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Help! I Made a Successful Film

10.02.2014 - Ritesh Batra, Anthony Chen, Jan-Ole Gerster, Lorna Tee

    Breaking onto the scene with a critically acclaimed, award-winning, and festival-hopping film is every filmmaker's dream, but what happens after you've made it big? That's when the real challenges start. Berlinale Talents alumni Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo) join German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster (Oh Boy) to discuss life after success. Moderated by producer Lorna Tee, they‘ll discuss what it takes to get through their initial achievements and persevere toward their next project, the difficulties of expectations, writers block, and the toll that international-hopscotching can take on one's life as they knew it.


    Ritesh Batra

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    Writer/director based in Mumbai and New York. His short films have been presented in many international film festivals. His feature debut THE LUNCHBOX was part of the Talent Project Market in 2012, premiered at the Cannes Critics' Week section in 2013 and won several international awards. His upcoming feature PHOTOGRAPH is an English and Hindi language film set in Mumbai.

    Anthony Chen

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    Singaporean filmmaker. His short film AH MA was nominated for the Palme d'Or for Short Film at Cannes in 2007 and was awarded a Special Mention, the first time a Singapore film was awarded in Cannes. His debut feature ILO ILO won the prestigious Camera d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the Sutherland Award for Best Debut Feature at the BFI London Film Festival and four Golden Horse Award (the equivalent of the Oscars for the Chinese-speaking world), including Best Film, Best New Director and Best Screenplay.

    Jan-Ole Gerster

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    German filmmaker. After his film studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) he directed several behind-the scenes documentaries and music videos for Get Well Soon and Nada Surf. His feature debut OH BOY won six German Film Awards, including best film, and was a major box-office hit. He is currently developing his follow-up COOL GERMANIA.

    Lorna Tee

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    She managed the marketing and distribution at Focus Films Hong Kong, before moving on to executive produce the first ever Asian Film Awards. She worked as the Business Development Manager at the Asian office for Variety and as the general manager of the Hong Kong based Asian investment fund Irresistible Films. Currently, Lorna is working with production company October Pictures (Hong Kong) and manages her own production company Paperheart (Malaysia). Her production credits include Edwin's POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO, which premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2012.