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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Funding Recommendations

  At the 27th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 10 film projects. Six films from Chile, Argentina, Vietnam, Brazil and Paraguay have been nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, the jury has recommended funding the production of a project from Morocco. In the special programme WCF Africa, they have recommended funding a Sudanese project. Two films have received recommendations for...

Improvements at the 2018 European Film Market:

EFM expands the programme in 2018 “DocSalon” is the new meeting point for the documentary film trade   The European Film Market (EFM), hosting more than 9,000 participants annually and serving as the focal point of the film trade during the Berlinale, is improving its attractions for producers.   The “EFM Producers Hub” - an initiative tailored to the needs of producers at the EFM and providing producers with free consultations on financing and distribu...

German Director Tom Tykwer to Head Up the Jury for the 2018 Berlinale

Tom Tykwer       © Joachim Gern German director, screenwriter, film composer, and producer Tom Tykwer will serve as jury president of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. “Tom Tykwer is one of the highest-profile German directors and has established himself on the international stage as a great filmmaker. His outstanding talent and innovative trademark have been on display in a variety of film genres. We have gained a superb jury president in ...

All serial formats at the Berlinale to be presented at Zoo Palast in 2018

The Berlinale Special Seriesprogramme, highly successful since its introduction three years ago, will run under the new name Berlinale Series and move to the new venue Zoo Palast for the 2018 festival. In 2015 the Berlinale was the first A-festival worldwide to create an individual special programme for series within the official programme. In doing so, the Berlin International Film Festival started a new trend and gave the high-quality serial narrative format a prominent platf...

Berlinale: Wieland Speck Hands Over His Position as Head of Panorama to Paz Lázaro

    Wieland Speck, Paz Lázaro, Michael Stütz, Andreas Struck   Wieland Speck, until now head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, will in the future be contributing his extensive range of expertise on film to the Berlinale as Consultant of the Official Programme. Starting in 1982, Wieland Speck joined forces with Manfred Salzgeber to build up Panorama (an autonomous section as of 1980, known as “Info-Schau” until 1985) and made its p...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations - artistically, structurally and geographically diverse   At the 26th jury session of the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects. Five film projects from Bangladesh, Palestine, Brazil, Afghanistan and Uruguay were nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, four projects from Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Egypt were no...

Focus on Canada at coming EFM 2018

from left to right: Michel Pradier (Director Project Financing, Telefilm Canada), Marielle Poupelin (Director International Promotion, Telefilm Canada), EFM President Beki Probst, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and EFM Director Matthijs Wouter Knol at the signing of the contract © Loïc Thébaud In 2018, Canada will be the next “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM’s “Country in Foc...

Director Nora Twomey on “The Breadwinner”

A scrolling band of carnelian clouds circling clockwise, a boy in an Afghani folk costume swirling within, a radiant beam at the center: The opening frames of Nora Twomey’s animated film The Breadwinner tell a tale of light and shadow, conjuring dream imagery of the pyche’s quest towards wholeness in the larger world. In case you haven’t guessed, we’re in the realm of universal truth, seen from toon-spun Afghanistan. The allegory quickly blossoms into...

IFFI Goa 2017, XVIII: 55 years of Bondage

IFFI Goa 2017, XVIII: 55 years of Bondage A thousand eyebrows were raised at the inclusion of a James Bond package in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa 2017. This was a first retrospect/tribute dedicated to a fictional character, the British MI6 spy who first appeared on screen in 1962. It was hotly debated whether the idea had any merit, considering retrospectives were hitherto confined to directors and countries. As many as nine Bond capers were screened, and at the cost ...