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Maren Ade

Maren Ade studied production and feature film direction at the HFF Munich. In 1999, she co-founded Komplizen Film with Janine Jackowski. EVERYONE ELSE premiered at Berlinale 2009 and was awarded the Silver Bears for Jury Grand Prix and Best Actress for Birgit Minichmayr. TONI ERDMANN celebrated its world premiere in competition at Cannes 2016 and won the International Critics' Award and FIPRESCI Grand Prix, European and German Film Awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe, César, BAFTA and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Three's a Crowd: Meet the Komplizen

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Hiwot Admasu Getaneh

After studying engineering, she joined the Blue Nile Film Academy where, in 2015, she directed her first short film, NEW EYES, which screened at Venice and Toronto. Her short documentary, LETTERS FROM ETHIOPIA, was selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Durban Talents and the Locarno Summer Academy, among others, and has participated in the Realness African Screenwriters Residency.

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Screening Shorts: We Are Many - Every Single One of Us

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Isona Admetlla

Barcelona-born and Berlin-based sociologist, cultural manager and audience designer. She is part of the Berlinale-World Cinema Fund team since 2009. She combines her work at the World Cinema Fund with her activity as tutor, consultor, trainer and film project evaluator for different festivals, film commissions, universities and cultural institutions worldwide with a special focus on Spain and Latin America.

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Talents Circles: Building on Common Ground

Meet the Experts: World Cinema Fund

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Paula Alamillo

Paula Alamillo Rodriguez is a writer, producer, casting director and co-founder of Amard Bird Films in Berlin. They have produced five feature films, all of which premiered in international festivals like Berlinale, Toronto or Guadalajara and have been screened internationally. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2016 and was selected for the Talent Project Market in 2018. The film COCOON, which they co-produced, will premiere at Berlinale 2020.

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Mutual Agreement: A Fair Film Workshop

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Frank W. Albers

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.

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Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung: Award Ceremony

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Heba Y. Amin

Heba Y. Amin is a visual artist, researcher and lecturer based in Berlin who examines the convergence of politics, technology and architecture. Amin is the co-founder of the Black Athena Collective and a current Field of Vision fellow (NYC). She has an extensive repertoire in public speaking. Furthermore, she is one of the artists behind the subversive graffiti action on the set of the TV series HOMELAND which received worldwide media attention.

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World Building Live: Decoding Stories

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Andrew Amondson

Andrew Amondson is a 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 and is currently a member of the production and development team at Studio Olafur Eliasson. He is based in Berlin and Los Angeles.

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Forks and Other Weapons: A Propmaker's World

Puppet Regime: Dogs and Snails in Stop-Motion

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Mirwan Andan

Mirwan Andan studied Islamic studies at a boarding school in Watampone, French literature at the Hasanuddin University (Makassar) and comparative politics at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. He acted as an advisor and researcher for the Jakarta Biennale 2015. He is a researcher and developer at ruangrupa, where he took part in curating SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION in Arnhem, Netherlands. He is part of the artistic direction for the upcoming documenta 15 in Kassel, Germany.

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Art to Live in: Hang Out with ruangrupa

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Nardjes Asli

Nardjes A. is an Algerian activist and the protagonist of Karim Aïnouz's eponymous documentary. In it, he accompanies her for 24 hours on International Women’s Day in March 2019 - and captures a picture of a youth that is confidently taking to the streets for a democratic future for Algeria, the country for whose independence their parents and grandparents once fought.

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Talents Table Talk: Places like Home

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Karim Aïnouz

Karim Aïnouz is a director, screenwriter and an artist. His film PRAIA DO FUTURO screened in the 2014 Berlinale Competition in 2014, while his documentary ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF was presented in Panorama in 2018 and won the Amnesty International Film Prize. A VIDA INVISÍVEL received the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes in 2019. He teaches screenwriting at the Brazilian institute Porto Iracema das Artes and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Talents Table Talk: Places like Home

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Tan Bee Thiam

Tan Bee Thiam directed the short film KOPI JULIA and co-directed the film adaptation FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY with Lei Yuan Bin. He is currently in post-production with his debut feature TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB. He produced Lei Yuan Bin’s WHITE DAYS and 03-FLATS, Liao Jiekai’s RED DRAGONFLIES and AS YOU WERE, as well as Daniel Hui’s SNAKESKIN and DEMONS (Berlinale Forum 2019). He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2015), Rotterdam Lab and EAVE.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Sandra Beerends

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).

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Marjorie Bendeck Regalado

Originally from Honduras, she holds degrees in communications, marketing and organizational psychology, as well as in film studies from Mexico and the EICTV in Cuba. Based in Germany since 2003, she is engaged as a consultant for co-production markets, festivals and funds, as well as being a mentor for training initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. She worked as moderator, catalogue author and selection advisor for Berlinale NATIVe until 2019.

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Protocols & Pathways: Indigenous Film Sets

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María Berríos

María Berríos is a sociologist, writer, independent curator, and co-founder of the Chilean editorial collective vaticanochico. Her work traverses art, culture and politics with a special interest in the collective experiments of the Third World movement and their exhibition formats in the 1960s and 70s.

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Carte Blanche: Crossroads in Curation

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Kathi Bildhauer

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.

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Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

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Nicolas Blanc

Associate Producer at AGAT FILMS & CIE et Ex Nihilo since 1992.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer, humanitarian and dedicated member of the arts community. Her performances have garnered three BAFTAs, three SAG Awards, two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. She also serves as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Her upcoming drama series STATELESS, which she co-created and executive produced with her production company Dirty Films, examines issues of displacement in a dysfunctional immigration system and will have its world premiere at the 2020 Berlinale.

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Talents Table Talk: Places like Home

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Martina Bleis

Martina is head and project curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. In addition to completing her MA, she is also a graduate of the EAVE Producers Workshop and gained experience in both film festivals and film production. In addition to the Berlinale Co-Production Market, she consults as a curatorial advisor and a mentor – in particular for up-and-coming producers and directors – for several international training and coproduction initiatives.

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Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

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Sol Bondy

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.

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Nadir Bouhmouch

Nadir Bouhmouch is a filmmaker and writer based in Marrakech. His works as a director include MY MAKHZEN & ME, TIMNADIN N RIF, and PARADISES OF THE EARTH. Produced collectively by the villagers of Imider, his latest film, AMUSSU, premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. He has also published various articles and essays.

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Cinema From Below: Movements of Resistance

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Kathrin Brinkmann

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.

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Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

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.

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Timm Brückner

Timm Brückner studied cinematography at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam, Germany, followed by employment at the ARRI Camera Service Center in New York. Simultaneously, he started his career in the lighting department. Since 1997, he has been working full time as a gaffer on a wide variety of productions that include over 80 feature films, television movies, commercials and music videos.

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Vincenzo Bugno

Vincenzo Bugno worked as a journalist and film critic; for several years he has been a consultant/curator for film festivals. Since 2002 Vincenzo Bugno has worked at the Berlinale in various capacities, as Selection Committee Member and Festival Delegate. He is the Head of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, founded 2004 with the objective of supporting film production in regions lacking a structurally strong film industry. He is also Curator of the TFL-TorinoFIlmLab.

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Inside Out: Cinema on the Verge

Meet the Experts: World Cinema Fund

Talents Circles: Building on Common Ground

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Mark Bukdahl

Editor Mark Bukdahl graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017. He has worked in an array of genres and formats, predominantly on feature-length documentaries and art films. LAST AND FIRST MEN is his first appearance at Berlinale, while other works have been selected for, among others, IDFA, CPH:DOX and Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

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Meredith Burkholder

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.

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Speaking the Youth: Writing Teenage Series

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Pedro Butcher

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

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Stefan Butzmühlen

Stefan Butzmühlen is a film and video artist and the founder of the German distribution company Grandfilm. As a director and author, he has shot several videos, among them the award-winning short NACH KLARA. His first feature SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS premiered at the Berlinale in 2013 and was shown at numerous international festivals. His second feature RADIANT SEA was released in Germany in 2016. He also works as a director of theatre and radio plays.

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Nils Bökamp

Nils Bökamp commissions original documentaries for Netflix. He has directed, written and produced documentaries and fiction features for over a decade, setting up his own company with Felix Kriegsheim in 2009. Recent credits include the docuseries DAY ZERO, the documentary feature GREEN GAP and the development of ACT UP – a drama series based on LGBT History. Nils is a founding member of Media Frontline e.V., a non-profit organisation of award-winning media representatives.

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Common Grounds: Sustainable Film Business

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Didi Cheeka

Didi Cheeka is an off-Nollywood filmmaker and critic. He is the editor of the Lagos Film Review and co-founder and curator of the Lagos Film Society, an alternative cinema centre dedicated to establishing Nigeria's first arthouse cinema. He is also the artistic director of Decasia, the first Berlin-Lagos Archival Film Festival. He is currently engaged in a documentary on the forgotten history of Nigeria's post-war cinema (1967-70).

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Collecting Memory: Archives of the Future

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Jay Clarke

Jay Clarke is a storyboard artist whose career began on WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. This led to his role as lead storyboard artist for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which won a Silver Bear and an Oscar for Best Production Design. He storyboarded Wes Anderson’s next animated film ISLE OF DOGS. In 2014, he was honoured by the Art Directors Guild of America. Clarkes next work can be seen in THE FRENCH DISPATCH later this year. He is currently storyboarding at Netflix Feature Animation and creating an illustrated children’s novel.

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Puppet Regime: Dogs and Snails in Stop-Motion

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Agustina Comedi

Agustina Comedi is an Argentinian screenwriter and filmmaker. After studying modern literature, she made her feature-length debut, SILENCE IS A FALLING BODY, which premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2017. The film went on to be selected for over 50 festivals, winning multiple awards.

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Screening Shorts: We Are Many - Every Single One of Us

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AC Coppens

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.

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Talents Circles: Accepting Collectivity

Talents Circles: Together Forever and Never Apart

Talents Circles: Coproduction Mon Amour

Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

Talents Circles: Building on Common Ground

Talents Circles Expanded: Master Your Ideas

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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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Collective Change: The Age of Amateur Cinema

Change of Focus: Caleb's Camera

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Filipa César

Born in 1975 in Porto, Portugal, Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. She is interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary, and the economies, politics and poetics inherent in cinema praxis. Her work is widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, biennials and festivals.

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Collecting Memory: Archives of the Future

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Denis Côté

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

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Talents Circles: Accepting Collectivity

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Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker’s feature film SHIRLEY recently had its world premiere at Sundance in 2020 where she won the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking. MADELINE'S MADELINE premiered at Sundance in 2018, and went on to screen at the Berlinale. Her first two narrative features premiered at Berlinale Forum in 2014. She also explores collaborative storytelling via TV directing, documentary making, performance art, acting, teaching at CalArts and Princeton University, and leading artist residencies.

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Blind Trust: Dialogues in Image and Space

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Caleb Deschanel

Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. He has been nominated for THE RIGHT STUFF (1983), THE NATURAL (1984), FLY AWAY HOME (1996), THE PATRIOT (2000), THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004) and NEVER LOOK AWAY (2018).

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Change of Focus: Caleb's Camera

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Claire Diao

Member of the Directors’ Fortnight selection committee, Claire Diao hosts the weekly TV show CINÈ LE MAG on Canal Plus and runs the distribution company Sudu Connexion. She collaborates with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. In 2018, she received the Beaumarchais Medal for her essay “Double Vague, le nouveau souffle du cinéma français” and was listed as one of the 2019 “Future Leaders – Programmers & Curators” by Screen International.

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Carte Blanche: Crossroads in Curation

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Juan Diaz Bohorquez

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 the 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.

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World Building Live: Decoding Stories

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Katharina Domnick

Katharina Domnick, LL.M., is a lawyer at Brehm & v. Moers in Berlin and advises national and international clients in the film and TV industry on copyright, entertainment and media law. She teaches in the MA programme in Digital Media Law and Management at the Erich Pommer Institute, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and University of Potsdam, and regularly holds workshops on film production-related topics. She studied law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Columbia Law School in New York.

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Meet the Experts: Rights Clearance

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Jonas Dornbach

From 2002 to 2009, Jonas Dornbach was managing director of his own company, Kinoherz. In 2006, he completed his studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). He has been a permanent producer at Komplizen Film since 2010 as well as a partner and managing director since 2014. Among other films, he co-produced TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade and A FANTASTIC WOMAN by Sebastián Lelio. He is a member of the ACE and EAVE networks as well as the German, British and European Film Academies.

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Three's a Crowd: Meet the Komplizen

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Teboho Edkins

Teboho Edkins studied photography and fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town and film at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. He then received a directing degree at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. His films have been shown at over 400 festivals and in group and solo exhibitions, including at Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In 2015, his film COMING OF AGE screened in Generation.

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Days of Cannibalism

Talents Circles: Coproduction Mon Amour

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Don Edkins

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.

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Talents Circles: Coproduction Mon Amour

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Tamer El Said

Tamer El Said is a filmmaker living between Berlin and Cairo. He founded Zero Production in 2007 to produce independent films. He is also a founder of the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo. His first feature-length film, IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale where it won the Caligari Film Prize. The film was invited to over 180 festivals, receiving more than 15 international awards.

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Collecting Memory: Archives of the Future

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Mohamad El-Hadidi

Mohamad El-Hadidi is an Egyptian filmmaker and a co-founder of Rufy’s Films, a film production house based in Alexandria. He co-directed and co-produced the feature THE MICE ROOM (2013). Since then, he has been working as a producer and cinematographer on many shorts and features that have been screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Berlinale, IDFA and Tampere. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2018.

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Cinema From Below: Movements of Resistance

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Rabih El-Khoury

Managing director of the the Metropolis Association, which runs the only art house cinema in Lebanon. He has also collaborated with the cultural association Beirut DC as general coordinator for its Arab film festival The Cinema Days of Beirut since 2006. He has organized more than 15 Arab film weeks in the Arab World and Europe and is currently the programme manager of Talents Beirut.

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Meet the Cinema Founders

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Bonnie Elliott

Bonnie Elliott is an award-winning cinematographer who works across drama, documentary and video art. Recent credits include six part drama series STATELESS, created by Cate Blanchett, and feature film H IS FOR HAPPINESS directed by John Sheedy, which both premiere at the Berlinale in 2020. Her latest collaboration with artist Angelica Mesiti was ASSEMBLY for the Australian Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

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Susanne Ewenstein

Susanne is the Project Manager at Little Sun Foundation. After being a Little Sun representative in South Africa for several years, Susanne has recently joined the Little Sun team in Berlin to look after the foundation’s impact projects in Africa. She works together with local partners to bring solar light and phone charging to refugee camps and to students in areas with no reliable power.

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Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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Popo Fan

Popo Fan is a Berlin-based filmmaker, writer and activist from China. His queer documentaries have made a notable impact on Chinese society. Since 2016, he has concentrated on scripted, sex-positive shorts. He has served as an organiser for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, and is the founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. He participated in Berlinale Talents in 2017 and was a jury member of the Teddy Award in 2019.

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Mutual Agreement: A Fair Film Workshop

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Jared Fryer

Jared Fryer is a Berlin-based writer, director, editor and performer. After becoming well-acquainted with the Los Angeles film business while attending UCLA, he returned to his native England where he worked for several years as a freelancer. Armed with this experience, he founded Cinema Jam, a London-based international organisation that for six years hosted intimate film industry events with some of the biggest names in the UK film business.

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Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

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Chloé Galibert-Laîné

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.

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Fabian Gasmia

German producer for DETAiLFILM and Zentropa. He works with directors like Hans Petter Molland, Karim Ainouz and Olivier Assayas and actors like Kristen Stewart, Wagner Moura and Isabelle Huppert. At the 2016 Berlinale he presents L'AVENIR by Mia Hansen-Løve in Competition and BERLIN METANOIA by Erik Schmitt in the Generations 14+ section.

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Talents Circles Expanded: Master Your Ideas

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Gyula Gazdag

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.

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Sergei Gepshtein

Sergei Gepshtein, PhD, is a scientist studying human perception and action from a mechanistic perspective of neuroscience and from a perspective that respects experience as a research theme in and of itself. He works at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (San Diego) where he directs studies on Adaptive Sensory Technologies, and at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) where he directs the Center for Spatial Perception & Concrete Experience. He is a founding member of the World Building Institute in Los Angeles.

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World Building Live: Decoding Stories

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Aurélie Godet

Aurélie Godet was the Deputy Director of UniFrance’s New York office from 2006 to 2010. After relocating to Europe, she worked as a consultant for production companies. In 2013, she joined the selection committee of the Locarno Festival, where she remained a programmer for six years. She also contributed to the 3 Continents and La Roche-sur-Yon film festivals. In 2019, she co-founded “Parenting at Film Fests”, a collective of film professionals aiming for a better work-life balance. She is a member of the advisory committee at Arte France Cinéma.

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Meet the Expert: Parenting at Film Festivals

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Berni Goldblat

Berni Goldblat has been directing and producing films since 1999, mainly in Africa. In 2006, he founded Les films du Djabadjah, a production company in Burkina Faso. He went on to direct CEUX DE LA COLLINE, a multi-award-winning documentary. In 2017, his first narrative feature WALLAY premiered in Berlinale Generation and was shown at 250 festivals. He is a jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards and a member of the European Film Academy.

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Multi Plebs: Build Your Own Cinema!

Meet the Cinema Founders

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Alexandra Gramatke

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 Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg since 2008.

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Djamila Grandits

Djamila Grandits is a Vienna based curator, programmer and cultural worker. As part of CineCollective she’s responsible fo the artistic direction and management of Kaleidoskop Film und Freiluft am Karlsplatz. Currently she is part off the selection committees of Filmfestival Kitzbühel and frameout digital summer screenings. She works as moderator and host of various panels, events and interviews and cares about the intersections and deconstruction of theoretical concepts, artistic-, political- and activist forms.

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Carte Blanche: Crossroads in Curation

Non-Fiction Poems: Freeing Docs

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Karol Griffiths

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.

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Veronika Grob

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.

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Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

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Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen worked with Sebastian Schipper on VICTORIA, which won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for its cinematography at the 65th Berlinale. He worked on Benh Zeitlin’s WENDY and on Josephine Decker’s SHIRLEY, which both had their world premiere at Sundance 2020. Upcoming projects include Jóhann Jóhannssons’ LAST AND FIRST MEN, which will premiere at Berlinale 2020, NEXT ROUND by Thomas Vinterberg and THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt.

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Blind Trust: Dialogues in Image and Space

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Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic composer, cello player and singer. Her work for film and television includes SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO and MARY MAGDALENE. For JOKER she received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best original score. For her work on the HBO series CHERNOBYL, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

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Play It by Ear: Hildur's Musical Intuitions

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Pola Hahn

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.

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Studio Circles

Art to Live in: Hang Out with ruangrupa

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Mille Haynes

Script Station Coordinator since 2019, Haynes (MA in Film Studies and EAVE graduate) is a Copenhagen-based producer working alongside acclaimed producer Meta Louise Foldager (Antichrist, Melancholia, The Wife, Gräns) at Meta Film. She also works as script editor for Adam Price (Borgen) and Søren Sveistrup (The Killing). Previously, she was commissioning editor for DFI’s talent scheme and head of CPH:DOX’s international filmmakers lab, CPH:LAB.

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Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck works with the moving image in various ways. She creates video projections for theatre, opera, dance and music concerts, as well as video installations for exhibitions and museums. She teaches at art schools and works for film festivals as a programmer, moderator or member of the jury. Her focus is on short film. She was a member of the selection team for twelve years before becoming the head of Berlinale Shorts in 2019.

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Ctrl Alt Del: Leaving the System

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Daniel Hui

Daniel Hui is a filmmaker, artist and a graduate of the film programme at California Institute of the Arts. He has made three feature-length films: ECLIPSES (Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent, Doclisboa IFF 2013), SNAKESKIN (Special Jury Award TFFDoc, Torino 2014; Award of Excellence, Yamagata IDFF 2015; Special Jury Mention, RIDM Montreal 2015), and DEMONS (in Competition, Kim Jiseok Award, Busan IFF 2018; Berlinale Forum 2019).

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Maike Mia Höhne

Maike Mia Höhne is a filmmaker, curator, mother. From 2007 to 2019 she was the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts. Now she is the artistic director the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg. She works as a curator and jury member for film funds and festivals around the world. As a professor of film, she teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Hamburg. Her curatorial focus is on politics, sex and feminism.

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Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Jakob Kirstein Høgel

Jakob Kirstein Høgel is a producer of exhibitions, films and new formats at the National Museum of Denmark 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.

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Janine Jackowski

Janine Jackowski studied production at the HFF Munich. During her studies, she co-founded Komplizen Film with Maren Ade. Among others she produced Maren Ade’s EVERYONE ELSE and TONI ERDMANN as well as Sebastián Lelio’s A FANTASTIC WOMAN. She participated in the Producer on the Move programme 2009 and is a member of the ACE Network, as well as the German, British and European Film Academies.

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Three's a Crowd: Meet the Komplizen

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Pavel Jech

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.

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Liao Jiekai

Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker based in Singapore/Japan and a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. His debut film RED DRAGONFLIES (2010) won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival. His sophomore film AS YOU WERE (2014) competed at film festivals in Tokyo, Torino and Nantes. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012 and is currently in post-production on his third feature film LIGHT OF A BURNING MOTH (2020).

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Anja Joos

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.

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Meet the Experts: Casting II

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Christina Just

Christina Just studied European Literatures and Scandinavian Studies. Between 2016 and 2019, she worked for the Berlinale special series NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema. She joined the Berlinale Talents Team in 2019.

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Studio Circles

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Jürgen Jürges

Cinematographer Jürgen Jürges has shot over 105 films, collaborating with directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Michael Haneke. His credits include ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF, EFFIE BRIEST, CHRISTIANE F – WIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO and FUNNY GAMES. Among other awards, he has received the Deutscher Kamerapreis four times. He worked on Ilya Khrzhanovskiy’s DAU project from 2008 until 2011; DAU. NATASHA premieres at this year's Berlinale Competition.

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Mass Movement: The DAU Project

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Henning Kamm

A producer, alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2012 and co-founder of Detailfilm and Zentropa Hamburg, Henning Kamm now runs Real Film in Berlin. His films have won a German Film Award, a Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary and a Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and have screened at festivals including the Berlinale, Sundance and Venice. He produced SHARQIYA (Berlinale Panorama 2012), PRAIA DO FUTURO by Karim Ainouz (Berlinale Competition 2014) and THE LAMB by Kutlug Ataman (Panorama 2014).

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Talents Circles: Coproduction Mon Amour

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Butheina Kazim

Butheina Kazim lives and works in Dubai. She is the founder of Cinema Akil, the only arthouse cinema in the Gulf region programming repertory cinema programmes. They screen films at their flagship home on Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and through a nomadic cinema that travels across the United Arab Emirates. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens.

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Multi Plebs: Build Your Own Cinema!

Meet the Cinema Founders

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Ilya Khrzhanovskiy

Born in Moscow, USSR in 1975, the director and producer graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1998. His debut film, 4, won a Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2006, he started working on DAU, a multi-disciplinary project at the intersection of cinema, art and anthropology.

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Mass Movement: The DAU Project

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Robin Klengel

Robin Klengel is an artist, illustrator and cultural anthropologist. Since 2017, he is vice chairman of the interdisciplinary art and culture space Forum Stadtpark in Graz. In 2018, he received the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, the award for ‘Best Austrian Film’ at VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, the Audience Award at the Shortwave Film Festival in Poznan and the Explorer Award at the A Maze.-Festival Berlin, amongst others.

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Ctrl Alt Del: Leaving the System

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Sonja Klümper

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. Their co-production, COCOON, is the opening film of Berlinale Generation 2020.

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Mutual Agreement: A Fair Film Workshop

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Klaus Knapp

Klaus Knapp launched the sound studio TRIXX Studios in 1985, after gaining extensive experience as a guitar player, engineer and producer in different Berlin venues (Schiller Theatre, Hansa Studios). Artists who have recorded at TRIXX include Fleetwood Mac, Rammstein, Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, Maceo Parker, Billie Eilish, Wolfgang Tillmans and Frank Ocean, as well as the directors Tom Tykwer, Bernd Eichinger and Volker Schlöndorf.

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Matthijs Wouter Knol

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.

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Three's a Crowd: Meet the Komplizen

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Kristof Konrad

Kristof Konrad is a Polish-American actor who studied and worked with directors like Andrzej Wajda, Kenneth Branagh, Ron Howard, Francis Lawrence, and Roland Emmerich. He taught intensive acting film workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto and Melbourne. His screen credits include RED SPARROW, HOUSE OF CARDS, HOMECOMING, ANGELS AND DEMONS and INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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Stories in Motion: Live Acting Workshop

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Susan Korda

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.

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Kill Your Darlings

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Andreas Korn

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.

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Dine & Shine and Announcement of the Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

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Rabea Koss

Rabea Koss is the Communications Director of Berlin-based global project Little Sun, founded by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. Launched in 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, Little Sun brings clean, reliable, affordable energy to the 1.1 billion people in the world living without electricity while raising awareness for energy access and climate action worldwide through school workshops, artistic activities and creative campaigns. She also serves as spokesperson for Klimanotstand Berlin, a local citizen’s initiative which led to Berlin recognizing the climate emergency in December 2019.

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Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky began his career at the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio in 1978 as an assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor. In 1988, he graduated from the Higher Courses for Film Writers and Directors Institute in Moscow. He has taken on the roles of writer, director, editor and cinematographer in many of his films. His international breakthrough, THE BELOVS, won the Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA in Amsterdam. Since then, his work has continued to win numerous awards. His most recent film, AQUARELA, premiered at Venice in 2018

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Non-Fiction Poems: Freeing Docs

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Leonie Krippendorff

Leonie Krippendorff studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf from 2009 to 2016. Her graduation film, LOOPING, was nominated for numerous national and international prizes and won several awards. In February 2018, she participated in the Berlinale Talents Script Station with the screenplay for her debut feature film, KOKON. In 2019, she was a jury member for the Max Ophüls Prize and Achtung Berlin film festivals.

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Mutual Agreement: A Fair Film Workshop

Kokon

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Christiane Krone-Raab

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Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

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Beatrice Kruger

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

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Meet the Experts: Casting II

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Merle Kröger

Merle Kröger is a novelist, script writer and dramaturg. Her company Pong Film produces artistic documentaries and hybrid films for international release. Pong Film’s PURPLE SEA by Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed is screening in Berlinale Forum Expanded 2020. She is co-director at the Professional Media Master Class in Halle (Saale) and teaches project development. The hybrid feature EUROPE by Philip Scheffner, and her novel “Die Experten” will be published soon.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

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Itamar Kubovy

Itamar Kubovy is the executive director of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he founded and co-curates the critically acclaimed International Collaborators Project, which opens the choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields. Before joining Pilobolus, he studied philosophy at Yale, ran theatres in Germany and Sweden, directed plays, co-directed the 2002 season finale of THE WEST WING, and made a film, UPHEAVAL, starring Frances McDormand.

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World Building Live: Decoding Stories

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Sibylle Kurz

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.

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Jukka-Pekka Laakso

Jukka-Pekka Laakso is has been the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival since 2002. 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.

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Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Anne Lakeberg

Anne Lakeberg 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. For over five years she has successfully run the arthouse cinema City Kino Wedding in Berlin, hosting Berlinale Goes Kiez since 2016. The cinema programme has been awarded with the German Kinoprogrammpreis by BKM and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg several times.

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Around the Block: Talents Goes Kiez

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Dorota Lech

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).

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Talents Circles: Accepting Collectivity

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Kevin B. Lee

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.

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Ctrl Alt Del: Leaving the System

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Zoe Leigh Hopkins

Zoe Hopkins is a Heiltsuk and Mohawk woman, born in Bella Bella, a fishing village on Canada’s west coast. She is now raising her son in her father’s community of Six Nations, Ontario, where she learned to speak and teach the Mohawk language. She drew upon her personal connection to the Great Bear Rainforest for her award-winning first feature film, KAYAK TO KLEMTU, and is now in post-production on her second feature film, RUNNING HOME.

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Protocols & Pathways: Indigenous Film Sets

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Jeannette Liendo

Jeannette Liendo is senior vice president of marketing and communications for Mastercard. There she leads brand, consumer and B2B marketing for Mastercard throughout Europe. Previously she was with Philips, where she was global vice president of business to government marketing and head of field marketing across all international markets. She has led sales and marketing teams in Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific.

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Dine & Shine and Announcement of the Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

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Sigrid Limprecht

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.

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Around the Block: Talents Goes Kiez

Talents Circles: Together Forever and Never Apart

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Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The Stockholm-based artist and animator’s short films have screened at international festivals including the Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, with THE BURDEN winning 83 awards so far, including the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Short Film. Alongside her film production work, she is also a sculptor and costume designer who has collaborated with artists such as Fever Ray and David Bowie.

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Puppet Regime: Dogs and Snails in Stop-Motion

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Dana Linssen

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.

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Mass Movement: The DAU Project

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Nadja Lischewski

Nadja Lischewski studied communication and political science and psychology (M.A.). She worked as a producer of documentaries for ARD, ZDF, arte and others. Since 2019, she is a project manager in the film industry department of Deutsche Welle Akademie where she is in charge of various film projects in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco to strengthen local film industries through capacity building and to promote the freedom of expression.

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Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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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), and regularly advises and lectures on rights clearance issues for the film industry.

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Meet the Experts: Rights Clearance

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Paulina Lorenz

Paulina Lorenz studied film, music and visual culture at the University of Hildesheim and Brown University, Providence and is currently doing an M.A. in migration studies in Copenhagen. She is interested in queer-feminist and postcolonial views on film and media culture and has worked for the German Migration Media Service and BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. With Jünglinge she develops and produces fictional and documentary projects for cinema and TV.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Lira Lousinha

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.

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Talents Circles: Together Forever and Never Apart

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Linn Löffler

Linn Löffler (born 1983 in East Berlin) is the programme coordinator for Berlinale Shorts. Since 2007, she has been active in the field of film production and cultural management, and has been working at the Berlinale since 2011. She is a founding member of the independent film collective LaborBerlin e.V. Linn studied Hungarian and Eastern European studies in Berlin.

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Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Sebastian Markt

Cinema worker Sebastian Markt studied history and philosophy in Vienna and Berlin. He is programme coordinator for Generation at the Berlinale and part of the programming team for dokfilmwoche Berlin. He writes on film for the publications Sissy, Perlentaucher, Indiekino and Die Zeit, among others. He is a projectionist.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Charlotte Mars

Charlotte Mars studied media arts at the University of Technology Sydney. Her films focus particularly on queer identity and the lives of women. After making her debut short film, AWAKE, along with two documentaries in collaboration with the director Maya Newell, she produced Amos Gebhardt’s video installation Evanescence in 2017. A guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, she currently lives in Sydney and Berlin.

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Screening Shorts: We Are Many - Every Single One of Us

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Gesa Marten

Gesa Marten is an editor, dramatic advisor and professor at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She was nominated for Best Editing at the German Television Awards for ABNEHMEN IN ESSEN and for the German Camera Award for KROKODILE, IM AUGENBLICK and GESCHWISTER VOGELBACH. She received the Filmplus Editing Prize for WAS LEBST DU? in 2005 and for PERESTROIKA in 2009. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Meike Martens

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.

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Catalina Marín Duarte

Catalina Marín Duarte is the editor of Dominga Sotomayor's award-winning features THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY, MAR and TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG, among other projects. She recently edited Omar Zuñiga’s first feature THE STRONG ONES as well as the artist Alejandra Prieto's film projects. Over the last four years, together with Dominga Sotomayor and Rafela Behrens, she has developed the arthouse cinema Cine CCC, conceived as a meeting point for Chilean cinema and its surrounding community.

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Multi Plebs: Build Your Own Cinema!

Meet the Cinema Founders

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Melody McKiver

Anishinaabe violist and composer Melody McKiver is based in Sioux Lookout (Northwestern Ontario) within their homelands of Lac Seul First Nation. Their work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Melody was an invited participant in the Banff Centre’s inaugural Indigenous Classical Music Gathering. We acknowledge the support of the FACTOR and the Government of Canada. This is part of the cultural programme related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.

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Dirk Meier

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 was head of 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.

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Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho began making short films while working full-time as a programmer, critic and journalist in the 1990s. CRÍTICO was his documentary debut feature. NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS, his first fiction feature film, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012 and was Brazil's Oscar entry. AQUARIUS screened in competition in Cannes in 2016 and was nominated for a César and an Independent Spirit Award. BACURAU, co-directed and co-written with Juliano Dornelles, won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2019.

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Inside Out: Cinema on the Verge

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Muriel Meynard

A producer since 2006 with the AGAT Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo collective, Muriel Meynard has produced more than 40 documentaries for television and cinema, including Roberto Minervini’s THE OTHER SIDE. She also produced Sébastien Lifshitz's documentaries, THE LIVES OF THÉRÈSE, selected for Directors' Fortnight in 2016, and ADOLESCENCE, which received the Prix Zonta in Critics' Week at Locarno 2019. LITTLE GIRL is premiering in Panorama at this year’s Berlinale.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

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Marija Milovanovic

Marija Milovanovic is a co-founder of Lemonade Films, an agency for festival strategies and distribution with a focus on Austrian short fiction, documentary, VR films and mixed media projects. Since 2008, she has been working for VIS Vienna Shorts, heading the international competition Fiction & Documentary and coordinating the industry events. She gained experience working at a multitude of other festivals, the sales agency Square Eyes and managing the Vienna Shorts Agency.

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Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren is one of the best-known and most respected actresses, with an international career that spans stage, screen and television and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in THE QUEEN. Her film credits include CAL (1984); THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (1989); THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1994); GOSFORD PARK (2001); and THE LAST STATION (2009). She was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

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Berlinale Homage: In Conversation with Helen Mirren

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Raquel Molt

Raquel Molt grew up in Berlin-Kreuzberg with an Indian/Nepalese/German family background. She studied in Hildesheim with a focus on film, queer-feminist theory and popular culture. Since 2016, she has been part of the film collective Jünglinge Film and worked as a casting director, assistant director and on the production of the feature film FUTUR DREI. In her work as a casting director, she deals with questions of representation and power dynamics within production contexts.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Hania Mroué

Founding member of the cinema association Beirut DC and founder and director of Metropolis Art Cinema. She managed Med-Screen, a Euromed Audiovisual II project for the promotion of Arab cinema, which presented Arab films at the two largest European film markets: Berlin and Cannes. She is also the director of Talents Beirut. Hania will share her expertise about filmmaking in the Arab world and discuss challenges facing Arab filmmakers today.

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Meet the Cinema Founders

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Juliane Männel

Juliane Männel has been the company manager of Rimini Protokoll since 2017. She studied dramaturgy at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig from 2003 until 2007 and has worked as a freelance dramaturg and production manager in Berlin since 2008. She has supervised projects for Rimini Protokoll, Dominic Huber / Savoy, Hans-Werner Kroesinger and the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop.

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Meet the Experts: Organizing a Collective

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Adrien Mérigeau

After studying at the French animation school EMCA, the filmmaker went to work for the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon on the Oscar-nominated feature films THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009) and SONG OF THE SEA (2014), both directed by Tomm Moore. He made his debut film as a director in 2010 with the short OLD FANGS. In 2015, he returned to France to begin work on his second short film, GENIUS LOCI.

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Screening Shorts: We Are Many - Every Single One of Us

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Sirkka Möller

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.

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Leonhard Müllner

Leonhard Müllner is a visual artist and media researcher. He studied visual art and media art and is currently writing his PHD in the field of cultural studies. His work has received several awards: the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, ‘Best Austrian Film’ at the VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, and others at Shortwaves Film Festival in Poznan and at the A MAZE. Festival in Berlin.

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Ctrl Alt Del: Leaving the System

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Aily Nash

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.

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Roshanak Behesht Nedjad

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, opened 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).

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Common Grounds: Sustainable Film Business

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Irit Neidhardt

Irit Neidhardt runs Mec Film, a distribution and co-production company for films from the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1995, she has taught and curated in the field of Arab cinema. She is the author of various articles on subjects relating to cinema and the Middle East, focusing on issues of co-operation and financing.

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Talents Circles: Building on Common Ground

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Sigrun Neisen

Since 2018, Sigrun Neisen has been the head of projects in the film industry department of the Deutsche Welle Akademie, where she is responsible for the supervision of projects and strategic developments. Their aim is to strengthen local film industries through capacity building and the promotion of freedom of expression. Previously she has been the project manager in the Asia and Europe division of the Deutsche Welle Akademie and producer and programme manager for RTL, UFA and others.

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Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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Natascha Noack

Natascha Noack works at the intersection of language, film, music and movement. She is a performer and choreographer, translates films and film theory, offers topic-related body and mind and somatic sessions in different contexts, appears as a voice-over artist and is a member of the selection committee of the Generation section at the Berlinale.

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Talents Pool 2: Body Mind Collective

Talents Pool 1: The Art of Arriving

Talents Pool 3: What to Leave Behind

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Jekaterina Oertel

Born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) in the USSR in 1966, Jekaterina Oertel she grew up in East Germany. She studied at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow and worked as a freelance make-up artist on numerous films and television productions. She has been involved in the DAU project since 2008 as a make-up and hair designer, as well as a director during editing.

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Mass Movement: The DAU Project

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Dominga Ortúzar

Dominga Ortúzar is a Chilean producer and film distributor. She started her career in CinemaChile, the public-private agency promoting Chilean cinema worldwide. She directed the audiovisual national programs of the Ministry of Culture, the National Network of Independent Cinemas, and the social initiative for audience engagement, Cinemóvil. She is a 2019 Talents alumna and co-founder of Oro Films, a young production company for upcoming filmmakers.

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Dine & Shine and Announcement of the Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

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Halima Ouardiri

The Swiss-Moroccan director and writer is a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Canada. Her first short film, MOKHTAR, screened in Generation at the 2011 Berlinale. CLEBS won the Best Canadian Short Film Award at the 2019 Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. She is currently developing her debut feature film, THE CAMEL DRIVING SCHOOL.

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Screening Shorts: We Are Many - Every Single One of Us

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Pilar Palomero

Pilar Palomero graduated with a degree in Hispanic philology from Zaragoza University before going on to work for several years as a screenwriter and teacher. In 2013, she took up a master’s in film direction at the Film Factory in Sarajevo where she was mentored by Béla Tarr. She is alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017. LAS NIÑAS, for which she also wrote the screenplay, is her debut feature film as a director.

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Las Niñas

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Julia Penner

Julia Penner is a Berlin-based screenwriter, who previously worked as a theatre-trained actress. In 2014, she founded the writers collective Schreibkollektiv Q3 together with six other screenwriters. She is head writer of the successful Web/TV series DRUCK (seasons three and four) about teenagers in Berlin. She is currently working on the next season. Her feature MY BEST FRIEND VOLKER about a drag queen in the suburbs, will be shot this summer for NDR.

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Speaking the Youth: Writing Teenage Series

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Ilya Permyakov

The Russian director completed a doctorate in philosophy in 2003. Between 2004 and 2008, he was curator of Videologia, an international festival of audiovisual arts. His video art has been presented in museums and galleries including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern in London. As part of the DAU project, he has directed three films and a series and has led a number of academic conferences.

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Mass Movement: The DAU Project

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Alejandro Pinedo

Alejandro Pinedo has worked in the production company Promocine (SITIADOS, EL REEMPLAZANTE, LOS ARCHIVOS DEL CARDENAL) as a producer and as a post-production coordinator for the TV series BERKO, EL ARTE DE CALLAR, co-produced with Fox Latam and IMAGO. He has also worked as a script advisor for Promocine and DDRIO ESTUDIOS, as well as for other independent works in progress. He currently works as a producer at CCC.

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Meet the Cinema Founders

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Alex Piperno

Alex Piperno studied film directing at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in Berlinale Talents. Following several short films, he completed WINDOW BOY WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE A SUBMARINE, his first feature film.

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Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino

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Franz Rodenkirchen

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.

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Jean-Louis Rodrigue

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.

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Stories in Motion: Live Acting Workshop

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Liz Rosenthal

Liz Rosenthal is known as a leading international expert on immersive and interactive storytelling and business models. She is programmer of immersive content for the Venice International Film Festival and executive producer at CreativeXR, an immersive content accelerator programme, along with being founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel. She is regularly invited to speak and mentor at major international events.

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Meet the Expert: Celebrating VR

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Julie Rousson

Julie Rousson holds a master’s degree in cultural project production. After working on projects at the Short Film Market, she permanently joined Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage in 2015, the association behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She coordinates the industry events programme, especially Euro Connection and #SHORT, along with managing relationships with administrative institutions. She is a member of the international competition selection committee.

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Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Rajendra Roy

Rajendra Roy is the chief curator of film at MoMA New York, where he manages a collection of over 30,000 works and has created exhibitions on Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders and Julia Reichert. He co-authored the book “The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule”. 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.

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Berlinale Homage: In Conversation with Helen Mirren

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María Laura Ruggiero

María Laura Ruggiero is an Argentine filmmaker and narrative designer specialising in emerging media. She teaches and speaks internationally on the subjects of narrative innovation, transmedia and virtual reality (SXSW, Mutek, MIT), she leads the nomadic lab StoryHackers and the production company SeirenFilms. She is a part of Ji.hlava Emerging Producers and Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School.

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Jason Ryle

Executive director at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world's largest Indigenous film festival, based in Toronto. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Vtape, an independent video distributor, and is a script reader for The Harold Greenberg Fund. As an award-winning writer, Jason has written for the Smithsonian Institution and several publications throughout North America.

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Protocols & Pathways: Indigenous Film Sets

Talents Circles: Accepting Collectivity

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Thomas Sabel

After being the head of on air and creative director of MTV Networks Europe/Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in London and Berlin, Thomas Sabel has worked as a freelance director/producer and creative director of one/one-studio since 2007. He is a project manager at Deutsche Welle Akademie in the film industry department and is responsible for country studies and inter-divisional projects with a regional focus on Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Latin America, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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Ronja Salmi

Ronja Salmi is an author, journalist and the CEO of Ryöväri, a company specializing in social media storytelling. They launched the world’s first Instagram Stories drama series, KARMA, and Finland’s first chat-fiction series, GIRLSQUAD. She hosts her own TV show WHAT’S UP, RONJA SALMI? where she works together with her Instagram community. Since 2018, she has been the programme head for the Helsinki Book Fair, the biggest literature event in the Nordics.

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Speaking the Youth: Writing Teenage Series

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Daniel Saltzwedel

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.

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Common Grounds: Sustainable Film Business

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Anas Sareen

Anas Sareen is a Swiss editor and screenwriter. He moves to Paris in the spring.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

Play It by Ear: Hildur's Musical Intuitions

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Juan Sarmiento

Colombian cinematographer Juan Sarmiento works on fictional and documentary storytelling. His films have been awarded at festivals like Cannes (Short Film Palme d'Or, LEIDI), Berlinale (Amnesty Award, CENTRAL AIRPORT THF), Marrakech (Golden Star, VALLEY OF SOULS), Zurich (Golden Eye, BREAKING HORIZONS) etc. He was the winner of the Ibero-American film award Fenix for CENTRAL AIRPORT THF and nominee for the Imago International Cinematography Award and German Cinematography Award.

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Philip Scheffner

Born in Homburg an der Saar, Germany in 1966. He lives in Berlin, where he works as an artist and filmmaker. He runs the production platform Pong Film along with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet, and Caroline Kirberg.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

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Andreas Schreitmüller

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Talents Circles: Coproduction Mon Amour

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Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

A curator at the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin and the head of the Berlinale Forum Expanded section, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is also the co-founder and a board member of the Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Frankfurt/Main.

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Collecting Memory: Archives of the Future

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Viola Shafik

Freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation. She lectured at the American University in Cairo, the Zürich University, the Humboldt Universty in Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She was the Head of Studies of the Documentary Campus MENA programme 2011-2013. Moreover she worked as a consultant for La Biennale di Venezia as well as the Dubai Film Connection and is a member of the selection committees of the al-Rawi Screenwriters Lab, the Doha Film Institute, and the World Cinema Fund (Berlinale). She directed several documentaries, most notably MY NAME IS NOT ALI and ARIJ – SCENT OF REVOLUTION.

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Cinema From Below: Movements of Resistance

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Faraz Shariat

Before studying dramatic arts at the University of Hildesheim, Faraz Shariat worked as a director and actor at Schauspiel Köln and on video installations for Staatstheater Hannover. His work focuses on post-migrant experiences and stories about immigrant families. His debut feature film, FUTUR DREI, premieres in Panorama at this year’s Berlinale. The film has been developed in collaboration with Paulina Lorenz and Raquel Molt of the Jünglinge film collective.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Ulla Simonen

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.”

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Patrick Sobelman

Born in Paris, France in 1956, the producer co-founded the Ex Nihilo production company in 1984. He has been a partner in Agat Films & Cie since 1993. He has produced more than 50 films, including THE TOGETHER PROJECT by Sólveig Anspach, which was presented in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2016 and won the SACD Award, and THE SUMMER HOUSE by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, which premiered at Venice in 2018. GOLDA MARIA is his directorial debut.

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Collective & Co: Needs and Ideals

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Dominga Sotomayor

Chilean writer, director and producer. After founding the production company Cinestaciónin 2008 she directed the short films NOVEMBER, BELOW, THE MOUNTAIN and VIDEOGAME, before co-directing her feature debut THE ISLAND in 2013, which won several international awards. In 2014 she directed MAR, which is part of this year's Berlinale Forum section. Additionally, during the last years, she has worked as a university film teacher and realized videos for exhibitions like "Little Sun" (Olafur Eliasson, September 2012) in the Tate Modern in London.

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Multi Plebs: Build Your Own Cinema!

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Verena von Stackelberg

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.

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Blind Trust: Dialogues in Image and Space

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Loretta Stern

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.

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Dine & Shine and Announcement of the Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

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Martin Steyer

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.

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Michael Stumpf

Michael Stumpf was born in 1985 in Wels. He studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and is currently studying media, art and culture theories at the University of Art and Design Linz. He works as a cultural theorist, an artist and as a designer.

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Ctrl Alt Del: Leaving the System

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Lisa Stutzky

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. Nora Fingscheidt's SYSTEM CRASHER was pre-selected for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and nominated for the German Film Awards. She recently completed work on the Netflix projects HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE, ISI & OSSI, and BETONRAUSCH, as well as the Warner Bros. feature film GENERATION CAN'T COMMIT.

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Meet the Expert: Casting I

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Sandra Stöckmann

Sandra Stöckmann is a Berlin-based screenwriter. In 2014, she founded the writers collective Schreibkollektiv Q3 together with six other screenwriters. She is head writer of the Grimme-nominated Web/TV series DRUCK (season four) about teenagers in Berlin and is working on the next season. In 2019, she screened her docufiction STUNDEN DER ENTSCHEIDUNG about Angela Merkel and the refugee crisis.

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Speaking the Youth: Writing Teenage Series

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Tusi Tamasese

Tusi Tamasese studied social sciences at the University of Waikato before graduating from the New Zealand Film & Television School. He went on to receive a master’s in screenwriting at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington. His film THE ORATOR screened in the Berlinale’s NATIVe programme in 2013. ONE THOUSAND ROPES premiered in Panorama in 2017.

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Protocols & Pathways: Indigenous Film Sets

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Christine Tröstrum

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.

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Opening Ceremony

Producers and Market Welcome

Directors Welcome

Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

Talents Circles: We've Got Your Back in Berlin

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Selina Ukwuoma

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.

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Annemie Vanackere

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.

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Opening Ceremony

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Anita Voorham

Anita began her career story editing for several TV series. She worked as a development executive for the Dutch broadcaster NTR and was one of Torino Film Lab’s tutors. She has participated in the Berlinale Talents Script Station, Venice Biennale Cinema College and the selection committee for CineMart Rotterdam. She just completed a four-year term as a commissioner at the Netherlands Film Fund and is a graduate of the 2018 EAVE Producers Workshop.

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Florian Weghorn

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. Between 2012 and 2019, Florian was also a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.

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Opening Ceremony

Producers and Market Welcome

Directors Welcome

Global Speed Matching

Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung: Award Ceremony

Talents Circles: Together Forever and Never Apart

Talents Table Talk: Places like Home

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Inbal Weinberg

Production designer Inbal Weinberg is co-founder of the Production Designers Collective, an international group dedicated to sharing expertise. Among her projects are the award-winning films BEASTS OF NO NATION, SUSPIRIA and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, earning her an Art Directors' Guild Award nomination. She has worked with director Derek Cianfrance on films BLUE VALENTINE and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, recently wrapping his HBO mini-series I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE.

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Meet the Production Designers Collective

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Simon Weisse

The prop maker, production designer and model builder Simon Weisse represents an increasingly rare profession in the world of film production – the craft of miniature stage construction. Using examples he worked on, like Tom Tykwer’s PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES and series like HOMELAND and BERLIN STATION, he will explain numerous techniques and methods of his craft, from the design stage through to shooting on set.

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Forks and Other Weapons: A Propmaker's World

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Wim Wenders

Wender’s work has regularly screened at international festivals. His long list of film credits include the 3D films PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2014) and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015), all of which premiered at the Berlinale. He was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement in 2015.

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Talents Circles Expanded: Master Your Ideas

Dine & Shine and Announcement of the Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

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Dorothee Wenner

Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

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Multi Plebs: Build Your Own Cinema!

Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

Meet the Cinema Founders

Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

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Lysann Windisch

Lysann Windisch has organised and programmed various events focusing on Eastern European cinema. In 2018, she joined the Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon as festival and partner liaison manager. Since 2019, she has been running the Next Wave training programme at the DFFB film school in Berlin. She mentors the CICAE training programme in Venice and in 2020 also started leading the marketing activities of MUBI in Germany.

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Around the Block: Talents Goes Kiez

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Lei Yuan Bin

Lei Yuan Bin is a founding member of film collective 13 Little Pictures. He directed, shot and edited WHITE DAYS, 03-FLATS, the short film A DANCE FOR REN HANG and I DREAM OF SINGAPORE (Berlinale Panorama 2020). He co-directed FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY with Tan Bee Thiam. A Berlinale Talents alumnus (2016), he was the director of photography for Daniel Hui’s DEMONS, along with Liao Jiekaiʼs RED DRAGONFLIES and AS YOU WERE.

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Future Intense: Queer Film Collectives

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Maryam Zaree

When she was two, Maryam Zaree’s mother fled with her from Iran to Germany to escape political persecution. She studied acting at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She played the leading role in Burhan Qurbani’s SHAHADA, which screened in Berlinale Competition 2010. In 2018, Maryam received a Grimme Award for her performance in the series 4 BLOCKS. She also won the Best Writer award at the Heidelberger Stückemarkt theatre festival for her play “Kluge Gefühle”. BORN IN EVIN is her feature film debut.

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Talents Table Talk: Places like Home

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Jia Zhang-ke

Born in Fenyang, China in 1970, Jia Zhang-Ke graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature film, XIAO WU, screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1998. Since then, his films have regularly premiered at major European festivals. STILL LIFE won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006, and A TOUCH OF SIN received the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2013. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART and ASH IS PUREST WHITE featured in competition at Cannes in 2015 and 2018, respectively.

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Collective Change: The Age of Amateur Cinema

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Fatma Çolakoğlu

Fatma Çolakoğlu has been a curator for exhibitions, film and video art for 15 years now. In 2005, she established the film department of the Istanbul Modern - Museum of Contemporary Art. Subsequently, she was responsible for the film and video programme of Pera Film and headed the communications department of the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Today, she is the associate director for research and programming at SALT in Istanbul.

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Carte Blanche: Crossroads in Curation