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Lejla Sadiku

Lejla Sadiku works as a Governance and Innovation Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme at their regional centre in Istanbul. She is passionate about testing out data and digital innovation that is in development, and about applying social innovation approaches.


World Building Live: Alternate Histories of our Future

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Hannes Salat

Hannes Salat was born in Vienna in 1969 and has been a production designer since 1999. He received an Austrian Film Award in 2016 (together with Hubert Klausner) and again in 2017. In addition to his film projects, he teaches production design at the Film Academy Vienna and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


M - The Making of a Series

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Rasha Salti

An independent curator of art and film, Rasha Salti lives and works between Beirut and Berlin.


Talents Circles: L'erreur est humaine

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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.


Project Labs Presentations: Short Film Station

Bankruptcy and Resurrection: How Producers Fail Better

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Maia Santos

Born and raised in Sweden, Maia Santos studied philosophy at the University of Gothenburg and Södertörn University, where she focused on critical theory, gender studies and decolonising phenomenologies. In 2014, she moved to Berlin and eventually shifted her attention to film and marketing and co-founded Wolf Kino, where she currently works in marketing and developing new marketing ideas based on an exchange between the neighbourhood, filmmakers and film audiences.


Open Debates: Participatory Films

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Roberto Saviano

Roberto Saviano (Naples, 1979) is the author of the international bestseller “Gomorrah.” Creator, author and screenwriter of the eponymous film (Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2008) and of “Gomorra - The Series,” distributed in over 150 countries. “La paranza dei bambini” was published in 2016. The eponymous film, directed by Claudio Giovannesi, is screening in the 2019 Berlinale Competition. Since 2006, Saviano has been living under 24-hour police protection due to death threats received by the crime organisations he has reported on.


In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings

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James Schamus

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (THE ICE STORM), producer (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), and former CEO of Focus Features (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MILK, THE PIANIST). He also teaches film history and theory at Columbia University. His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Indignation”, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. His production company Symbolic Exchange produced Kitty Green’s documentary CASTING JONBENET (Berlinale Panorama 2017) and Andrew Ahn’s DRIVEWAYS (Berlinale Generation 2019).


The States of Mistakes

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Sarah Schlüssel

Sarah Schlüssel has been the programme coordinator of Berlinale Shorts, the short film section of the Berlin International Film Festival, since 2014. She was the programme manager and festival coordinator of Palestine Cinema Days in Ramallah in 2017 and 2018. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne.


Meet the Short Film Festivals

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Erwin M. Schmidt

Erwin M. Schmidt has worked in production, international sales and film festivals. Until 2014, he was the 3D producer for Wim Wenders at his production company Neue Road Movies. He has extensive experience with employing complex technology as a means for creative expression, and possesses an avid interest in new narrative formats and new distribution channels. Together with Susanne Marian, he co-founded the Berlin-based innovation studio Cinemathon in 2015.


Talents Circles: Berlin Is Your Oyster

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Anna Seifert-Speck

Anna Seifert-Speck is a script and story editor who works with independent filmmakers, public funds and training initiatives during commissioning, development and production. She has worked for Creative England, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the British Film Institute. She executive produced Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and Nick Whitfield’s SKELETONS, was dramaturgical advisor on Tobias Nölle’s ALOYS (FIPRESCI Berlinale 2016) and script edited Francis Lee’s GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (Berlinale Panorama 2017).

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Ulla Simonen

A producer in the MADE production company in Helsinki, Ulla Simonen has worked as a film commissioner, festival director and consultant. She is on the board of directors of the Tampere Film Festival and was the artistic director of the DocPoint Helsinki Festival. 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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Jan Soldat

Jan Soldat is a graduate of the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. He has shown several films at the Berlinale: BE LOVED (Shorts, 2010), LAW AND ORDER (Panorama, 2012), CRAZY DENNIS TIGER (Generation, 2012) and PRISON SYSTEM 4614 (Panorama, 2015). His graduation film THE INCOMPLETE (2013) was nominated for a German Film Critics’ Prize. His recent works COMING OF AGE and HAPPY HAPPY BABY deal with the phenomenon of adult babies.


Better Be Careful: Intimate Dialogues

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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.


Open Debates: Participatory Films

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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.


Dine & Shine

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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.


Sound Studio Workshop I

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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. Her work is represented in three Berlinale films this year: Nora Fingscheidt’s SYSTEM CRASHER in Competition; Erik Schmitt’s CLEO at Generation; and Thomas Moritz Helm’s BEFORE WE GROW OLD at Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Veit Helmer’s VOM LOKFÜHRER, DER DIE LIEBE SUCHTE and Hans Weingartner’s 303 have been pre-selected for the German Film Awards 2019.


Meet the Expert: Casting