How to Glue People to the Screen

10.02.2013 - Fredrik Bond, Yasemin Samdereli, moderated by Ben Gibson

    Focusing on romantic comedies, comedies or action-driven films, this panel will focus on filmmakers that have found commercial success or acclaim with audiences. What are the secrets of making successful films people love and what are the pitfalls to avoid when developing and directing mainstream films?


    Fredrik Bond

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    One of the preeminent directors of commercials worldwide, Swedish-born Bond has directed dozens of legendary spots and earned countless international awards and honors for his work, including four Directors Guild of America Award nomination and an Emmy nomination. His film THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN was part of Berlinale Competition 2013.

    Yasemin Samdereli

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    Turkish-German filmmaker and scriptwriter, who started out in television, before her cinematic debut ALMANYA premiered at the Berlinale 2011. The film won two German Film Awards and several international prizes.

    Moderated by

    Ben Gibson

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    Ben Gibson is the Director of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He was previously Director of Degree Programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2001 to 2014, he was Director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was Head of Production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. He has produced films by Terence Davies, Derek Jarman and others. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.