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A Room With a View: Collaborating on Scripts

11.02.2014 - Alistair Banks Griffin, Kathi Bildhauer, Sebastián Lelio, José Luis Valle

    Time, space and freedom are important ingredients for a creative project, but how do filmmakers find a way to focus within the daily grind? Often, working with a collaborator or consultant who help to keep you inspired, productive, and challenged is the key. In what part of the screen writing process should filmmakers consult script editors and get feedback from industry experts? And what are the benefits to getting outside opinions and how do you maintain a clear sense of what you're developing? Three filmmakers, Sebastián Lelio (Gloria), Alistair Banks Griffin (Two Gates of Sleep) and José Luis Valle (Workers), all selected for the Berlinale Residency 2013 and presenting their newly developed films at this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market, will discuss their experiences working collaboratively with consultants during the project support programme.


    Alistair Banks Griffin

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    Director, writer and editor, born in Britain but raised in New Orleans. In 2008 his short film GAUGE premiered at the New York Film Festival. His feature debut TWO GATES OF SLEEP at the 2010 Cannes Director’s Fortnight and won the New Talent Grand PIX Award at CPH:PIX in Copenhagen in 2011. He was a recipient of the Berlinale Residency grant in 2013 to work on his latest period drama OYSTER. In 2014 he will direct his second feature film SNOW THE JONES which was the winner of the 2013 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant.

    Kathi Bildhauer

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    Kathi Bildhauer co-heads the Berlinale Co-Production Market and manages the Talent Project Market for Berlinale Talents. She previously coordinated the Berlinale Residency programme and also worked for the World Cinema Fund. She is the author of “Drehbuch reloaded,” her Ph.D. thesis on unconventional contemporary screenplays.

    Sebastián Lelio

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    Chilean director. In 2006 he completed his first film LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, which won more than 25 awards. His second film NAVIDAD premiered in 2009 at the Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, his third, EL AÑO DEL TIGRE, at the international competition of Locarno in 2011 and his fourth, GLORIA in the Competition of the Berlinale in 2013, where it received the Ecumenic Award and a Silver Bear for best actress. It went on to become the Chilean entry for the Oscars and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He is currently is working on his fifth feature film, IGUAZÚ, which has been supported by the Berlinale Residency in 2013.

    José Luis Valle

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    Salvadoran filmmaker. His first feature WORKERS premiered in the Berlinale in 2013, won the Abrazo D’Or as best Latin American film in Biarritz and the Colón de Oro as best Ibero American film in Huelva. Also awarded as best Mexican feature in Guadalajara and Morelia. He currently prepares his new film with support of the Berlinale Residency.