Small Wallets, Great Films

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

    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.

    Anna Seifert-Speck

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    Anna Seifert-Speck is a script and story editor working with independent producers, public funds, training initiatives and individual talent during all stages of commissioning, development and production. She has worked for film funds such as Creative England and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and her credits as an executive producer include Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and Nick Whitfield’s SKELETON. Recently she was a dramaturgical advisor on Tobias Nölle’s ALOYS, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2016 Berlinale.

    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.