Manuel Abramovich is an artist, filmmaker and cinematographer. His films have screened at the Berlinale, Venice, MoMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA and Cinéma du Réel, among other events. His short THE QUEEN (2013) received more than 50 international awards. SOLDIER (2017), his second feature, premiered at Berlinale Generation. His latest work, BLUE BOY, won the Silver Bear at the 2019 Berlinale Shorts Competition and recently received a German Short Film Award. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012 and is currently a fellow of the DAAD-Artists-in-Berlin Programme.Events
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.Events
Paula Alamillo Rodriguez is a writer, producer and co-founder of Amard Bird Films in Berlin. Their first feature, which she co-wrote, was DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2016 and presented three films at the Berlinale in 2017: THE MISANDRISTS, ULRIKE’s BRAIN and FLUIDØ. NUDO MIXTECO was selected for the Talent Project Market in 2018. That same year, Bruce LaBruce’s IT IS NOT THE PORNOGRAPHER THAT IS PERVERSE premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.Events
A former director of the Goethe-Zentrum in Reykjavík, Frank W. Albers joined the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2001. As a senior programme manager, he has developed and established the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which encourages cooperation between up-and-coming filmmakers from Germany and their peers from the Arab world and Eastern Africa.Events
Peter Albrechtsen is an award-winning Danish sound designer, mixer and music supervisor working on both feature films and documentaries. Recent credits include festival favourites GENERATION WEALTH, THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS, BLIND SPOT, THELMA and sound effects recording for Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK. He became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017 and has just been nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award – one of the most prestigious US film sound awards.Events
Andrew Amondson is an independent producer, director and creative whose work includes Emmy award-winning nonfiction series and narrative and documentary films, the most recent of which was commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation. He was a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee from 2004 to 2007, responsible for developing and curating a number of special programmes. Andrew is based in Berlin and Los Angeles.Events
Neus Ballús studied filmmaking and creative documentary in Barcelona. Her first feature-length film, LA PLAGA (2013), premiered at Berlinale Forum and was nominated for the European Discovery Prize at the European Film Awards, the European Parliament’s LUX Prize and the Goya Awards. It received more than 20 international prizes, including four Gaudí Awards and the Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Debut. STAFF ONLY is her first fiction film.Events
Adrian Baumeister is a recording mixer and head of sound department at The Post Republic, a post-production facility based in Berlin, Hamburg and Halle. He has collaborated with filmmakers such as Ari Folman (WALTZ WITH BASHIR), Jan Ole Gerster (OH BOY), Jan Zabeil (THREE PEAKS) and Petra Volpe (THE DIVINE ORDER). In 2009, he received an MPSE Golden Reel Award nomination for his work on WALTZ WITH BASHIR.Events
Oliver Baumgarten is a film journalist and curator. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the film magazine Schnitt and an initiator and co-host of the Filmplus festival. He helped develop the training initiative School of Film Agents (SOFA) and was appointed programme manager of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated the Goethe-Institut’s film series “Celluloid Curtain,” which toured London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.
After studying Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Iris Baumüller worked as an assistant director for various productions. In 2002, she founded the casting agency Die Besetzer in Cologne. She has cast for German and international films such as Til Schweiger’s KLASSENTREFFEN 1.0, A DANGEROUS METHOD and POINT BREAK, as well as the TNT series 4BLOCKS, WEINBERG and the Netflix Series THE BARBARIANS. She also works as a lecturer at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and at the Film Acting School in Cologne.Events
Peter Becker joined the staff of the Criterion Collection in 1993 and has been its president since 1997. Along with Criterion’s CEO Jonthan Turell, he is also a partner in Janus Films. The Criterion Collection, started in 1984, is dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world. Janus Films was founded in 1956. It was the first distribution company dedicated to bringing international arthouse films to US audiences and continues releasing classic and first-run films in theatres today.
Sandra Beerends is a script editor, creative producer and writer/director who works for the Dutch broadcaster NTR and runs her own company, Beruang. She sat on juries for Prix Europa, Cinekid, Cinedans and IFFR. Her work includes the script-editing of KAUWBOY (Berlinale Generation, European Academy Award 2012), POLSKA WARRIOR (Grand Prix Dutch Animation HAFF 2017) and her own documentary THEY CALL ME BUBU (IDFA 2018).
Kathi Bildhauer co-heads the Berlinale Co-Production Market and manages the Talent Project Market for Berlinale Talents. She previously coordinated the Berlinale Residency programme and also worked for the World Cinema Fund. She is the author of “Drehbuch reloaded,” her Ph.D. thesis on unconventional contemporary screenplays.
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.Events
Sol Bondy is a multi-award-winning producer based in Berlin. His company One Two Films has produced over a dozen features, most of them international co-productions, which have won prestigious awards across the globe. He is an alumnus of Trans Atlantic Partners, Berlinale Talents and Inside Pictures, and was named one of “10 Producers to Watch” by Variety in 2018.
Bass Breche is an award-winning scriptwriter and a director. Since 2007, he has directed three shorts: BOTH (2007), which premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week, ZIU (2013) and FREE RANGE (2014). He has written a number of web series and films: SHANKABOOT (2009), which won an International Digital Emmy in 2011, FASATEEN (2012), THE LITTLE DROP (2015), UNDOCUMENTED (2017) and ALEPH (2017). He is the founder and director of Scenario Beirut. Currently he is working on his feature film THE MAIDEN’S POND.Events
Kathrin Brinkmann serves as the commissioning editor of the ARTE CULTURE department at the German TV channel ZDF. She is also responsible for programming various slots for creative documentaries on ARTE, the European culture channel. Her recent commissions include the documentaries THE KONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau, AZMAISH – A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SUBCONTINTNT by Sabiha Sumar and GRACE JONES – BAMI & BLOODLIGHT by Sophie Fiennes.
Gabriele Brunnenmeyer works for Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film as a freelance project and script advisor. She has worked for Maia Workshops, Connecting Cottbus, INCONTRI Film Conference in Italy and Meet Your Neighbour in Leipzig. In addition to consulting on script development, packaging and pitching for individual projects, she is a consultant for First Films First, Berlinale Talents, Talents Sarajevo, Baltic Pitching Forum, Sam Spiegel School and others.Events
Christoph Brunner is a freelance film editor. He studied directing and cinematography at the Film Academy Vienna after attending Die Graphische in Vienna. His credits include the television series M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER (2018), Josef Hader’s WILD MOUSE (2017) and Ulrich Seidl’s IN THE BASEMENT (2014). In 2017, he won the Filmplus editing award for documentary film (together with Christof Scherteinleib) for Ulrich Seidl’s SAFARI.Events
Vincenzo Bugno is a co-initiator, manager and jury member of the World Cinema Fund. He is a Berlinale delegate for Italy, and serves on the Berlinale Competition selection committee. Previously, he was on the programming committee of the Locarno Film Festival and headed its Open Doors initiative. A former journalist and film critic, he has contributed to newspapers, magazines and TV channels such as Corriere della sera, ARTE, ZDF, Tele+ and Sky Italy.Events
Meredith Burkholder is the founder and CEO of Webfest Berlin, the first international short form series festival in Germany. She is co-author of, ‘Short, Narrative and Serialized: A Complete Guide to the Web Series Phenomenon’ (2019). She is a regular speaker and moderator at TV series events around the world and consults on short form series development, production, and sales. The sixth edition of Webfest Berlin will take place on Dec 4-5, 2020.Events
A journalist and film critic, Pedro Butcher has worked for leading Brazilian newspapers and is now a freelance contributor to Valor Econômico. From September 2017 to July 2018, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, researching the distribution of American films in Brazil from 1910 until 1925. Since 2016, he has coordinated Talent Press Rio, aimed at emerging Portuguese-speaking film critics
Sarah Calderón is the founder and director of The Film Agency, a Madrid-based marketing agency specialised in the audiovisual sector. She has a major in Advertising from PUJ Bogotá and a master’s in Multicultural Communication from CELSA Sorbonne IV in Paris. Her 15 years of professional experience include acting as Head of International Sales at Coproduction Office in Paris, distributor/ coordinator at Karma Films in Madrid, and producer of the Toma5inco Festival in Bogotá.
Justin Chang is a film critic for the LA Times and also reviews movies for the radio shows “Fresh Air” and “FilmWeek.” He was previously chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of “FilmCraft: Editing,” a book of interviews with 17 of the world’s top film editors. He was recently named film critic of the year at the LA Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, and in 2014 he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Association.Events
Irene Christ is a German actress, theatre director and lecturer who has worked at prestigious theatres such as Schauspielhaus Bochum, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Volksbühne Berlin. She runs her own theatre company in Malta, teaches at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch and runs a theatre group for psychiatric patients. She has appeared on TV and film and currently works for Schlossparktheater Berlin.
AC Coppens is the founder of The Marketing Catalysts, a boutique agency that boosts the development of innovative and creative players working in digital tech and film, immersive media, design, music and sound. It also curates and presents conference programmes in these fields (such as EFM Horizon, Cannes NEXT, CPH:DOX and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival) and represents international speakers at the intersection of innovative technologies and creative content.Events
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.Events
Jesse Cumming is a film curator and writer based in Toronto. He has presented programmes with MoMA, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Collectif Jeune Cinéma and Volksbühne Berlin. He is Programming Associate for the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, serves on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar and is a founding member of MICE Magazine. His writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine and Canadian Art. He attended Talent Press in 2018.Events
Juan DiazB is a director, writer and narrative designer. He is the European Director of the World Building Institute, a research unit at the University of Southern California focusing on the future of narrative media. He is also the founder and creative director of Kosmology, a creative studio that develops multi-platform projects including TORPOR, a reflection on lifestyle and environmental degradation, and the award-winning music, dance, film and transmedia project WE ARE THE HEAT.Events
Katharina Domnick, LL.M., is a lawyer at Noerr LLP in Berlin and advises national and international clients in the film and TV industry on copyright, entertainment and media law. She teaches on the MA in Digital Media Law and Management of the Erich Pommer Institute, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and University of Potsdam, and regularly holds lectures and workshops on film production related topics. She studied law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Columbia Law School in New York.Events
Amin Dora is a Lebanese film director and visual artist. His series SHANKABOOT was the world’s first Arabic web drama and won an International Digital Emmy in 2011. Following up on his stop-motion short GREYSCALE, his debut feature GHADI won the KNN Audience Award in Busan and was Lebanon’s official Oscar entry in 2014. His interactive miniseries UNDOCUMENTED received over 60 million views within a month and has won awards at the Raindance Film Festival, Webfest Berlin and NZ Web Fest.Events
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1990, Zara Dwinger studied anthropology, worked as an editor for an online magazine and did various film internships before graduating in fiction film direction from the Netherlands Film Academy. Her graduation film SIREN screened at over 35 festivals worldwide and won several awards. She is currently teaching at the Amsterdam Theatre School and the Amsterdam Film School whilst she develops new film projects.Events
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer who has produced documentary film projects that have been broadcast around the world, such as STEPS FOR THE FUTURE, WHY DEMOCRACY? and WHY POVERTY? He is the executive producer of AfriDocs, a free-to-view VOD platform and broadcast documentary strand across Africa, and is currently producing a new project with African filmmakers, Generation Africa.Events
Philipp Eichholtz is a German director and producer. His credits include LOVE ME! (2014), DANCING QUIETLY (2016) and EVERYTHING ALWAYS ALL THE TIME (2018). In 2018, AWAY YOU GO was the opening film at Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino. He has made Variety’s Top 10 Europeans to Watch list. He is a participant at Berlinale Talents 2019.Events
Film director Nora Fingscheidt attended school in Germany and Argentina and is a graduate of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. She was nominated for the German Short Film Award for SYNKOPE in 2011 and participated in Berlinale Talents in 2012. Her documentary OHNE DIESE WELT won awards including the Max Ophüls Prize in 2017. Her feature debut SYSTEM CRASHER was selected for the Script Station at Berlinale Talents in 2017 and is screening in this year’s Berlinale Competition.Events
From 1991 until 2007, Volker Frank-Palm worked in lighting departments on film sets for over 300 commercials. Since 2008, he has been Project Manager for Client Contact Lighting & Grip at ARRI Rental Deutschland in Berlin. His main responsibilities are tendering, advising and looking after and organising the lighting and stage equipment for domestic and international film productions as well as for commercials and TV productions.
Camila Freitas studied film at the Universidade de Brasília and at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio. Between 2007 and 2013, she lived and worked in Paris as a camera assistant and cinematographer. She also studied cinematography at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière in Saint-Denis. She works as a cinematographer and filmmaker. CHÃO, her first feature-length film, was selected for the Doc Station at Berlinale Talents in 2018 and is now premiering at Berlinale Forum.Events
Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French filmmaker and researcher. She is currently a PhD candidate at École normale supérieure in Paris and a lecturer at Université Paris 8. Her work takes different forms (texts, video essays, live performances and installations) and has been presented at various international festivals. In 2018, she was a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) resident and a Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grantee.
Dr. Gregorio García Karman is the director of the Electronic Music Studio at the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, and of the Biennale KONTAKTE. His interest lies in exploring issues related to creativity, media and culture and in building bridges between practice and research as a musician, producer and academic. He has worked with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Vinko Globokar and Julio Estrada and has published on a range of topics in the field of electroacoustic music.Events
A graduate of Mexico’s Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica, A.C., Diego Garcia has worked on Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, Carlos Reygadas’ OUR TIME, Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming series TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG and Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary VICTORY DAY. He won the Iberoamerican Fénix Film Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Gabriel Mascaro’s NEON BULL and is currently nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards for his photography on Paul Dano’s WILDLIFE. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2014.
Gyula Gazdag is a writer-director whose work was banned in his native Hungary during the communist regime. He is a distinguished research professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, and has been the artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997. As a 2018 fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, he started working on the screenplay “Promotional Trip to Hell”. In 2010, Variety magazine named him one of the ten best film teachers in the US.
Jana Gebhard organises events and distribution at Wolf Kino. She previously worked as a producer and project manager for documentaries and on creative concepts for TV stations and social projects like Triaphon. She loves exploring new modes of distribution – especially films in the field of human rights.Events
German filmmaker. After his film studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) he directed several behind-the scenes documentaries and music videos for Get Well Soon and Nada Surf. His feature debut OH BOY won six German Film Awards, including best film, and was a major box-office hit. He is currently developing his follow-up COOL GERMANIA.Events
Nicolas Geyrhalter was born in Vienna in 1972. Since 1992, he has worked as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He started his own production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film, in 1994. His credits include OVER THE YEARS (Berlinale Forum 2015) and HOMO SAPIENS (Berlinale Forum 2016). His documentary EARTH, a portrait of the Earth in the Anthropocene, is showing at Berlinale Forum in 2019.Events
Sanam Gharagozlou is the International Marketing Manager at MUBI, the online cinema that hand-picks a new film every day. She has been responsible for distribution, press and partnerships with the likes of the Royal Academy, Serpentine Gallery and the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, among others. In 2018, she produced her first short film for MUBI, Ben Rivers’ TREES DOWN HERE.Events
Ben Gibson is the director of the DFFB film school in Berlin. He was previously director of degree programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and a visiting professor at Goldsmiths. From 2001 to 2014, he was director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was head of production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.Events
Nicholas Goodwin is head of post-production at Constantin Film. After his university education in Toronto and Munich, he worked in music production and as an assistant sound operator on film sets. In 1996, he joined the AVID department at ARRI as an assistant editor and technical supervisor, later freelancing as a TV and film editor and then as a post-production supervisor. He joined Constantin Film in 2005 as a lead post supervisor on international and German film projects and was then moved to head of post-production.Events
After reading Slavic Studies and German Literature at university, Alexandra Gramatke worked as a freelance translator in the fields of literature and documentary film. She also acted as a production manager and publisher and made her own documentaries. She has been the managing director of the short film agency KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg since 2008.
Djamila Grandits lives and works in Vienna. Since 2010, she has curated and produced various cultural projects, short and documentary films, as well as festivals. She has curated events such as Frameout – Digital Summer Screenings and This Human World – International Human Rights Film Festival. She is currently a BKA fellow for cultural management at Brunnenpassage and is involved in political initiatives such as #KlappeAuf and Es ist wieder Donnerstag!.Events
Karol Griffiths is a development consultant and script editor. She lectures and mentors for Sources 2, London Screenwriters’ Festival and writers’ guilds throughout the world. Her book “The Art of Script Editing – A Practical Guide to Script Development” is highly regarded. Career highlights include: THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, UNDER SUSPICION, THE FLINTSTONES, FRIENDS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and the upcoming feature ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA.
Veronika Grob is a funding advisor for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, concentrating on newcomers, development, production and serial drama. Before that, she worked for ten years as a programming executive in the film and series department of Swiss National Television. She was also editor of the annual Swiss film book “Cinema” and head of the board of the Xenix cinema. From 2007-2011 she was on the Zurich Film Foundation’s committee for funding fiction films.Events
Martin Gschlacht is an Austrian cinematographer and film producer who works internationally. In 1999, he helped established the production company Coop99. Highlights include a Golden Bear, two European Film Awards and an Oscar nomination. As a cinematographer, he mainly works on arthouse films. He has won multiple Austrian Film Awards and took home a European Film Prize in 2015. Last year saw the release of his first contribution to a major American studio production.Events
While earning her degree in Cultural Studies and Political Science in Tübingen, Buenos Aires and Berlin, Pola Hahn began working for the Spanish and Latin American film festival CINELATINO in Southern Germany in 2010; two years later she became Festival Coordinator. After writing her thesis on the representation of migration in Latin American documentaries, she joined the women’s rights film festival Women’s Worlds and joined the Berlinale Talents team in 2016.Events
Christoph Hoffsten has more than 20 years of experience in motion picture lenses in Europe and in the United States. He has been the Head of the Camera Department at ARRI Rental Berlin since 2003.
The screenwriter and director Joana Hogg made her feature film debut in 2008 with UNRELATED. Starring Tom Hiddleston, the film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Guardian First Film award. She followed it with ARCHIPELAGO and EXHIBITION. The British Film Institute has identified her as “one of the foremost directors working in Britain today”.Events
A filmmaker and curator, Maike Mia Höhne has been the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts since 2007. She works as a curator and jury member for several institutions and festivals around the world and is involved in film funding on a regional and national level. She also teaches film at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Hamburg. As of March 2019, she will take over as artistic director of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.Events
Jakob Kirstein Høgel is a producer at the leading Danish production company Meta Film as well as a film commissioner at the West Danish Film Fund and co-initiator of Rough Cut Service, together with the world’s leading documentary editors. He has a dubious past in anthropology and cheese making.
Sandra Hüller studied acting at Berlin’s Ernst Busch University of Performing Arts. Her breakthrough on the big screen came with Hans-Christian Schmid’s REQUIEM in 2006, for which she won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Best Actress as well as German and Bavarian Film Awards. Alongside her prizewinning theatre work, she has starred in many films, including Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN, for which she received European, German, and Bavarian Film Awards. In 2018, she starred in Thomas Stuber’s Berlinale Competition title IN THE AISLES.Events
Pavel Jech is a film professor at Chapman University in California. He is also a screenwriting advisor for Berlinale Talents, the Mediterranean Film Institute and the Midpoint Centre. He lectures internationally, and his manual “The Seven Minute Screenplay” is used by students around the world. Most recently, he was a screenwriter and script editor for the TV series THE LYNCHING and a script editor for several feature films, including two national selections for the 2020 Academy Awards.
General Jeff was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, California, USA. He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) since 1995 and is a West Coast hip-hop pioneer who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and others. For 12 years, he has been a community activist in Skid Row, the homeless capital of America.Events
Anja Joos is the managing director of the agency Spielkind Berlin, where she represents German and international actors and directors. After working for over ten years in various areas of the film industry, she founded Anja Joos Management in 2009, which merged with Spielkind in 2017. She coordinated the Acting Studio at Berlinale Talents from 2010 until 2018.
As a producer, director and script consultant, Vesna Jovanoska has worked with major partners, including Warner Bros., Constantin Films, Highlight Communication AG, 20th Century Fox and many others. Her films have not only attracted top German actors such as Til Schweiger but have also starred award-winning actors such as Joseph Fiennes, Vera Farmiga, Adrian Lester, David Wenham, and many others.Events
Alex Jovanoski is a German film director. Inspired by Takeshi Kitano’s DOLLS, he moved to Tokyo at the age of 19 to work on his film ideas for two years. He also worked as an actor and writer there. After Japan, he studied at the University of Cologne and graduated with a law degree, his mind still set on his film projects. His debut HEY, which he wrote and directed, won the Moondance International Film Festival’s Best Feature and Audience Award. He has written and directed six films in the last four years.Events
Born in Oxford, Great Britain, to an English mother and a Namibian father, Perivi Katjavivi grew up in Windhoek, Namibia. He studied film at Columbia College in Los Angeles where he attained his BA. He holds an MA in African Cinema from the University of Cape Town and is a PhD candidate in Visual History at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.Events
Producer Sonja Klümper is a co-founder of Amard Bird Films, a Berlin-based production company focusing on social issues and queer content. The company promotes women in all technical and creative roles. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2016 and presented three films at the Berlinale in 2017: THE MISANDRISTS and ULRIKE’S BRAIN by Bruce LaBruce and FLUIDØ by Shu Lea Cheang. In 2018, LaBruce’s IT IS NOT THE PORNOGRAPHER THAT IS PERVERSE premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico.Events
Matthijs Wouter Knol has been the director of the European Film Market since 2014. Originally from the Netherlands, he previously worked as a creative producer of a dozen internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary films. He then worked for IDFA, where he was responsible for its co-production and sales markets, and set up the IDFAcademy including its Summer School. From 2008 to 2014, he was Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents, and a co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.Events
Cedomir Kolar is a Croatian producer based in Paris. He has worked for Noé Productions since 1991. His credits include Milcho Manchevski’s BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award, and Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning NO MAN’S LAND (2001). In 2003, he founded the production company A.S.A.P. Films with Danis Tanovic and fellow producer Marc Baschet. Recent company credits include Ritesh Batra’s THE LUNCHBOX (2013) and Samual Maoz’ FOXTROT (2017).Events
Susan Korda edited the Oscar-nominated FOR ALL MANKIND and the Teddy Award-winner TREMBLING BEFORE G-D. She was story consultant on FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, which won at IDFA in 2012 and was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2014. Her directing credits include VIENNA IS DIFFERENT, ONE OF US and the short SALOMEA'S NOSE. She teaches at Columbia University.Events
Andreas Korn is a TV presenter and producer working on various formats for ARTE and ZDF. He presented the weekly programme YOUROPE on ARTE for seven years and the educational series PLANET WISSEN for WDR, as well as reporting for the children’s news programme LOGO! on ZDF. With his production company kornkonzept, he produces a multitude of TV and online formats. He studied Theatre and Communication Studies in Munich and Berlin and currently lives in Berlin.Events
Heikki Kossi has been a foley artist and supervisor on over 300 international productions since 2001. His studio is located in Kokkola, Finland. The projects he has worked on have won awards in Cannes, Sundance, Chicago and IDFA, and have been awarded and nominated for prizes such as the Césars (THE LITTLE PRINCE, Best Animation Film 2016), British Independent Film Awards (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Best Technical Achievement for Sound Design 2012) and the IDFA First Appearance Award (DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS).Events
A pitching trainer and consultant for film schools and film institutes all over Europe, Sibylle Kurz specialises in intensive pitch training, project presentation, proposal development, dramaturgical doctoring and consultancy work.
Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival. He also acts as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a non-profit organisation that runs an arthouse cinema, distributes films in Finland and works in media education. On top of that he was a member of the Finnish National Council for Cinema.Events
For over four years, Anne Lakeberg, together with Wiebke Thomsen, has successfully run the arthouse City Kino Wedding in Berlin, a glamorous 1960s cinema built by the French occupation forces. She studied Sociology and Latin American Studies with a focus on film in Bielefeld and Buenos Aires, earned a degree in cinema management and worked in film distribution. She is a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee and will serve as a host during this year’s Berlinale Goes Kiez.Events
Pham Ngoc Lan studied urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University. His photographic and video work focuses on the influence of cityscapes on human relationships. His debut short THE STORY OF ONES screened at numerous festivals and art museums, including Visions du Réel and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 2015, he participated in the Short Film Station at Berlinale Talents. Alongside working on further shorts, he is currently developing his feature debut CU LI NEVER CRIES.Events
Nadav Lapid is an Israeli director and screenwriter. He studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. His short film ROAD screened at Berlinale Panorama in 2005. His debut feature POLICEMAN won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011, while THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER featured in the Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2014. In 2015, WHY screened at Berlinale Shorts. SYNONYMS is showing in the Berlinale Competition in 2019.Events
Industry Programmer at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where she produces the Hot Docs Forum, a pitching event for international documentaries. She is also the Documentary Programming Associate at the Toronto International Film Festival, an education specialist at The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), and a session producer at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP).Events
A 2004 alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Kevin B. Lee is a video essayist and a pioneer of the desktop documentary format. He is a 2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grantee and a European Media Artist Platform (EMAP) Artist in Residence.
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio celebrated his international breakthrough with GLORIA, which ran in the Berlinale Competition in 2013 and won a Silver Bear. In 2017, he presented A FANTASTIC WOMAN in the Berlinale Competition and took home the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as the first Chilean film ever. His English-language debut DISOBEDIENCE, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, earned him five nominations at the British Independent Film Awards in 2018.Events
Nanouk Leopold is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and of the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Her feature credits include WOLFSBERGEN (Berlinale Forum 2007), BROWNIAN MOVEMENT (Berlinale Forum 2011), IT’S ALL SO QUIET (opening film at Berlinale Panorama Special 2013) and COBAIN (Berlinale Generation 2018). A member of the Society of the Arts of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, she recently directed her first play and makes video installations with visual artist Daan Emmen.Events
An educator and consultant, Sydney Levine was a pioneer acquisitions executive and founder of FilmFinders, the first global database for features acquisitions which was bought by IMDbPro. The site still hosts her blog SydneysBuzz about international film business developments. She coaches and teaches courses on distribution and marketing at Chapman University, UCLA Extension Film School Certificate Program, Deutsche Welle Akademie, Cannes Industry Workshop and others.Events
The long-standing director of the Bonner Kinemathek and of the International Silent Film Festival Bonn, Sigrid Limprecht is an expert on worldwide industry developments, especially in distribution. She was a founding partner of the distribution company Rapid Eye Movies from 1997 to 2008. Today, she focuses on international networking between production and sales and aims to raise awareness about distribution strategies among emerging film professionals.Events
Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine, a long-standing film critic for NRC Handelsblad, the founder of the Slow Criticism Project and a curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has received several awards for her work as a film critic and has served as a Talent Press mentor for many years.Events
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), and regularly advises and lectures on rights clearance issues for the film industry.Events
Dr. Skadi Loist is Visiting Professor for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her main research areas are global film circulation, film festivals, gender equality and diversity in screen industries, and queer cinema.Events
Benjamin Lopez is the executive director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). Previously, as Projects Director, he supervised the selection process and management of the Latino Media Market, a curated market that takes place during the NALIP Media Summit, the largest and most important gathering of Latinx in media nationwide. In addition, he oversees the Diverse Women in Media Initiative, the Latino Media Fest and Latino Lens.Events
Elen Lotman, ESC, is a cinematographer who has shot numerous features, documentaries and shorts. She has shot in Japan, Tibet, China, India, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Russian Arctic. Her films have won awards and been shown in competition at IDFA, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and others. Her PhD research is about human perception and cinematography. She is a Member of the Board of IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers.
Ariane Louis-Seize is a graduate of the National Institute of Image and Sound (INIS) in Montréal, Québec. Her directorial debut, the short film LA PEAU SAUVAGE from 2016, screened at over 50 festivals around the world and is showing at this year’s Berlinale Generation. She is currently writing the screenplay for her debut feature film.Events
Lira Lousinha moved to Berlin after graduating in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Lisbon. She joined Berlinale Talents in 2005 and has headed the Talent Adminstration section for the last eight years. In her spare time, she works on film productions and music events in Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Germany. She ran the guest management of the Curtas Vila do Conde film festival for six years and has been on IndieLisboa’s guest management team since 2009.Events
David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His films include the short PIONEER (2011) and the features AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (2013), PETE’S DRAGON (2016), A GHOST STORY (2017) and THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018). He attended Berlinale Talents in 2005.Events
Erika Lust is an acclaimed indie adult filmmaker. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk called “It’s Time for Porn to Change.” Her XConfessions project is the world’s first crowd-sourced erotic film series. Every month, she picks two anonymous fantasies shared on XConfessions.com and turns them into explicit shorts. With more than 150 short films, she also produces and finances female guest directors from across the globe and believes in having women in all key positions behind the camera.Events
Ana López Ortego is an architect, PhD student in geography, university professor, researcher and activist in Latin America. She is the co-founder and co-director of Arquitectura Expandida (AXP), based principally in Bogotá, Colombia. AXP is a collective that builds public assembly structures with communities that claim territorial self-management and their own rights to the city in urban peripheries.Events
Born and raised in Sydney, Danielle Macdonald moved to LA in pursuit of acting at the age of 18. She stars as the title character opposite Jennifer Aniston in DUMPLIN’, currently streaming on Netflix, and can also be seen alongside Sandra Bullock in Susanne Bier’s BIRD BOX. She is best known for her breakout role as Patti in PATTI CAKE$. She also stars in Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-nominated short film SKIN and in the feature version of the film, together with Jamie Bell.Events
Angeli Macfarlane founded Script Cube, her training consultancy and production outfit, in 2015. In 2018, she was Exec on five British first feature films in conjunction with BBC Films and the British Film Institute. She was also script editor on two upcoming Sundance premieres: DIRTY GOD and ANIMALS. Currently she is developing a Norse saga with Rebecca Lenkiewicz (DISOBEDIENCE and COLETTE) and is consultant to the Channel 4 4Stories production scheme for emerging BAME talent in the UK.
Gesa Marten is an editor, dramatic advisor and professor at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf who has edited over 60 films with a focus on documentaries. She was nominated for Best Editing at the German Television Awards for ABNEHMEN IN ESSEN and for the German Camera Award for three films, KROKODILE, IM AUGENBLICK and GESCHWISTER VOGELBACH. She received the Filmplus Editing Prize for WAS LEBST DU? in 2005 and for PERESTROIKA in 2009.
Meike Martens is a German producer and the CEO of Blinker Filmproduktion in Cologne. After running the Lichtschicht Festival and establishing the Leipzig office of Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktion, she completed the Eurodoc training programme and worked as a producer on various acclaimed films. In 2007, she established Blinker Films, which produces documentaries, fiction films and hybrids for children and grownups, with a focus on international co-productions.
Alex McDowell RDI is a narrative designer working at the intersection of design, technology and storytelling. He is the founder and creative director of Experimental Design; a Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts; and Director of the USC World Building Institute. He has 30 years’ experience as a production designer and has worked with David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam, and Anthony Minghella, among others.Events
A colourist and postproduction consultant, Dirk Meier has worked for companies such as The Post Republic, ARRI and Zentropa, and on films such as Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Sebastian Lelio’s A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Alice Rohrwacher’s HAPPY AS LAZZARO and Roy Andersson’s ABOUT ENDLESSNESS. He headed Up.Grade, the world’s first long-term training programme for colour grading and is currently an associate member of the Technical Committee of IMAGO.Events
Born in Skopje, Teona Strugar Mitevska divides her time between Macedonia and Brussels. She had her first experience in film as a child actor and later took a degree in graphic design and studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her short film VETA screened at Panorama; she returned to the Berlinale with her features I AM FROM TITOV VELES, which was screened at over 80 festivals around the world and won more than 20 awards, THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS and WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME.Events
Labina Mitevska is a producer at Sisters and Brother Mitevski, a production company she established with her siblings. Following a successful acting career (she was a Berlinale Shooting Star in 1998), she moved into producing. Her credits include her sister Teona Mitevska’s GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA, which is showing in this year’s Berlinale Competition. She co-produced Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s THE WILD PEAR TREE, was chosen for Producers on the Move in Cannes, and is a member of the European Film Academy.Events
A video artist and experimental filmmaker, Ines Moldavsky is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Her films revolve around subversive performative acts, using herself as a character and her own identity as a subject of investigation, and often focus on gender, sexuality and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Her recent film THE MEN BEHIND THE WALL won the Golden Bear Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale in 2018.Events
Paul Moore is Professor of Creative Technologies at the University of Ulster, Director of Future Screens NI and Co-Director of the Creative Industries Institute. His research focuses on the creative industries and on how theory and practice can be brought together. He has published widely, and his sound art has been exhibited in London, Coventry, Belfast and Derry. In his spare time, he is a freelance broadcaster with BBC Radio Ulster and has made a range of documentaries for BBC national radio.Events
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker from Lesotho who divides his time between Lesotho, South Africa and Berlin. His shorts MOSONNGOA (2014) and BEHEMOTH - OR THE GAME OF GOD (2015) have screened at numerous international film festivals, including Clermont Ferrand and Durban, and won several awards. His feature MOTHER. I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU. was selected for Final Cut in Venice in 2018 and is premiering at Berlinale Forum in 2019. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012.Events
Tiny Mungwe is a South African filmmaker and arts manager. She currently works at STEPS in Cape Town, producing a documentary series on migration called Generation Africa. She previously worked as an independent documentary producer and as a director on the popular South African show UZALO. She was programmes manager at the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) where she organised literature, poetry and dance events, as well as the Industry Programme of the Durban International Film Festival.Events
Kevin Murphy is a Berlin-based media arts programmer. From 2008-2018, he was a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee and coordinated the Editing Studio. Previously, he selected films for Berlinale Panorama, the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Lake Placid Film Festival, and was a film and media arts curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim. He has curated for Posit(HIV)e Screenings (2010) and the LOOP Festival (2007-2009), and has written on cinema for Filmmaker Magazine and sensesofcinema.com.Events
Sirkka Möller has worked for film festivals for over 25 years, with a focus on documentaries and short films. Her experience spans programming, world sales, writing and project development. She has programmed for Sheffield Doc/Fest, FIDMarseille and DocPoint Festival Helsinki and is on the Berlinale Panorama selection committee. She has given workshops internationally on developing, pitching, editing, selling and screening films.Events
As Vice President of Original Film, Tendo Nagenda heads production for Netflix’s original slate of feature films. He previously served as an Executive Vice President of Production at Disney (where he guided such titles as DUMBO, MULAN and A WRINKLE IN TIME); as VP of Production for Good Universe (JUNO, STRANGER THAN FICTION); and as a creative executive at Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. He holds a dual degree in Economics and Government and initially worked as a financial consultant for Deloitte and HBO before switching into creative producing.Events
Aily Nash is a curator based in New York. She is co-curator of the New York Film Festival’s Projections section and programme advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Short Film section. She was co-curator of the film programme for the 2017 Whitney Biennial and head of programming for the 2018 edition of the Images Festival in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Artforum, Film Comment and elsewhere.
Guy Nattiv studied film and television at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. He directed short films and commercials for over ten years. His short THE FLOOD screened at the 2002 Berlinale where it won a Crystal Bear. From this work he developed a feature of the same name which screened in the Generation section. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2003 and presented his short STRANGERS (co-directed with Erez Tadmor) at Panorama in 2004. SKIN is the first feature film he has made in the US. His short of the same title is nominated for an Oscar.Events
Roshanak Behesht Nedjad has worked as a producer since 1999. Her focus is on smart entertainment – be it films or games. Her latest production, FLATLAND by Jenna Bass, is screening in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2019. She is a member of the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy and is part of the pedagogical team of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE).Events
Natascha Noack works at the intersection of language, film, music and movement. She is a dancer and choreographer, translates films and film theory, works as a voice-over artist and is a member of the selection committee of the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival.Events
Dr. Keith Nurse is the World Trade Organization Chair and Senior Fellow at the University of the West Indies. He serves on the executive bureau of the UN Committee for Development Policy and as a member of the Hemispheric Programme Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He lectures on trade policy and innovation governance in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Barbados. He is the chair of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, co-founder of the CaribbeanTales Incubator, and executive producer of the docu-drama FORWARD HOME: THE POWER OF THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA.Events
Bianca Oana is a writer, producer and the founder of Monogram Film. As head of development at Strada Film, her credits included Florin Servan’s IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (Silver Bear and Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlinale 2010) and Alexander Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (nominated for the European Film Awards 2015). She also co-wrote Catalin Mitulescu’s LOVERBOY (Cannes 2012) and produced Adina Pintilie’s TOUCH ME NOT, which won the Golden Bear and GWFF Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale in 2018.Events
Katharina Pethke is a filmmaker and professor at the HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Her films explore different documentary narrative forms and include ANOPHTALMUS (2005), WITH LOVE – BRITTA SCHMIDT (2007), BURNING WITHIN (2009), LOUISA (2011) and JEDERMANN (2016). Several of them have been shown by the German broadcasters ZDF and 3sat. She has served on the juries of numerous film festivals and lectured at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, among other institutions.
Adina Pintilie is a graduate of the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2006. Her films have won many awards including the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig for DON'T GET ME WRONG (2007), the Zonta Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for DIARY #2 (2013) and the Golden Bear and GWFF Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale for TOUCH ME NOT (2018), which was also nominated for the European Film Awards.Events
Marco Pohl worked in the lighting departments of various art, theatre and event productions for several years before joining ARRI Rental in Berlin. Since 2008, he has worked there as a lighting technician, supporting customers in technical questions and overseeing lighting equipment. Last year, he became the head of the lighting department at ARRI Rental.
Charlotte Rampling’s body of work amounts to more than a 100 film and television productions, for which she is the recipient of this year’s Honorary Golden Bear of the Berlinale. Her international breakthrough came with THE NIGHT PORTER in 1974. A career of highpoints followed: THE DAMNED, STARDUST MEMORIES, UNDER THE SAND and SWIMMING POOL, the latter winning Best Actress at the European Film Awards. She has often chosen to embody multifaceted and unconventional figures, which, in her own words, she brings to the screen with an absolute “honesty of feeling.”Events
Born in Colbinabbin, a small town in central Victoria, Australia, in 1981, Rodd Rathjen graduated with an honours degree in film and television from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010. His short film TAU SERU, which he directed in India, premiered in the Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; it went on to screen at over 50 festivals worldwide and won a number of international awards. In 2014, he participated at Berlinale Talents. BUOYANCY is his debut feature film.Events
Jennifer Reeder was born in Ohio and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her multi-award-winning feature films, which have screened at numerous international festivals, focus on stories about relationships, trauma and dealing with such experiences. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2015. That same year, her film BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN screened in Berlinale Shorts; in 2016, CRYSTAL LAKE featured in the Generation programme. She is returning to Generation with KNIVES AND SKIN in 2019.Events
Niko Remus is a German post-production supervisor and workflow consultant working on international co-productions. His projects include Semih Kaplanoglu’s BAL, Margarethe von Trotta’s HANNAH ARENDT, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, Roy Andersson’s A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH… and Bille August’s ELEANOR AND COLETTE. He is part of the European post-production workshop Amsterdam Post Lab, works as a trainer for the TorinoFilmLab and in Rotterdam, and lectures at different film schools.Events
Franz Rodenkirchen is a Berlin-based, internationally active script consultant and tutor. In addition to offering individual script consultations, he works with TorinoFilmLab, Berlinale Talents Script Station, SEAFIC (Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab), DFFB Berlin and others. With Françoise von Roy, he runs Script Circle, a bi-monthly script development workshop in Berlin, as well as Six Days of Practice, a script consulting workshop for film professionals.
An internationally renowned acting coach, movement director and professor, Jean-Louis Rodrigue has worked on many award-winning films and plays along with television, opera and music events. He has worked with Berlinale Talents since 2009, developing the acting programme and mentoring its participants. His film credits include VICE; I, TONYA; THE SUICIDE SQUAD; and LIFE OF PI. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.Events
Dr. Olga Rojer is Associate Professor of German and Dutch Caribbean Studies at American University in Washington, DC. Her passion is teaching film. She is a published author and award-winning screenwriter. She has participated in screenwriting programmes and film festivals in the US and abroad.Events
An expert in interactive, VR and cross-platform storytelling and business models, Liz Rosenthal is the founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel, a leading innovation company based in London. Power to the Pixel advises organisations on innovation strategies, development labs, markets and programmes and helps creators and businesses to develop and finance stories that engage connected audiences.Events
Julie Rousson holds a master’s in Cultural Project Production. In 2015, she permanently joined Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage, the association behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, after freelancing for the Short Film Market. She looks after industry meetings, manages the Shortfilmdepot submission platform and coordinates the European short film co-production forum Euro Connection. She is also a member of the international selection committee.Events
Rajendra Roy is the Chief Curator of Film at MoMA New York, where he manages a collection of over 30,000 works and has helped create exhibitions on Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Tim Burton and Mike Nichols. He co-authored the book “The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule” (2013). He is co-chair of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films, presented with the Lincoln Center Film Society. Previously, he was artistic director and programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee.Events
Lejla Sadiku works as a Governance and Innovation Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme at their regional centre in Istanbul. She is passionate about testing out data and digital innovation that is in development, and about applying social innovation approaches.Events
Hannes Salat was born in Vienna in 1969 and has been a production designer since 1999. He received an Austrian Film Award in 2016 (together with Hubert Klausner) and again in 2017. In addition to his film projects, he teaches production design at the Film Academy Vienna and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.Events
An independent curator of art and film, Rasha Salti lives and works between Beirut and Berlin.Events
Daniel Saltzwedel is a funding advisor for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg where he covers series, drama and documentary. He has been a consultant on international documentary productions for Dox Consulting, developed content for Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, and worked as a producer and manager at Zero Film. He teaches financing and dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and enjoys moderating public events. He studied Business, Cultural Studies and Philosophy in Germany and Wales.Events
Born and raised in Sweden, Maia Santos studied philosophy at the University of Gothenburg and Södertörn University, where she focused on critical theory, gender studies and decolonising phenomenologies. In 2014, she moved to Berlin and eventually shifted her attention to film and marketing and co-founded Wolf Kino, where she currently works in marketing and developing new marketing ideas based on an exchange between the neighbourhood, filmmakers and film audiences.Events
Roberto Saviano (Naples, 1979) is the author of the international bestseller “Gomorrah.” Creator, author and screenwriter of the eponymous film (Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2008) and of “Gomorra - The Series,” distributed in over 150 countries. “La paranza dei bambini” was published in 2016. The eponymous film, directed by Claudio Giovannesi, is screening in the 2019 Berlinale Competition. Since 2006, Saviano has been living under 24-hour police protection due to death threats received by the crime organisations he has reported on.Events
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (THE ICE STORM), producer (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), and former CEO of Focus Features (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MILK, THE PIANIST). He also teaches film history and theory at Columbia University. His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Indignation”, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. His production company Symbolic Exchange produced Kitty Green’s documentary CASTING JONBENET (Berlinale Panorama 2017) and Andrew Ahn’s DRIVEWAYS (Berlinale Generation 2019).Events
Sarah Schlüssel has been the programme coordinator of Berlinale Shorts, the short film section of the Berlin International Film Festival, since 2014. She was the programme manager and festival coordinator of Palestine Cinema Days in Ramallah in 2017 and 2018. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne.Events
Erwin M. Schmidt has worked in production, international sales and film festivals. Until 2014, he was the 3D producer for Wim Wenders at his production company Neue Road Movies. He has extensive experience with employing complex technology as a means for creative expression, and possesses an avid interest in new narrative formats and new distribution channels. Together with Susanne Marian, he co-founded the Berlin-based innovation studio Cinemathon in 2015.Events
Anna Seifert-Speck is a script and story editor who works with independent filmmakers, public funds and training initiatives during commissioning, development and production. She has worked for Creative England, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the British Film Institute. She executive produced Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and Nick Whitfield’s SKELETONS, was dramaturgical advisor on Tobias Nölle’s ALOYS (FIPRESCI Berlinale 2016) and script edited Francis Lee’s GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (Berlinale Panorama 2017).
Canadian-born composer. In a career spanning over 40 years he has scored over 90 films for directors like David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Stephen Frears and Peter Jackson. Among his many international awards are several Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys for his work on the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
Director of AVEK – the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture in Finland, Ulla Simonen, has vast experience as a producer, film commissioner, festival director and consultant. Her filmography of over 50 titles blurs the lines between documentary and fiction. She says: “The filmmaker’s vision and how that vision is executed is what interests me the most.”
Verena von Stackelberg is the founder and managing director of the independent Wolf Kino cinema in Berlin. She has worked in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including Curzon Cinemas, Filmgalerie 451, Cambridge Film Festival and the Berlinale. When she decided to create Wolf, her dream was to build a space with an emphasis on critical exchange between filmmakers and film lovers, and between the neighbourhood and the wider international film community.Events
Loretta Stern is a German actress, moderator and singer. Her acting credits include Oskar Roehler’s AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS. Since 2003, she has hosted special reports about the Berlinale and the Cannes Film Festival for the German-French broadcaster ARTE.Events
Martin Steyer is a musician and sound mixer who has worked on numerous films including GOOD BYE LENIN!, RESIDENT EVIL, YELLA, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and TRANSIT. He won Best Sound at the German Film Awards for REQUIEM, TRADE, WILD and THE CAPTAIN; Best Sound at the European Film Awards for THE CAPTAIN; and a BAFTA nomination for RUSH. He has taught at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) for 20 years and has been vice president of the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf since 2006.Events
Lisa Stutzky worked as an agent for Anja Joos Management until 2017. Since 2009, she has been an independent casting director on a variety of German and international TV and film productions. Her work is represented in three Berlinale films this year: Nora Fingscheidt’s SYSTEM CRASHER in Competition; Erik Schmitt’s CLEO at Generation; and Thomas Moritz Helm’s BEFORE WE GROW OLD at Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Veit Helmer’s VOM LOKFÜHRER, DER DIE LIEBE SUCHTE and Hans Weingartner’s 303 have been pre-selected for the German Film Awards 2019.Events
Fumiko Takagi joined the Criterion Collection and Janus Films as an Executive Producer in 1999 and currently oversees acquisition for the two companies. The Criterion Collection, started in 1984, is dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world. Janus Films was founded in 1956. It was the first distribution company dedicated to bringing international arthouse films to US audiences and continues releasing classic and first-run films in theatres today.
Olivia Tay is a programmer at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). She studied Sociology and Film Studies at the National University of Singapore and has been involved in SGIFF since 2014, starting out in the hospitality department and moving to the programming team in 2016. She currently programmes for the Asian Vision, Cinema Today and Singapore Panorama sections and oversees film classification and traffic for the festival.Events
Christine Tröstrum is the Project Manager of Berlinale Talents. After working for several German and French film festivals, she managed the animation co-production market Cartoon Movie in Babelsberg and headed an international conference series, now known as Media Convention. She has managed Berlinale Talents since 2004, which she has co-run with Florian Weghorn since 2014. She also consults on the Talents International initiatives. In addition, she advises the festival on organisational development.Events
André Téchiné was born in Valence d’Agen, France, in 1943. He wrote for the Cahiers du Cinéma magazine between 1964 and 1967 and then became assistant director to Jacques Rivette. He first began working as a stage director in Paris before turning to screenwriting and film directing in the early 1970s. His greatest successes include MY FAVOURITE SEASON and the multi-award-winning drama WILD REEDS. BEING 17 featured in the Berlinale Competition in 2016, while FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT is showing there in 2019.Events
Born in 1989 in Hungary, Luca Tóth studied animation at the Moholy¬ Nagy School of Design (MOME) in Budapest and at the Royal College of Art in London. Her graduation short film THE AGE OF CURIOUS (2013) won an award in Annecy, and her first independent film, the Hungarian-Czech-Slovakian co-production SUPERBIA debuted at the Critics’ Week in Cannes as the only animation in competition. MR. MARE is showing at Berlinale Shorts 2019.Events
Selina Ukwuoma is a freelance script consultant who has advised on projects ranging from 2008 BAFTA winner BOY A and 2014 Teddy Award winner THE WAY HE LOOKS to 2017 Berlinale GWFF Best First Feature Award winning SUMMER 1993. As well as consulting for production companies and running development initiatives with various organisations, she teaches screenwriting at the UK’s National Film and Television School and leads workshops on pitching at various festivals worldwide.
Annemie Vanackere is the artistic and managing director of HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. After studying philosophy, theatre and film in Leuven and Paris, she worked as a production manager for the STUC arts centre and the KLAPSTUK festival, taking over as artistic director of the Nieuwpoorttheater in Ghent in 1993. She worked for the Rotterdamse Schouwburg from 1995 to 2011, acting as artistic co-director from 2001 as well as directing the affiliated Productiehuis Rotterdam.Events
Enrico Vannucci mainly works as a short film advisor for the Venice Film Festival and as a short film programmer for the Torino Short Film Market. He has worked on film festival programming teams since 2010. In recent years, he has written essays on the short and feature film festival ecosystem and has covered major film festivals as a journalist since 2009. In August 2018, he co-founded Varicoloured, a holistic film agency, together with Carla Vulpiani.Events
Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots and its alumni network. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as co-director and curator from 2008 to 2014, and is a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.Events
Herschel Weingrod is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He has written and co-written a number of Hollywood blockbusters. Among his credits are: TRADING PLACES, TWINS, KINDERGARTEN COP, BREWSTER’S MILLIONS and SPACE JAM. He also produced FALLING DOWN and executive-produced an independent feature and three award-winning short films. He is a frequent speaker at international film festivals.Events
The prop maker, production designer and model builder Simon Weisse will present an increasingly rare profession in the world of film production – the craft of miniature stage construction. Using Wes Anderson’s two latest films, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and ISLE OF DOGS, as his examples, he will explain numerous techniques and methods of his craft, from the design stage through to shooting on set.Events
A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.Events
Jamila Wenske grew up in Berlin, studied at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and was a post-graduate at the German-French masterclass in Paris and Ludwigsburg. She is a member of ACE, AN, EAVE, EFA and DFA. She teaches at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, and was named one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” in 2018.
Pawel Wieszczecinski is the director of Kinoscope, a curated online streaming service based in New York which is mainly devoted to emerging cinematic talent. A former programmer and critic, he has been associated with international festivals such as Film Society of Lincoln Center and New Directors/New Films - MoMA. At Kinoscope, he develops new models of film distribution across the world including partnerships with FiDMarseille, Agencia - Portuguese Short Film Agency, Sixpack Film and Talents Buenos Aires.
An award-winning film producer and director, Chelsea Winstanley has just completed her first project in the US as a director on the film LITTLE KING. In 2018, she produced the documentary MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival and is showing at Berlinale NATIVe in 2019. She produced the hit vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, among other successful narrative and documentary films.Events
Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for Time magazine. She was previously chief film critic for the Village Voice and Salon.com, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Sight and Sound. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. In 2018, she served on the international competition jury of the Berlinale.
Jenni Zylka is a film and music critic for newspapers and magazines, writes bestsellers (Rowohlt, Suhrkamp) and film scripts, is a member of the Berlinale selection committee for fiction films and a member of the Grimme-Preis jury, hosts a radio show about literature on WDR and comments on cultural subjects for rbb and Deutschlandradio, moderates Q&As, premieres and press conferences, works for Filmfest Dresden, surveys TV content for FSF, and teaches journalism at the AMD.Events