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Happy Returns: The Future After the Campus

17.02.2010 - Jenna Bass, Rodrigo Diaz Diaz, Matthijs Wouter Knol, Sebastian Pille, Rusudan Pirveli, David Sieveking

The motto of the eighth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus, “Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People“, aptly defines the platform the Campus has managed to create since its inception. The Berlinale is not just home to leading filmmakers, it rejoices year after year in the discovery of new innovative films, a number of them were projects developed at the hands-on programmes of the Campus or made by Talent alumni, former participants of the Campus. On centre stage today, these filmmakers, Jenna Bass, Rodrigo Diaz Diaz, Sebastian Pille, Rusudan Pirveli and David Sieveking, will present their films and take us behind the scenes of their film projects. They will talk about the stumbling blocks that roughed up their filmmaking journeys. They will also give helpful tips on getting your films through trying times. The future is out there waiting for you – happy returns to the Campus!

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Jenna Bass


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Jenna Bass is a South African writer, filmmaker and former magician. Her award-winning films include LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE (2014) and HIGH FANTASY (2017), shot entirely on mobile phones. They have screened around the world, including at Sundance, Berlinale, Toronto, Busan and the Durban International Film Festival, where she has been heralded as ushering in a new wave of South African cinema. Her third feature, FLATLAND, a feminist Western, goes into production in mid-2018.


Rodrigo Diaz Diaz


Brazilian director and 2009 Talent alumnus, he directed the short film AFTER LUNCH 
of the series FUCKING DIFFERENT SÅO Paulo, which featured in the 2010 Berlinale Panorama.


Matthijs Wouter Knol


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Matthijs is director of the European Film Market since 2014. As Head of Development at Pieter van Huystee Film in Amsterdam in 2001, Matthijs focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the complete edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006. In 2007, Matthijs started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between its co-production and sales markets, as well as the IDFAcademy training programme where he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School. From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, and co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.


Sebastian Pille


German film composer and lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München since 2008, he studied composition for film and television at the academy cited above, and is a Campus alumnus. He has composed the sound of FRAUENZIMMER which featured in the 2010 Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino.


Rusudan Pirveli


Georgian producer and Campus alumna, who received the Talent Highlight Pitch Award at the Talent Project Market in 2008, she presented her debut feature SUSA at the Berlinale Generation in 2010.


David Sieveking


German director and Campus alumnus, he worked as an editor for TV and made short films and documentaries such as A PROPO DENNIS, GANGA GUEST HOUSE, DIE AMERIKANISCHE BOTSCHAFT, which was screened in Cannes in 2003. His film DAVID WANTS TO FLY was presented at the 2010 Berlinale Panorama Dokumente.


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