Programme for
Wednesday, February 17, 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 Institut français and Film France.

The early bird catches the croissant! This morning's breakfast is hosted by Institut français and Film France.
HAU2 10:00 - 11:00 Talents only

Talents Circle: French Connection

moderated by AC Coppens

Michel Balagué (Producer), Emilie Boucheteil (Institut français), Mélanie Chebance (Film France), Carole Lunt (Institut français), Olimpia Pont Cháfer (Coproduction Office), Michel Reilhac (Filmmaker).

Bonjour! Under the theme "French Connection", representatives of the Institut francais explain the promotion and distribution of French cinema worldwide, and Film France reveals who and what you should know to produce your film in France. Other guests will be on hand to offer insights and network.
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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.

EFM I 10:30 - 12:00 Talents & Industry

Project Labs Presentations: Doc Station

moderated by Sirkka Möller

In cooperation with FFA, Sources 2 and ZDF/ARTE.

30 film projects are being developed in three Project Labs. Five days of critical reflection on the projects’ content with experienced mentors and sessions on the art of presentation are at the core of the programmes. To round it all off, the participants present themselves and their projects to industry professionals such as producers, funders and distributors. Short Film Station supports the project development of nine innovative short fiction films and one web series. Doc Station mentors ten feature-length documentaries, all at various stages of development, offering unique looks at the nonfiction world. Script Station showcases the global storytelling of ten feature-length fiction projects created by talented screenwriters and writer-directors. All 30 Project Lab participants have already proven their skills by writing and directing films that have successfully screened at festivals in their home countries as well as internationally. After the presentations, industry guests will have the possibility to meet the Talents.

More information about the projects at www.berlinale-talents.de or the EFM Talents Market Hub, MGB stand G8.

Moderated by

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Sirkka Möller

Sirkka Möller has worked for film festivals for over 20 years, with a focus on documentary and short films. With experience in programming, world sales and project development, she is a regular speaker at industry panels and film events. She has programmed for DOK Leipzig, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, FID Marseille and Fribourg IFF and is on the selection team of Berlinale’s Panorama section. She has given workshops on developing, pitching, editing, selling and screening films in countries from Finland to Mexico.

Other Venues II 11:15 - 15:45 Talents only

Excursion to Studio Babelsberg


In cooperation with Studio Babelsberg. Pre-registration required.

Studio Babelsberg is a renowned film studio where noteworthy films, from Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis to contemporary gems including Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men, Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies were produced. The studio opens its doors to a limited number of Talents for a tour of the premises. Preference will be given to production designers, producers and directors.
HAU1 11:30 - 13:30 public event

Film Screening: WU TU (My Land)

Fan Jian
moderated by Asja Makarevic

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

Beijing is growing and devouring the farmland of the city’s surrounding villages. But not all migrant workers are willing to leave without compensation. Chen Jun and his wife are determined to fight injustice, even if it takes years. In My Land, which was developed in Doc Station 2012, director Fan Jian accompanies these two activists who, alongside their commitment to fighting for their rights, are raising two children, instilling in them a healthy respect for the land and a critical perspective on the powerful.
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Fan Jian

Born in China in 1977, he studied at the Beijing Film Academy. His documentary about Chinese migrant workers, DANCING IN THE CITY, screened at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam. In 2015, his documentary MANUFACTURING ROMANCE screened in competition at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and at Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Asja Makarevic

Holds a MA degree in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam and currently pursues a PhD at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Her research addresses the ongoing "post-war" condition of former Yugoslav countries as reflected in relationship between memory and cinema. From 2009 she has been with the Sarajevo Film Festival, managing the Talents Sarajevo programme.

Other Venues 11:30 - 13:00 Talents & Industry

Project Labs Presentations: Short Film Station

moderated by Daniel Saltzwedel

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm and Berlinale Shorts.


30 film projects are being developed in three Project Labs. Five days of critical reflection on the projects’ content with experienced mentors and sessions on the art of presentation are at the core of the programmes. To round it all off, the participants present themselves and their projects to industry professionals such as producers, funders and distributors. Short Film Station supports the project development of nine innovative short fiction films and one web series. Doc Station mentors ten feature-length documentaries, all at various stages of development, offering unique looks at the nonfiction world. Script Station showcases the global storytelling of ten feature-length fiction projects created by talented screenwriters and writer-directors. All 30 Project Lab participants have already proven their skills by writing and directing films that have successfully screened at festivals in their home countries as well as internationally. After the presentations, industry guests will have the possibility to meet the Talents.

More information about the projects at www.berlinale-talents.de or the EFM Talents Market Hub, MGB stand G8.
Moderated by

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Daniel Saltzwedel

Daniel Saltzwedel develops and produces documentaries for Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktion in Leipzig and Berlin. He teaches financing and dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and works as a tutor and moderator at film industry events. He previously worked for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as a funding consultant specialising in creative documentaries and as a producer for Zero Film in Berlin.
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HAU3 - Corner Room 11:30 - 12:30 Talents only

Meet the Experts: Rights Clearance

Katharina Domnick, Jessica Loew

Get explanations and advice from industry law experts who specialize in copyright and media law. They can answer questions about the rights clearances that are necessary at different steps of the creative process, keeping in mind international laws and those that change across borders and media formats.
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Katharina Domnick

Lawyer at Noerr LLP, Berlin. She advises national and international clients in the film and TV industry on all aspects of copyright, entertainment and media law. She has been a lecturer in the area of media law at the European University Viadrina since 2010. She regularly holds lectures on film production related topics. Katharina studied law at Humboldt University (Berlin) and Columbia Law School (New York City).

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Jessica Loew

Jessica Loew, LL.M., is a lawyer at Noerr LLP in Berlin. Specialising in intellectual property and entertainment law, she advises national and international clients in the film, entertainment and digital media industries. She has been a lecturer in intellectual property law at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) since 2010, as well as a regular adviser and lecturer on rights clearance issues for the film industry.

HAU3 - Top Floor 11:30 - 13:00 public event

Blank Page Stories

Fernando Eimbcke, Ella Manzheeva
moderated by Kathi Bildhauer

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Auswärtiges Amt and Berlinale Residency.

A film is often conceived with a good idea, the embryo of a story and a rather basic set of imagined visuals, sounds and scenes. But how can this nucleus of a project evolve genetically into something that shapes the characters and lays the foundation for the visual style and mise-en-scene? To pour ideas and imagined elements into the common formats of treatment and script is certainly not the only way to grow your project and make it communicable to others. The participants of the Berlinale Residency worked intensively on their new films in Berlin. In this session, Ella and Fernando talk about their ongoing projects and the different writing processes and reality-checks along the way.
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Fernando Eimbcke

Mexican director. His feature debut DUCK SEASON won the Ariel Award for Best Film, and LAKE TAHOE was screened in the 2008 Berlinale Competition, winning among others the FIPRESCI award. The Talents alumnus is one of the directors of the omnibus film REVOLUCIÓN which was featured in the 2010 Berlinale Special. He comes back to this year’s Berlinale as participant of the Berlinale Residency 2015.
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Ella Manzheeva

Russian director. She graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, specializing as Sound Director. In 2007 she entered the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Moscow, Russia, specializing as director. Her film THE GULLS featured in last year's Berlinale Forum. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and a participant of the Berlinale Residency programme.

Moderated by

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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.

HAU1 14:30 - 16:00 public event

Moving Pictures: A Journey in Film Stills

Brigitte Lacombe
moderated by Peter Cowie

French photographer Brigitte Lacombe knows her way around a film set. Working as a photographer since 1975, Lacombe has documented productions by Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze, David Mamet, Michael Haneke, Sam Mendes, Sofia Coppola and many other greats. Capturing dazzlingly intimate moments in her portraits as well as the true colors of the film set in her stills, Lacombe’s work depends on a complex understanding of the film world as a unique habitat of coherent connections, powers and energies. This year a member of the Berlinale Jury, Lacombe joins Talents for a photographic travelogue of her work on sets, her choice of subjects and how she literally sees other people.
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Brigitte Lacombe

French photographer Brigitte Lacombe knows her way around a film set. Working as a photographer since 1975, Lacombe has documented productions by Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze, David Mamet, Michael Haneke, Sam Mendes, Sofia Coppola and many other greats. Capturing dazzlingly intimate moments in her portraits as well as the true colors of the film set in her stills, Lacombe’s work depends on a complex understanding of the film world as a unique habitat of coherent connections, powers and energies. This year a member of the Berlinale Jury, Lacombe joins Talents for a photographic travelogue of her work on sets, her choice of subjects and how she literally sees other people.

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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EFM I 14:30 - 16:30 Talents & Industry

Project Labs Presentations: Script Station

moderated by Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

In cooperation with FFA and Sources 2.

30 film projects are being developed in three Project Labs. Five days of critical reflection on the projects’ content with experienced mentors and sessions on the art of presentation are at the core of the programmes. To round it all off, the participants present themselves and their projects to industry professionals such as producers, funders and distributors. Short Film Station supports the project development of nine innovative short fiction films and one web series. Doc Station mentors ten feature-length documentaries, all at various stages of development, offering unique looks at the nonfiction world. Script Station showcases the global storytelling of ten feature-length fiction projects created by talented screenwriters and writer-directors. All 30 Project Lab participants have already proven their skills by writing and directing films that have successfully screened at festivals in their home countries as well as internationally. After the presentations, industry guests will have the possibility to meet the Talents.

More information about the projects at www.berlinale-talents.de or the EFM Talents Market Hub, MGB stand G8.
Moderated by

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Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

A former journalist, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer was the head of MEDIA Antenna Berlin-Brandenburg where she acted as an artistic adviser for the training initiative Moonstone International. She was head of studies for the MEDIA-supported Maia Workshops and is a project and script adviser for Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film. She coordinates the Incontri Film Conference in Italy and consults for Talents Sarajevo, Baltic Pitching Forum and the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem.

HAU2 14:30 - 16:00 public event

Animated Gifts: Welcome to Cartoon Saloon

Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
moderated by Florian Weghorn

Director, illustrator and animator Tomm Moore has enchanted audiences of all ages with his Oscar-nominated feature films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He was recently honored with the European Film Award. A co-founder of Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, Moore is deserving of the comparisons drawn to Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, resuscitating stories and characters of Irish folklore through a mix of animation techniques synthesizing hand-drawn and painted tableaux with 3D and CGI technologies. Moore has teamed-up on several occasions with illustrator and director Ross Stewart, including on The Prophet, and the duo is slated to co-direct their next project. The directors share their artistic approaches to scriptwriting, research and storyboarding and how the entire studio team contributes to this process.

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Tomm Moore

Irish animator and director. He is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, where he has worked as director, art director, storyboarder, animator and illustrator on commercials and short films. He has directed the Oscar-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS and its follow-up SONG OF THE SEA. He also directed the “On Love” segment for THE PROPHET, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek, which is due for release later this year. He is dividing his time between the development of his latest project WOLF WALKERS and pre-production on THE BREADWINNER, based on the best selling novel by Deborah Ellis, which will begin production this year.

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Ross Stewart

Irish artist working in painting, illustration and animation, notably conceptual design and art direction. He worked on many award-winning animated short films and has recently been involved in three Oscar-nominated feature films: as art director on THE SECRET OF KELLS, visual development and conceptual artist on PARANORMAN and as concept artist on SONG OF THE SEA. His personal artwork has been exhibited across Ireland and the UK over the last 16 years.

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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 16:00 - 18:00 Talents only

Avant Première 2016

Mike Breneis, Xavier Dubois, Daniel Ebner, Milena Fessmann, Christian Goebel, Bernd Hellthaler, Masumi Kawaguchi, Stefan Mathieu, Reiner Moritz, Sebastian Waschulewski

In cooperation with Avant Première Music. Pre-registration required.

Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin is the largest international trade fair for the international TV and film industry with focus on performing arts content. Designed as a co-production market and embedded in an extensive business network of over 150 member companies worldwide, it brings together all industry segments from the creators of the performing arts – opera and concert houses – to their application in the audiovisual branches – film production, distribution, public and private broadcast, new media, streaming, event cinema and more. The One-on-one Expert Session is a programme format following Avant Première’s support for emerging talents in filmmaking. In exclusive one-on-one conversations, Talents meet experts in film production, distribution and broadcasting who offer advice on projects and networking opportunities in the industry.
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Mike Breneis

For a quick growing 360 degree media entity, Breneis develops digital and physical music products and explores future business opportunities in all areas of the Red Bull Media House Music Portfolio. He worked as a freelance musician and was publishing manager at universaledition.com.

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Xavier Dubois

Dubois joined Bel Air Media in 1998 where he was in charge of building international co-productions of Opera and Ballet programs as well as of documentaries with the major European venues. In 2004 he participated with François Duplat in the creation of the Video publishing company Bel Air Classiques.

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Daniel Ebner

Daniel Ebner is Artistic Director of the short film festival VIS Vienna Independent Shorts and works as a film critic. He co-produces and curates short films and media art projects, represents the Association of Austrian Film Festivals and is a member of Vienna's short film funding committee.

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Milena Fessmann

Milena Fessmann has worked as a full-time DJ since 1991. She has had her own long-running shows on Berlin’s Radio Eins since 2001 - first “After-Work Lounge” and, more recently, “Free Falling”. She has moderated numerous events and panels, and teaches music supervising and copyright clearance at the DFFB film school in Berlin. She is the CEO of the film production company Sugar Town and is currently producing the documentary THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE - CONNY PLANK.
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Christian Goebel

Christian Göbel is Label Manager for Motor Entertainment, Lecturer at Pop Akademie Mannheim & at the University of the Arts Berlin. He is Artist with a strong focus on audiovisual content, from viral webisodes to full length concert movies, and also curates the Live Music TV Show “Berlin Live”.

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Bernd Hellthaler

Hellthaler is Founder, CEO and Managing Director of EuroArts Music International – one of the most renowned companies within its industry & long-time partner in Production and Distribution to artists, ensembles and filmmakers as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Monsaingeon.

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Masumi Kawaguchi

As Senior producer at NHK, she's involved in many joint projects with broadcasters in Europe and America, as well as an edutainment program for children at Music&Theater Division. She also produced The Book of Tears that received inter alia awards at the US International Film&Video Festival in 2014.

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Stefan Mathieu

Mathieu is the founder and CEO of the Berlin-based company Kobalt Productions which has been devising TV for 18 years - international music productions, TV magazines, documentaries as well as live broadcasts. He is producing and directing broadcasting shows such as the live concert series ‘BERLIN live’.

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Reiner Moritz

Reiner Moritz worked as a journalist and distributor for various companies before he set up Poorhouse International in London. He published a music dictionary, continues to write for Opus Arte and Arthaus releases and directs documentaries in the field of music and arts.

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Sebastian Waschulewski

Sebastian Waschulewski is Creative Producer at White Horse Music. Working for agencies like MetaDesign and WESOUND he developed amongst others electroacoustic concepts for Volkswagen’s POS. Currently at Jung von Matt he is responsible for the music production of the latest Mercedes-Benz campaigns.

HAU1 17:00 - 18:30 public event

Berlinale Homage: Michael Ballhaus Meets Jim Rakete

Michael Ballhaus, Jim Rakete

In cooperation with Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen. Pre-registration only.

Recipient of an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and subject of this year’s Berlinale Homage, Michael Ballhaus is one of the world’s most important directors of photography. Before spending 25 years working primarily in the USA, Ballhaus established his reputation in Germany where he worked with, among others, auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, helping “Young German Cinema” achieve new artistic freedom. At the lens alongside great American directors such as Martin Scorsese, he had a decisive effect on the lighting and look of US moviemaking. Speaking with German photographer Jim Rakete, Ballhaus retraces key steps in his career, discusses the close collaboration between director and DOP and reflects on the art of using light, framing, focus and – above all – creativity to create the perfect image.


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Michael Ballhaus

Legendary director of cinematography with more than 100 films to his credits. He worked with directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wolfgang Petersen, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Redford. In between his work in the US and Europe he repeatedly taught at several German film schools and influenced generations of filmmakers. This year, the Berlinale will award him an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement as well as this year’s Homage section.
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Jim Rakete

German photographer. He started out working for newspapers, magazines and news agencies. During the 70s and 80s he was active in the music scene as well as in theatre and film, managing German bands and artists like Nena and Nina Hagen as well as establishing his own agency “Die Fabrik”. His black and white portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, David Bowie or Samuel Beckett have become part of the worldwide iconography. He still is close to the filmmaking community, as famous portraits of Sean Connery, Natalie Portman, Wim Wenders or Götz George can attest.

HAU2 17:00 - 18:30 public event

The Friendly Turn

Michel Franco, Gabriel Ripstein
moderated by Paz Lázaro

We all love a good behind-the-scenes filmmaking “bromance”, especially when the collaborating friends complement each other as perfectly as Gabriel and Michel. Representatives of the hot new generation of Mexican cinema, they collaborate on each other’s films, swapping the hats of producer and director. Ripstein’s 600 Miles, which won the First Feature Award at last year’s Berlinale, was produced by Franco, and Franco’s Chronic, which competed for the Palme d’Or and won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2015, was produced by Ripstein. Focusing on the multifaceted nature of their professional relations, the duo discusses collaborative working in good times and in bad.
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Michel Franco

Mexican writer, director and producer. His works include CHRONIC (winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes 2015), and AFTER LUCIA (winner of the Best Film Award at Certain Regard at Cannes 2012). He has produced 600 MILES (winner of the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale 2015), and FROM AFAR (winner of the Leone d'Oro at Venice 2015). Lucia Films is currently completing production on THE HEIRS, by Jorge Hernandez. The company is also developing several feature film and television projects.

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Gabriel Ripstein

Mexican writer, producer, editor and director, coming from a family of filmmakers. He was Senior Vice President of Production for Sony Pictures and oversaw the development and production of over 20 feature films. His debut as a writer, editor and director was 600 MILES, which won the Best First Feature prize at the 2015 Berlinale. He has since gone on to produce Michel Franco's CHRONIC, which won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes and Lorenzo Vigas' FROM AFAR, which won the Golden Lion in Venice.

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Paz Lázaro

Programme manager at Berlinale Panorama and member of the selection committee for Berlinale Competition. She is part of the board of the European Film Academy, a member of the Spanish Film Commission, and has curated other commissioned programmes like the Spanish Film Club Programme in New York. Previously she has been engaged in film production with feature films such as NÓMADAS (2000), THE WITCH AFFAIR (2002), SOBRE EL ARCOR ISIS (2003), and the documentary FALLEN ANGEL: GRAM PARSONS (2004).
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Berlinale Talents Market Hub 18:30 - 19:30 Talents only

Happy Hour


Hosted by Sources 2. By invitation only.

HAU1 - Fox Bar 18:45 - 19:45 Talents only

Happy Hour


Hosted by Avid Technology. By invitation only.