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Experts of Berlinale Talents 2019

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Jukka-Pekka Laakso

Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival. He also acts as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a non-profit organisation that runs an arthouse cinema, distributes films in Finland and works in media education. On top of that he was a member of the Finnish National Council for Cinema.


Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Anne Lakeberg

For over four years, Anne Lakeberg, together with Wiebke Thomsen, has successfully run the arthouse City Kino Wedding in Berlin, a glamorous 1960s cinema built by the French occupation forces. She studied Sociology and Latin American Studies with a focus on film in Bielefeld and Buenos Aires, earned a degree in cinema management and worked in film distribution. She is a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee and will serve as a host during this year’s Berlinale Goes Kiez.


Battle for the Big Screen: Future of Cinema

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Pham Ngoc Lan

Pham Ngoc Lan studied urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University. His photographic and video work focuses on the influence of cityscapes on human relationships. His debut short THE STORY OF ONES screened at numerous festivals and art museums, including Visions du Réel and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 2015, he participated in the Short Film Station at Berlinale Talents. Alongside working on further shorts, he is currently developing his feature debut CU LI NEVER CRIES.


Screening Shorts: Time Is No Mistake

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Nadav Lapid

Nadav Lapid is an Israeli director and screenwriter. He studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. His short film ROAD screened at Berlinale Panorama in 2005. His debut feature POLICEMAN won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011, while THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER featured in the Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2014. In 2015, WHY screened at Berlinale Shorts. SYNONYMS is showing in the Berlinale Competition in 2019.


Curious Choices: The End of Mistakes

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Antje Lass


Talents Circles: Fail Forwards

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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).


Talents Circles: Nobody’s Perfect

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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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Sebastián Lelio

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio celebrated his international breakthrough with GLORIA, which ran in the Berlinale Competition in 2013 and won a Silver Bear. In 2017, he presented A FANTASTIC WOMAN in the Berlinale Competition and took home the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as the first Chilean film ever. His English-language debut DISOBEDIENCE, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, earned him five nominations at the British Independent Film Awards in 2018.


Berlinale Talents: Mistakes

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Nanouk Leopold

Nanouk Leopold is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and of the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Her feature credits include WOLFSBERGEN (Berlinale Forum 2007), BROWNIAN MOVEMENT (Berlinale Forum 2011), IT’S ALL SO QUIET (opening film at Berlinale Panorama Special 2013) and COBAIN (Berlinale Generation 2018). A member of the Society of the Arts of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, she recently directed her first play and makes video installations with visual artist Daan Emmen.


Keep Exploring: Spaces of Discovery

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Sydney Levine

An educator and consultant, Sydney Levine was a pioneer acquisitions executive and founder of FilmFinders, the first global database for features acquisitions which was bought by IMDbPro. The site still hosts her blog SydneysBuzz about international film business developments. She coaches and teaches courses on distribution and marketing at Chapman University, UCLA Extension Film School Certificate Program, Deutsche Welle Akademie, Cannes Industry Workshop and others.


EFM Discovery Tour 1

EFM Discovery Tour 2

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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.


Battle for the Big Screen: Future of Cinema

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Dana Linssen

Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine; long-term film critic for NRC Handelsblad; founder of The Slow Criticism Project, a counterbalance to the commodification of film criticism; and curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is also a recipient of the Louis Hartlooper Award for Film Journalism and of the Silver Rosebud Award for her work as a film critic at large and at de Filmkrant.


Better Be Careful: Intimate Dialogues

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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.


Meet the Experts: Rights Clearance

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Skadi Loist

Dr. Skadi Loist is Visiting Professor for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her main research areas are global film circulation, film festivals, gender equality and diversity in screen industries, and queer cinema.


Open Debates: Participatory Films

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Benjamin Lopez

Benjamin Lopez is the executive director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). Previously, as Projects Director, he supervised the selection process and management of the Latino Media Market, a curated market that takes place during the NALIP Media Summit, the largest and most important gathering of Latinx in media nationwide. In addition, he oversees the Diverse Women in Media Initiative, the Latino Media Fest and Latino Lens.


Meet the Expert: Diverse Networks

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Elen Lotman

Elen Lotman, ESC, is a cinematographer who has shot numerous features, documentaries and shorts. She has shot in Japan, Tibet, China, India, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Russian Arctic. Her films have won awards and been shown in competition at IDFA, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and others. Her PhD research is about human perception and cinematography. She is a Member of the Board of IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers.

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Ariane Louis-Seize

Ariane Louis-Seize is a graduate of the National Institute of Image and Sound (INIS) in Montréal, Québec. Her directorial debut, the short film LA PEAU SAUVAGE from 2016, screened at over 50 festivals around the world and is showing at this year’s Berlinale Generation. She is currently writing the screenplay for her debut feature film.


Screening Shorts: Time Is No Mistake

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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.


Welcome and Take-off followed by Talents Circles: How to Fail Better

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David Lowery

David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His films include the short PIONEER (2011) and the features AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (2013), PETE’S DRAGON (2016), A GHOST STORY (2017) and THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018). He attended Berlinale Talents in 2005.


In Free Fall: Joys of Trial and Error

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Erika Lust

Erika Lust is an acclaimed indie adult filmmaker. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk called “It’s Time for Porn to Change.” Her XConfessions project is the world’s first crowd-sourced erotic film series. Every month, she picks two anonymous fantasies shared on XConfessions.com and turns them into explicit shorts. With more than 150 short films, she also produces and finances female guest directors from across the globe and believes in having women in all key positions behind the camera.


Reinventing Porn: Erika’s Ethics

Room for All: A Safer Set Workshop

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Ana López Ortego

Ana López Ortego is an architect, PhD student in geography, university professor, researcher and activist in Latin America. She is the co-founder and co-director of Arquitectura Expandida (AXP), based principally in Bogotá, Colombia. AXP is a collective that builds public assembly structures with communities that claim territorial self-management and their own rights to the city in urban peripheries.


World Building Live: Alternate Histories of our Future