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Neus Ballús

Neus Ballús studied filmmaking and creative documentary in Barcelona. Her first feature-length film, LA PLAGA (2013), premiered at Berlinale Forum and was nominated for the European Discovery Prize at the European Film Awards, the European Parliament’s LUX Prize and the Goya Awards. It received more than 20 international prizes, including four Gaudí Awards and the Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Debut. STAFF ONLY is her first fiction film.


Continental Drift: New Views on Africa

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Adrian Baumeister

Adrian Baumeister is a recording mixer and head of sound department at The Post Republic, a post-production facility based in Berlin, Hamburg and Halle. He has collaborated with filmmakers such as Ari Folman (WALTZ WITH BASHIR), Jan Ole Gerster (OH BOY), Jan Zabeil (THREE PEAKS) and Petra Volpe (THE DIVINE ORDER). In 2009, he received an MPSE Golden Reel Award nomination for his work on WALTZ WITH BASHIR.


Open Sound Masterclass

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Oliver Baumgarten

Oliver Baumgarten is a film journalist and curator. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the film magazine Schnitt and an initiator and co-host of the Filmplus festival. He helped develop the training initiative School of Film Agents (SOFA) and was appointed programme manager of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated the Goethe-Institut’s film series “Celluloid Curtain,” which toured London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.

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Iris Baumüller

After studying Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Iris Baumüller worked as an assistant director for various productions. In 2002, she founded the casting agency Die Besetzer in Cologne. She has cast for German and international films such as Til Schweiger’s KLASSENTREFFEN 1.0, A DANGEROUS METHOD and POINT BREAK, as well as the TNT series 4BLOCKS, WEINBERG and the Netflix Series THE BARBARIANS. She also works as a lecturer at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and at the Film Acting School in Cologne.


Meet the Expert: Casting

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Peter Becker

Peter Becker joined the staff of the Criterion Collection in 1993 and has been its president since 1997. Along with Criterion’s CEO Jonthan Turell, he is also a partner in Janus Films. The Criterion Collection, started in 1984, is dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world. Janus Films was founded in 1956. It was the first distribution company dedicated to bringing international arthouse films to US audiences and continues releasing classic and first-run films in theatres today.

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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 has been on the juries of Prix Europa, Prix Jeunesse, Cinedans, Klik! and IFFR. She script edited, among others, KAUWBOY (Berlinale Generation, European Academy Award 2012) and POLSKA WARRIOR (Grand Prix Dutch Animation HAFF 2017) and is currently shooting the children’s series DOOPIE and post-producing the documentary THEY CALLED ME BABU.

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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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Martina Bleis

Member of the Berlinale Co-Production Market team since its inception, and manager of the selected official projects, she is also active as a consultant for coproduction events with international institutions and festivals, such as the East-West European co-production market Connecting Cottbus.


Talents Circles: Berlin Is Your Oyster

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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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Bass Breche

Bass Breche is an award-winning scriptwriter and a director. Since 2007, he has directed three shorts: BOTH (2007), which premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week, ZIU (2013) and FREE RANGE (2014). He has written a number of web series and films: SHANKABOOT (2009), which won an International Digital Emmy in 2011, FASATEEN (2012), THE LITTLE DROP (2015), UNDOCUMENTED (2017) and ALEPH (2017). He is the founder and director of Scenario Beirut. Currently he is working on his feature film THE MAIDEN’S POND.


Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive Series

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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.


Project Labs Presentations: Script Station

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Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner is a freelance film editor. He studied directing and cinematography at the Film Academy Vienna after attending Die Graphische in Vienna. His credits include the television series M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER (2018), Josef Hader’s WILD MOUSE (2017) and Ulrich Seidl’s IN THE BASEMENT (2014). In 2017, he won the Filmplus editing award for documentary film (together with Christof Scherteinleib) for Ulrich Seidl’s SAFARI.


M - The Making of a Series

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Vincenzo Bugno

Vincenzo Bugno is a co-initiator, manager and jury member of the World Cinema Fund. He is a Berlinale delegate for Italy, and serves on the Berlinale Competition selection committee. Previously, he was on the programming committee of the Locarno Film Festival and headed its Open Doors initiative. A former journalist and film critic, he has contributed to newspapers, magazines and TV channels such as Corriere della sera, ARTE, ZDF, Tele+ and Sky Italy.


Curious Choices: The End of Mistakes

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Meredith Burkholder

Meredith Burkholder is the founder and CEO of the first international, digital short form series festival in Germany, Webfest Berlin. Before relocating to Germany, she studied Art History at Boston University and spent 10 years producing photo and TV in New York City. She is also the founder and CEO of Ensoki Productions. The 5th edition of Webfest Berlin will take place on Sept 12-14, 2019.


Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive 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. In 2016, he coordinated the first edition of Talent Press Rio, aimed at emerging Portuguese-speaking film critics.