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AC Coppens

AC Coppens is the founder of The Marketing Catalysts, which empowers innovative players at the intersection of digital tech and film, VR/AR/XR, design, music and sound. AC mentors at the Tribeca Film Institute, DOK Leipzig, PRIMI Pôle Méditerrannée | The Camp in Marseille, and the Story:First and Web:First labs in Munich. As a programmer, presenter and speaker, AC works with conferences such as EFM Horizon, Changing the Picture, CPH:DOX and Silbersalz Festival.

last update: January 17, 2017


Previous events at Berlinale Talents




Talents Circle: Get Started (13.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Gaëlle Denis (Jury President Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Stéphane Detaille (Nespresso), Nicolas Duplaix (Nespresso), Manuel Ferrari (Talents Buenos Aires), María Marta Antin (Talents Buenos Aires), Svenja Kersting (Berlinale Talents), Lira Lousinha (Berlinale Talents), Asja Makarevic (Talents Sarajevo), Claudia Merkl (Berlinale Talents), Hella Rihl (Berlinale Talents), Erik Schmitt (Jury Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Eva Weber (Jury Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest), Florian Weghorn (Berlinale Talents). Come and get the lowdown on all that Berlinale Talents has to offer at this opening briefing. Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn and the team give you the information you need to get started. Acquaint yourself with the Talents Circle format, the daily theme-based rounds following breakfast where you can join multiple 15-minute briefings led by experts and partners. This morning Berlinale Talents is pleased to welcome its new partner, Nespresso, representatives of which will announce the Nespresso Talents 2016 Contest. The heads of Talents Buenos Aires and Sarajevo are also on hand to present their regional focuses.




Talents Circle: Bridging Cultures (14.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Frank Albers (Robert Bosch Stiftung), George David (The Royal Jordan Film Commission), Rabih El-Khoury (Talents Beirut), Basil Khalil (Director, Producer), Christine Kopf (Robert Bosch Stiftung), Fabienne Moris (FID Marseille), Hania Mroue (Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut), Irit Neidhardt (mec film), Rebecca de Pas (FID Marseille), Karin Schyle (Robert Bosch Stiftung). Under the theme "Bridging Cultures", the Robert Bosch Stiftung introduces its Film Prize for cooperations between German and Arab filmmakers. The head of the The Royal Film Commission Jordan dives into how to facilitate productions in the Arab world. And the managers of the Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut and Talents Beirut give an overview of distribution in the region and our Talents satellite in the Arab world. Other guests will be on hand to network and participate in discussions.




Talents Circle: Supporting Talent (15.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Rebecca Davies (Creative Skillset), Gavin Humphries (Creative Skillset), Alby James, Wendy Mitchell (British Council), Dorothee Wenner (Berlinale). The UK plays an important role nurturing emerging filmmakers at home and abroad. Under the theme, "Supporting Talent", Creative Skillset and British Council invite you to this presentation of their initiatives to support projects at all stages of production, as well as at international festivals. Other guests will be on hand to offer insights and network in small rounds.




Talents Circle: Nature Of Relations Day - The Future Networks Of Film (16.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Director), Paulo de Carvalho (Producer, Festival Director), Kanako Hayashi (FILMeX Tokyo), Tiny Mungwe (Talents Durban), Raymond Phathanavirangoon (Producer), Elias Ribeiro (Realness), Ivan Trujillo (Talents Guadalajara). Under the theme, "Nature of Relations Day - The Future Networks of Film", visionary Cameroonian director, artist and teacher Jean-Pierre Bekolo delivers a keynote address on his vision for networking, collaboration and making films in the future. Producers from Latin America, Asia and Africa, as well as representatives of Talents Tokyo, Talents Guadalajara and Talents Durban, tell how to get connected in their respective regions.




Talents Circle: French Connection (17.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Michel Balagué (Producer), Emilie Boucheteil (Institut français), Mélanie Chebance (Film France), Carole Lunt (Institut français), Olimpia Pont Cháfer (Coproduction Office), Michel Reilhac (Filmmaker). Bonjour! Under the theme "French Connection", representatives of the Institut francais explain the promotion and distribution of French cinema worldwide, and Film France reveals who and what you should know to produce your film in France. Other guests will be on hand to offer insights and network.




Talents Circle: What's Next? Berlinale Worldwide Network (18.Feb.2016)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Isona Admettla (World Cinema Fund), Kathi Bildhauer (Talent Project Market), Martina Bleis (Berlinale Co-Production Market), Vincenzo Bugno (World Cinema Fund), Thomas Hailer (Berlinale Curator), Karin Hoffinger (Int. Relations Berlinale), Kim Kapischke (Berlinale Generation), Arne Kohlweyer (Berlinale Talents), Sirkka Möller (Berlinale Talents), Nikolaj Nikitin (Berlinale Delegate), Christiane Steiner (Berlinale Talents), Christine Tröstrum (Berlinale Talents), Florian Weghorn (Berlinale Talents). This final Talents Circle informs you about the opportunities available to Talents to stay connected and involved after leaving Berlin. Talents team members show how to take advantage of the alumni network and answer questions about the Berlinale Talents Project Labs, which are also open to alumni. Representatives of the Berlinale and its regional delegates are also on hand to give an overview of the Co-Production Market, the World Cinema Fund, the Berlinale's regional networks and how to submit your films.




Talents Circles: We Believe In You (11.Feb.2017)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Come and get the lowdown on all that Berlinale Talents has to offer at this opening briefing. Under the theme, "We Believe in You," Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn and the team give you the information you need to get started. Acquaint yourself with the Talents Circle format, the daily theme-based rounds following breakfast where you can join multiple 15-minute briefings led by experts and partners. This morning Berlinale Talents is pleased to welcome back its partner, Nespresso, representatives of which will announce the Nespresso Talents 2017 Contest. Our colleagues from Talents Guadalajara and Sarajevo present their regional focuses, and content-licensing expert Wendy Bernfeld is also on hand to demystify the worlds of digital distribution and VOD and share how she navigates the market in Berlin.




Talents Circles: The World Is Yours (12.Feb.2017)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Under the theme "The World is Yours," the Robert Bosch Stiftung introduces its Film Prize for cooperations between German and Arab filmmakers. The head of the The Royal Film Commission Jordan dives into how to facilitate productions in the Arab world. Tunisian producer and this year's member of the International Jury Dora Bouchoucha is on hand to answer questions about producing in the region. And the managers of the Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut and Talents Beirut give an overview of distribution and our Talents Beirut satellite in the Arab world. Other guests join the mix to network and participate in discussions.




Talents Circles: Be A Rebel With A Cause (13.Feb.2017)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Inspired by the theme, "Be a Rebel with a Cause," industry experts highlight daring ways to tell and produce cinematic stories today. Liz Rosenthal of "Power to the Pixel" answers questions about how digital and connected media drives an abundance of content and ever-evolving formats and platforms for storytelling. The head of Talents Buenos Aires introduces the South American offshoot of Berlinale Talents.




Talents Circles: You Can Get It If You Really Want (14.Feb.2017)

with moderated by AC Coppens


Proving the motto, "You Can Get it if You Really Want," guests and partners present funds, grants, technologies and other tools that bring you a step closer to getting your dream film made. The manager from Talents Durban presents the latest on Berlinale Talents' African sister event. Representatives of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund and EAVE explain how their initiatives can support you and your project. Representatives from Kickstarter answer questions for those who want to take fundraising into their own hands. And experts from ARRI explain their International Support Program, which offers packages comprising elements such as Camera or Postproduction.




Talents Circles: C'est Si Bon (15.Feb.2017)

with AC Coppens


Coucou! Today's theme is "C'est si bon." After you have stuffed yourself with delicious cheese and croissants, representatives of the Institut Français explain the promotion and distribution of French cinema worldwide, and Film France reveals who and what you should know to produce your film in or with France. Our colleagues from FID Marseille present their festival, market and project development initiatives. Other guests are also on hand to offer insights and network.




Talents Circles: Berlin Is Your Oyster (16.Feb.2017)

with AC Coppens


Themed "Berlin Is Your Oyster," this final Talents Circles inform you about the oppor­tunities available to Talents to stay connected and involved with Berlin after the festival. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg explains how to get your film coproduced and shot on location in town. Talents team members show how to take advantage of the alumni network and answer questions about the Berlinale Talents Project Labs, which are open to alumni. Representatives of the Berlinale programme and festival delegates are also on hand to give an overview of the CoPro­duction Market, the Berlinale's regional net­works and how to submit your future films.




Talents Circles: Sharing Secrets (17.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Come and get the lowdown on all Berlinale Talents has to offer at this opening briefing. Under the theme “Sharing Secrets,“ Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum, Florian Weghorn and the team give you all the information you need to get started. Also this morning, Berlinale Talents is pleased to welcome back its partner Nespresso, representatives of which will introduce the 2018 Nespresso Talents contest and its theme “The Difference She Makes.“ Our colleagues from Talents Guadalajara and Buenos Aires present their regional focuses, while production manager from ARRI Mandy Rahn shares details about the ARRI International Support Program.




Talents Circles: Diversity And Trust (18.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Under the theme “Diversity and Trust,“ organisations promoting cross-cultural bonds in the Arab world present their initiatives. At the breakfast preceding the Talents Circles, the Robert Bosch Stiftung introduces its Film Prize. The head of the Royal Film Commission Jordan dives into how to facilitate productions in the region. They are joined by the manager of the Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut and Talents Beirut to give an overview of distribution and our Talents satellite in the Arab world. Moreover, representatives of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund and the Dubai Film Connection introduce their programmes and activities in the Arab world, while other guests join the mix to network and participate in discussions.




Talents Circles: Make Your Secrets Come True (19.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Inspired by the theme “Make Your Secrets Come True,“ industry experts share their experiences on the technical hands-on aspects of making films. Two work stations provided by Adobe give you the opportunity to experiment with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, pose questions and get insider tips from the company's representatives. Additionally, filmmakers including German director Jan Speckenbach share their experience of working with Adobe Premiere on their latest films. VR- and cross-media guru Liz Rosenthal joins the circles to answer questions about how digital and connected media drive an abundance of ever-evolving formats and platforms for storytelling.




Talents Circles: Talents United (20.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Inspired by the theme “Talents United,“ industry experts highlight the value of innovative approaches and collaboration in Canada and beyond its borders. Representatives of Telefilm Canada answer all your questions about producing microbudget films, while a representative of the Toronto International Film Festival discusses the role that innovation has for film festivals. Luc Picard, director and actor of this year's Generation film Les rois mongols shares his experience of working with young actors, while Amy Dotson from the Independent Filmmaker Project in New York reveals her thoughts about the future of storytelling.




Talents Circles: Pas De Secret (21.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Coucou! This circle is fully dedicated to production and distribution in and with France. After you have stuffed yourself with delicious cheese and croissants, representatives of the Institut français explain the promotion and distribution of French cinema worldwide, and Film France reveals who and what you should know to produce your film in the country. Andreas Schreitmüller and Alexander Knetig from ARTE offer insights into their German-French broadcaster’s focus. The co-producer of the successful French film Félicité (Competition 2017) and representatives from Cinéma du Monde answer all your questions regarding co-producing with France, while the renowned film school La Fémis presents festival strategies for French film festivals and beyond.




Talents Circles: Berlin Is Your Oyster (22.Feb.2018)

with AC Coppens


Themed “Berlin Is Your Oyster,“ the final Talents Circles informs you about opportunities to stay connected with the festival and involved with Berlin as a film location. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg explains how to get your film financed and shot on location in the region. Learn what the Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission has to offer apart from money. Talents team members show how to take advantage of the alumni network and answer questions about the Berlinale Talents Project Labs, which are open to alumni. And representatives of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Talent Project Market explain how to submit your future projects.




Talents Circles: Finding The Right Partner (10.Feb.2019)

with Isona Admetlla, Barbara Anticevic, Christopher Aoun, AC Coppens, Ellen Harrington, Judy Kibinge, Christine Kopf, Mbithi Masya, Mugambi Nthiga, Mark Szilagyi


Focusing on teams working in the Arab World and in East Africa, this Circle event invites a number of filmmakers and guests to help you find the right partners for your projects. The head of the Royal Film Commission Jordan shares advice on how to facilitate productions in the region, while Talents who shot and edit­ed Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm speak about the family-like bonds on and off set. Re­presentatives from the World Cinema Fund, Docu Box (The East African Docu­men­tary Film Fund) and filmmakers will also talk about funding possibilities. So do join the mix to network and participate!

Christopher Aoun, Cinematographer and Konstantin Bock, Editor I Capharnaüm
Barbara Anticevic and Mark Szilagyi from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Vincenzo Bugno and Isona Admetlla Font from World Cinema Fund
Nada Doumani from The Royal Film Commission Jordan
Ellen Harrington and Christine Kopf from Deutsches Filminstitut
Judy Kibinge from Docu Box, Mbithi Masya, Writer, Director, Talents alumnus and Mugambi Nthiga Actor, Writer, Director




Welcome And Take-off Followed By Talents Circles: How To Fail Better (09.Feb.2019)

with AC Coppens, Karin Hoffinger, Marika Kozlovska, Lira Lousinha


Take off in style: Berlinale Talents managers Chris­tine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn pre­sent the team and take you through the main events that make up your week in Berlin! You’ll also get a chance to hear more about the Talents International initiatives, as well as about the various Studios and Project Labs.

Karin Hoffinger, International Relations and Programme Organisation Berlinale
Marika Kozlovska, International Consultant
Sigrid Limprecht, Director from Bonner Kinemathek and Berlinale Talents Market Studio
Lira Lousinha from Berlinale Talents
Florian Weghorn, Programme Manager from Berlinale Talents




Talents Circles: Fail Forwards (11.Feb.2019)

with AC Coppens, Liz Rosenthal, Aletta von Vietinghoff


Hosted by Adobe.

Spurred on by the theme “Fail Forwards,” in­dus­try experts share their insights into the technical hands-on aspect of making films. Two work stations provided by Adobe give you the opportunity to experiment with their soft­ware, ask questions and get insider tips from the company’s representatives. Editor Aletta von Vietinghoff and the filmmakers of Projekt: Antarktis will also share their ex­pe­ri­ence of working with Adobe Premiere on their latest films, while VR and cross-media guru Liz Rosenthal joins the circles to answer questions about producing and distributing VR projects.

Rufus Deuchler from Adobe and Dennis Vogt, Filmmaker I Projekt: Antarktis
Halina Dryschka, Director, Talents alumna and Antje Lass, Editor
Tim David Müller-Zitzke, Filmmakers I Projekt: Antarktis
Fernando Epstein, Producer I Monos
Liz Rosenthal from Venice Film Festival and Power to the Pixel
Aletta von Vietinghoff, Editor I Reise nach Jerusalem




Talents Circles: Nobody’s Perfect (12.Feb.2019)

with AC Coppens, Kathleen Drumm, Kelly Edwards, Tyler Hagan, Dorota Lech, Lori Lozinski, Alan Milligan


Inspired by the theme “Nobody’s Perfect,” in­dustry experts highlight the value of inno­vative approaches and collaboration in Cana­da and beyond its borders. Representatives of Telefilm Canada reply to all your questions concerning the production conditions in the Canadian audio-visual industry, while a repre­­sentative of the Toronto International Film Festi­val discusses the role that innovation plays in film festivals. Filmmakers and pro­ducers from current Canadian co-pro­duc­tions will also pitch in.

Kathleen Drumm from Toronto International Film Festival
Kelly Edwards, HBO Senior Vice President, Talent Development
Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski and Alan Milligan, Producers I The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Nyla Innuksuk Director I Slash/Back and Christopher Yurkevich, Alex Ordanis Producers I Slash/Back
Dorota Lech from Hot Docs Canadian Documentary International
Michel Pradier from Telefilm Canada and Pascal Plante, Director




Talents Circles: L'erreur Est Humaine (13.Feb.2019)

with Michel Balagué, Mélanie Chebance, AC Coppens, Carole Lunt, Rasha Salti, Andreas Schreitmüller, Cécile Tollu-Polonowski, Anne Vassevière


Coucou! This circle is entirely dedicated to pro­­duction and distribution in and with France. After you’ve stuffed yourselves with camem­bert and a couple of croissants, repre­sen­ta­tives of the Institut français explain the pro­motion and distribution of French cinema world­­wide. Also take this privi­leged oppor­tunity to ask for advice and in­sights from An­dreas Schreitmüller of the Ger­man-French broad­caster ARTE and pro­ducer veteran Cé­do­mir Kolar at this relaxed morning session.

Michel Balagué, Producer and Talents alumnus
Mélanie Chebance, Carole Lunt and Anne Vassevière from Institut français Deutschland
Cédomir Kolar, Producer
Rasha Salti, Editor for ARTE and Curator
Andreas Schreitmüller from ARTE
Cécile Tollu-Polonowski, Producer and Talents alumna I Photograph




Talents Circles: Berlin Is Your Oyster (14.Feb.2019)

with Martina Bleis, AC Coppens, Holger Dreiseitl, Jan-Ole Gerster, Veronika Grob, Esther Rothstegge, Erwin M. Schmidt, Philipp Schmidt


Under the header “Berlin Is Your Oyster,” these final Talents Circles inform you about oppor­­tunities to stay connected with the festival and shows ways that can help you make Berlin a part of your next film project. Medien­board Berlin-Brandenburg explains how to get your film financed and shot either in the city or the region. And find out more about what the Berlin Brandenburg Film Com­mis­sion has to offer apart from funding. Re­pre­sentatives from the Berlinale Co-Production Market also take this opportunity to explain how to submit your future projects and agents from CREATE!, the new inter­national develop­ment programme for story­telling, tell you more about the scheme.

Kathi Bildhauer and Martina Bleis from Berlinale Co-Production Market
Holger Dreiseitl and Philipp Schmidt from German Federal Foreign Film Office
Jan-Ole Gerster Director I Oh Boy
Veronika Grob and Esther Rothstegge from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Christiane Raab from Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission
Erwin M. Schmidt, Programme Consultant and Ben Gibson, Director from The German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)