In cooperation with Berlinale Shorts and Berlinale Generation.
Big things come in small packages! This programme features a selection of short films that are screening in the official programmes of Berlinale Shorts and Generation. Berlinale Shorts is known for premiering bold approaches to the short form and Generation features a strong line-up for audiences of all ages. Don't miss these films that are competing for Golden and Crystal Bears and the extended Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening. Included are Talents alumni films Refugee Blues, co-directed by Tristan Daws (Talents 2010); The Diver directed by Esteban Arrangoiz (Talents 2012); Oustaz directed by Bentley Brown (Talents 2014) and Another City by director Lan Pham Ngoc (Talents 2015).
Esteban ArrangoizBorn in Mexico City in 1979, he took degrees in media and cultural studies in Australia and in filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos/UNAM in Mexico City. In 2012 he participated in Berlinale Talents. His short films screened at national and international festivals. He has recently also begun working in the field of video installation.
Stephen BookasDer deutsch-amerikanische Filmemacher, Produzent und Kameramann arbeitet auf der ganzen Welt. Als Regisseur und Kameramann hat er viele preisgekrönte Kurzfilme gedreht, u. a. in Sibirien, der Türkei, der Ukraine, in Polen, Italien, Mexiko, China, Kuba und Nord-Korea. Derzeit arbeitet er an seinem ersten abendfüllenden Dokumentarfilm. Er lebt in London.
Bentley BrownBorn in Dallas, USA in 1988, he moved with his family to Chad in central Africa in 1999. He has a BA in international studies from Emory University in Atlanta and an MA in culture and technology from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He currently teaches filmmaking at a university for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Tristan DawsDer Dokumentarfilmregisseur lebt in London; seine Arbeiten haben häufig die marginalisierten Mitglieder der Gesellschaft zum Thema und beschäftigen sich insbesondere mit Themen der psychischen Verfasstheit von Menschen. Er hat Dokumentationen in Brasilien, Russland, Serbien und Irland gedreht. Derzeit arbeitet er an der Postproduktion seiner ersten abendfüllenden Dokumentation.
Pham Ngoc LanBorn in Hanoi, Vietnam, he studied urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University. His photographic and video work focuses on the influence of cityscapes on human relationships. His debut short film THE STORY OF ONES screened in numerous film festivals and art museums, including Visions du Réel in Switzerland and at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan. In 2015 he participated in the Short Film Station at Berlinale Talents.
Erik SchmittBorn in Mainz, Germany in 1980, he founded the Kamerapferd production company with Stephan Müller in 2010. Together they produce short films, music videos and commercials grappling with diverse in-camera techniques with the help of stop motion animation, tricks of perspective and special sets. His short film NASHORN IM GALOPP (RHINO FULL THROTTLE) screened at over 120 festivals and won more than 60 awards. He is currently working with friends to develop the screenplay for his first feature film, with support from the Wim Wenders Foundation.
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.