Small Wallets, Great Films

12.02.2013 - Amra Baksic Camo, Ben Gibson, Anna Seifert-Speck

    Regardless of budget, some films manage to reach their full potential through the creativity and resourcefulness of the filmmaker. Beyond the use of non-actors or refraining from fancy sets and locations, what key elements should filmmakers consider when working with limited budgets? Producer Anna Seifert-Speck, of acclaimed British indie Weekend, and the producer of the Berlinale Competition film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Amra Baksič Camo, discuss how they managed great creative success while working with micro-budgets.


    Amra Baksic Camo

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    Head of CineLink, the Sarajevo Film Festival's annual co-production market. CineLink focuses on feature-length film projects by authors from Southeast Europe. She is also one of the founders of the production company "", and producer of AN EPISODE IN TH LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER, which screened at the last year's Berlinale Competition.

    Ben Gibson

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    Ben Gibson is the director of the DFFB film school in Berlin. He was previously director of degree programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and a visiting professor at Goldsmiths. 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. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.

    Anna Seifert-Speck

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    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 and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and executive produced Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and Nick Whitfield’s SKELETON. She was dramaturgical advisor on Tobias Nölle’s ALOYS (FIPRESCI Berlinale 2016) and script edited Francis Lee’s GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (Berlinale Panorama 2017).