In cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon.
Cut the ribbon, cue the drumroll, start your engines: Berlinale Talents 2015 is under way! We warmly welcome all Talents, mentors and experts to the Opening Ceremony of the 13th edition. Festival director Dieter Kosslick and Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn will welcome you and present the focus and highlights of this year‘s edition, as well as screen a compilation of excerpts from films of selected participants.
Dieter KosslickFestival director of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2001, he was managing director of Hamburg‘s cultural film fund since 1983. He became director of the Hamburg Film Fund in 1988 and director of the Filmstiftung Northrhine-Westphalia in 1992.
Christine TröstrumChristine 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 advises the Talents International initiatives. In addition, she advises the festival on organisational development.
Annemie VanackereBelgian-born artistic and managing director of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre, Annemie Vanackere started as a production manager at STUC and the Klapstuk festival before taking over as artistic director at the Nieuwpoorttheater in Ghent. From 1995 to 2011, she worked at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg; since 2001, she has been artistic co-director and director of the Productiehuis Rotterdam.
Florian WeghornFlorian Weghorn has been the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as the section’s co-director from 2008-2014, and is a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.