbourne. His screen credits include: HOUSE OF CARDS, ANGELS AND DEMONS and INDEPENDENCE DAY.
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Jean-Louis Rodrigue

An internationally renowned acting coach and movement director, Jean-Louis Rodrigue has coached Leonardo DiCaprio in J. EDGAR, Josh Brolin in W and Mary McDonnell in her Oscar-nominated performance in PASSION FISH. His clients include Juliette Binoche, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Ang Lee. He is Co-Director of AlexanderTech Works and is on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.
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Berlinale Talents Market Hub 14:30 - 15:30 Talents only

Meet the Expert at Work: Don Edkins

Don Edkins

Filmmaker, producer and founder of AfriDocs, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across Sub-Saharan Africa, Don Edkins shares insider tips regarding documentary distribution and the best festivals and other hubs around the globe.
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Don Edkins

Don Edkins is a South African filmmaker and producer who has produced documentaries that have been broadcast around the world, such as STEPS FOR THE FUTURE, WHY DEMOCRACY? and WHY POVERTY? He is executive producer of AFRIDOCS, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as DARE TO DREAM ASIA, a new documentary series with Asian filmmakers. He produced COMING OF AGE, which premiered in the 2015 Berlinale Generation section.
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HAU2 14:30 - 16:00 public event

Migratory Narratives: The Future World of the Refugee Camp

Puneet Kaur Ahira, Jessica Brillhart, Kilian Kleinschmidt, Alex McDowell
moderated by Juan DiazB

In cooperation with the USC/ World Building Institute, Los Angeles.

"World building" designates an iterative and collaborative narrative practice in which the deep understanding of a world precedes the telling of a story. Filmmakers and other storytellers can enter an interdisciplinary process that allows them to understand how to comprehend and build a world from its core elements. Addressing the complexities of refugee camps, humanitarian experts and guests with first-hand experiences jointly explore the multiplicity of human narratives that are interwoven into those worlds today and in the future.
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Puneet Kaur Ahira

Special Advisor to Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to President Obama. The scope of Puneet's role at the White House includes leveraging technology to counter violent extremism and expand opportunity for refugees and other marginalized communities. She started out as a portfolio analyst at Goldman Sachs and worked for and co-founded a number of non-profits and NGOs. Until recently she served as a Program Director at Google's Solve for X, an open moonshot platform to accelerate the progress of individuals and organizations working on breakthrough science and technology projects.

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Jessica Brillhart

US filmmaker and VR pioneer. She is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the Cardboard team in 2015. Since directing, WORLD TOUR – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Brillhart has continued travelling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

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Kilian Kleinschmidt

International networker, humanitarian and refugee expert. He is the founder and chairman of the Start-up Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA). He most recently managed the UNHCR refugee camp of Za'atari in Jordan, which has become a symbol for new and innovative approaches in refugee and humanitarian management under his leadership. Previous senior roles included Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Deputy Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Acting Director for Communities and Minorities in the UN administration in Kosovo, Executive Secretary for the Migration and Refugee Initiative (MARRI) in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and many field based functions with UNHCR, UNDP and WFP.

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Alex McDowell

Narrative designer, creative director and professor of practice with over 35 years design experience in narrative media. He is Creative Director of 5D Global Studio, a multi-platform, cross-discipline design studio that uses World Building in service of real-world problems and real-world impact. He also collaborated with directors including Steven Spielberg (MINORITY REPORT, MINORITY REPORT), Tim Burton (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY), David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB), Terry Gilliam (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) and Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN, MAN OF STEEL), among others. 5D applies world building in collaboration with a range of client partners including Nike, Intel, Boeing and more. McDowell is Professor of Practice at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and director of the World Building Media Lab and Institute.
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Moderated by

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Juan DiazB

Approaching his work as a weave of visions that interlaces in the creation process, has been awarded as designer, director and writer. Is the creative director of Kosmology, developing film and transmedia projects in Europe and America, including Torpor, a reflection on the water crisis, Bitterness a magic realism story and Origen a future reality project with a multi-platform narrative. He is the European Director of the World Building Institute, and part of a continuous research on new creation process and the future of narrative media.

HAU3 - Top Floor 14:30 - 18:00 public event

Connected Stories: Audiences Inside Out

Gabo Arora, Jessica Brillhart, Michel Reilhac, Maria Laura Ruggiero, Dan Schoenbrun
moderated by Liz Rosenthal

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Creative Skillset.

CONNECTED STORIES I: PROTOYPING, PARTICIPATION, PERSONALISATION


Dan Schoenbrun, Maria Laura Ruggiero

As digital and connected media drive an abundance of content and ever-evolving formats and platforms, understanding and engaging your audience at an early development stage offers huge advantages to the impact of your project. Creators and producers explore how to develop a prototyping design culture to test out story ideas with users, and how audience feedback is used to help with further development and to prove traction and value.

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Gabo Arora

Senior Advisor to the United Nations and award-winning filmmaker. Together with filmmaker Chris Milk he produced and directed the pioneering virtual reality, 360° 3D short documentaries WAVES OF GRACE (about Ebola-stricken Liberia) and CLOUDS OVER SIDRA (about a Syrian refugee in the Jordanian Zaatari camp) for the UN.
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Jessica Brillhart

US filmmaker and VR pioneer. She is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the Cardboard team in 2015. Since directing, WORLD TOUR – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Brillhart has continued travelling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

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Michel Reilhac

Independent, interactive filmmaker, story architect and a pioneer in Virtual Reality filming. His latest VR film VIENS! premiered at Sundance 2016. He is also Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College, and Head of the Cross Media College at Scuola Holden in Torino, Italy. From 2002-2012, he was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and executive director of Arte France Cinema. In 2012, in recognition for his work at Arte, Michel was named Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine Le Film Français. For Canal+, he directed TO BE A MAN in 1999, and in 2000 directed KENYA ISLANDS for ARTE. He produced CRY WOMAN, which was in Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, and THE GOOD OLD NAUGHTY DAYS (which he directed) was presented in the Directors‘ Fortnight in 2002.
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Maria Laura Ruggiero

Filmmaker and transmedia storyteller from Buenos Aires. She is the co-creator of the award-winning documentary SURFING FAVELA, showrunner of the animated series MARTIAN & PULPET, co-writer and transmedia producer of the creative documentary DURAZNO and a crowdfunding pioneer in Latin America, creating one of the first transmedia and sustainable film projects of the region. She has also taught workshops at Talents Guadalajara, Red Mex, Doc Alliance, Hacks/Hackers, Media Party, UNTREF, TalentDoc Bolivia, TEDx and as a transmedia speaker all around Latin America. She also teaches Multiplatform Narrative at Cuba’s International Film School in San Antonio de los Baños.

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Dan Schoenbrun

Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, where he’s helped filmmakers raise over $10m for new projects. Previously, Dan served as the Associate Director of Programming at IFP, and as the Associate Editor of FILMMAKER Magazine. He’s spoken about filmmaking at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and the New York Film Festival. Recently, Dan spearheaded and produced COLLECTIVE:SUBCONSCIOUS, a collaborative feature in which five of NYC’s most acclaimed filmmakers adapted each other’s dreams for the screen. The film will become the first ever omnibus to premiere in Competition at SXSW in 2016.

Moderated by

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Liz Rosenthal

Expert in cross-platform, interactive storytelling and business models, she is founder and CEO of leading media innovation company Power to the Pixel, based in London. Power to the Pixel runs the annual Cross-Media Forum, The Pixel Lab and advises international media organizations, producers and creators.
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HAU3 - Top Floor 15:00 - 18:00 public event

Connected Stories: Audiences Inside Out

Gabo Arora, Jessica Brillhart, Michel Reilhac, Maria Laura Ruggiero, Dan Schoenbrun
moderated by Liz Rosenthal

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Creative Skillset.

16.45 to 18.00
CONNECTED STORIES II: IMMERSING, INTEGRATING, INVOLVING

Gabo Arora, Jessica Brillhart, Michel Reilhac

Leading cross-media and virtual reality experts share their vision of the future of immersive storytelling both for fiction and documentary projects. By showing examples for virtual reality, the panelists discuss the opportunities and challenges for this powerful new narrative format and what filmmakers can learn from it.
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Gabo Arora

Senior Advisor to the United Nations and award-winning filmmaker. Together with filmmaker Chris Milk he produced and directed the pioneering virtual reality, 360° 3D short documentaries WAVES OF GRACE (about Ebola-stricken Liberia) and CLOUDS OVER SIDRA (about a Syrian refugee in the Jordanian Zaatari camp) for the UN.
imdb profile


photo of Jessica Brillhart

Jessica Brillhart

US filmmaker and VR pioneer. She is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the Cardboard team in 2015. Since directing, WORLD TOUR – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Brillhart has continued travelling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

photo of Michel Reilhac

Michel Reilhac

Independent, interactive filmmaker, story architect and a pioneer in Virtual Reality filming. His latest VR film VIENS! premiered at Sundance 2016. He is also Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College, and Head of the Cross Media College at Scuola Holden in Torino, Italy. From 2002-2012, he was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and executive director of Arte France Cinema. In 2012, in recognition for his work at Arte, Michel was named Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine Le Film Français. For Canal+, he directed TO BE A MAN in 1999, and in 2000 directed KENYA ISLANDS for ARTE. He produced CRY WOMAN, which was in Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, and THE GOOD OLD NAUGHTY DAYS (which he directed) was presented in the Directors‘ Fortnight in 2002.
imdb profile


photo of Maria Laura Ruggiero

Maria Laura Ruggiero

Filmmaker and transmedia storyteller from Buenos Aires. She is the co-creator of the award-winning documentary SURFING FAVELA, showrunner of the animated series MARTIAN & PULPET, co-writer and transmedia producer of the creative documentary DURAZNO and a crowdfunding pioneer in Latin America, creating one of the first transmedia and sustainable film projects of the region. She has also taught workshops at Talents Guadalajara, Red Mex, Doc Alliance, Hacks/Hackers, Media Party, UNTREF, TalentDoc Bolivia, TEDx and as a transmedia speaker all around Latin America. She also teaches Multiplatform Narrative at Cuba’s International Film School in San Antonio de los Baños.

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Dan Schoenbrun

Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, where he’s helped filmmakers raise over $10m for new projects. Previously, Dan served as the Associate Director of Programming at IFP, and as the Associate Editor of FILMMAKER Magazine. He’s spoken about filmmaking at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and the New York Film Festival. Recently, Dan spearheaded and produced COLLECTIVE:SUBCONSCIOUS, a collaborative feature in which five of NYC’s most acclaimed filmmakers adapted each other’s dreams for the screen. The film will become the first ever omnibus to premiere in Competition at SXSW in 2016.

Moderated by

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Liz Rosenthal

Expert in cross-platform, interactive storytelling and business models, she is founder and CEO of leading media innovation company Power to the Pixel, based in London. Power to the Pixel runs the annual Cross-Media Forum, The Pixel Lab and advises international media organizations, producers and creators.
imdb profile


HAU1 17:00 - 18:15 public event

Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung: Award Ceremony

Frank W. Albers, Florian Weghorn

Hosted by Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Filmmaking in the Arab world is alive and kicking, stoked by these times of political and social upheaval. The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to support German-Arab film cooperations between filmmakers and producers working jointly on a project. The 15 nominated projects from various Arab countries will be introduced and excerpts from the projects screened, followed by the announcement of the winners of the 2016 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Three prizes of up to EUR 70,000 are awarded in each of the following categories: documentary, short fiction and animation.
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Frank W. Albers

Former director of the Goethe-Institut in Reykjavík, he joined the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2001. As programme manager for arts and culture he has developed and established the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung that encourages cooperation between up-and-coming filmmakers from Germany with their peers from the Arab world and Eastern Europe.

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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 19:30 - 22:30 Talents only

Dine & Shine

moderated by Loretta Stern

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

At this dinner and networking event extraordinaire, Talents find themselves seated next to experts and festival professionals. Set up like musical chairs, guests have the chance to interact with new faces between each course. By the end of the evening you’ll be sated by this movable feast, by the great conversations had, connections made and inspired advice received.
Moderated by

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Loretta Stern

German actress, moderator and singer. Besides her acting credits, which include Oskar Roehler's AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS, she hosts special reports from the film festivals in Berlin and Cannes for the German/French TV station ARTE since 2003.