Talents Footprints: How to Grassroot

Feb 27th 2020
Susanne Ewenstein, Rabea Koss, Dorothee Wenner moderated by Jared Fryer, Christine Tröstrum

Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Starting your own community cinema, turning movie-making greener, or combatting gender inequalities in society can be draining. It's time to give something back to the dozens of Talents, alumni and Berliners with social, ecological or innovative tech projects in progress. As part of our new sustainability initiative “Talents Footprints”, young creatives with grassroot projects in South Africa, Brazil and Iran share tools and first-hand experiences with committed experts from Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun Foundation, the Humboldt Forum and other NGO's. In case studies followed by open discussions, you can learn how your social and environmental ventures can live an impactful life. Believe us, changing the world is better done together!
Susanne Ewenstein

Susanne is the Project Manager at Little Sun Foundation. After being a Little Sun representative in South Africa for several years, Susanne has recently joined the Little Sun team in Berlin to look after the foundation’s impact projects in Africa. She works together with local partners to bring solar light and phone charging to refugee camps and to students in areas with no reliable power.

Jared Fryer

Jared Fryer is a Berlin-based writer, director, editor and performer. After becoming well-acquainted with the Los Angeles film business while attending UCLA, he returned to his native England where he worked for several years as a freelancer. Armed with this experience, he founded Cinema Jam, a London-based international organisation that for six years hosted intimate film industry events with some of the biggest names in the UK film business.

Rabea Koss

Rabea Koss is the Communications Director of Berlin-based global project Little Sun, founded by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. Launched in 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, Little Sun brings clean, reliable, affordable energy to the 1.1 billion people in the world living without electricity while raising awareness for energy access and climate action worldwide through school workshops, artistic activities and creative campaigns. She also serves as spokesperson for Klimanotstand Berlin, a local citizen’s initiative which led to Berlin recognizing the climate emergency in December 2019.

Alexander Janetzko

Christine Tröstrum

Christine Tröstrum is the Project Manager of Berlinale Talents. After working for several German and French film festivals, she managed the animation co-production market Cartoon Movie in Babelsberg and headed an international conference series, now known as Media Convention. She has managed Berlinale Talents since 2004, which she has co-run with Florian Weghorn since 2014. She also consults on the Talents International initiatives. In addition, she advises the festival on organisational development.

Dorothee Wenner

Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.