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The 74th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from Feb 15 - 25, 2024 / EFM : Feb 15-21
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Today is World Cinema Fund Day at Berlinale

World Cinema Fund Day: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 2.30 pm


WCF Day is the World Cinema Fund’s public think-tank. The panels and discussions focus on film culture, production conditions in the funded regions, structural changes and funding strategies, as well as on new key aspects of the WCF funding strategies and the presentation of new WCF-funded projects and films.


February 21, 2024

HAU2, Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

(Free Entrance / Limited capacity. RSVP to


WCF DAY in cooperation with Berlinale Talents

Diversity as a Self-Evidence – 20 Years World Cinema Fund:

Dealing with the complexity of the world – Enjoying the multiplicity of cinema languages


2.30 pm Introduction(s)


Keynote Speech by Elisabeth Mansfeld, Senior Strategic Advisor:

World Cinema Fund: Cinema & Beyond”


3.00 pm Director’s Talk / About Pepe, in Competition at the Berlinale 2024

Pepe: A Hippopotamus as Main Character

Encounters, misunderstandings, improvisations

Vincenzo Bugno, head of WCF, in conversation with director Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias


4.15 pm Talk 1 / The Charm of the Minority

How to deal with minority co-productions

State of things, financing, prospectives

with Christoph Friedel (Producer, Germany), Giovanni Pompili (Producer, Italy), Marion Wagner (Hessen Film & Medien, Germany) and Carlotta Guerrero (ICEC; Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals, Spain)

Moderated by Marjorie Bendeck, director of Connecting Cottbus Co-Production Market


5:15 pm Talk 2 / Dealing with Africa(s)

Is time on our side?

New voices, new stories, new realities in African Cinema

with the directors Mamadou Dia (Senegal), Inadelso Cossa (Mozambique), Luck Razanajaona (Madagascar), Nelson Makengo (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Moderated by Dorothee Wenner, filmmaker and curator





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