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Established in 1979, the New York IFP (Independent Feature Film Project) Market as side bar to the New York Film Festival and a response to block buster Hollywood has become an indispensable tool for aspiring and newly established producers, directors and screen writers to check the pulse of the independent film industry and launch their projects. What started as a screening venue for independent productions close to thirty years ago which had little support from the industry has turned into a...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections Part I

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition,  the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections part 1

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition, the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced m...

Berlinale Keynotes A Success In Debut Year

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Friday, February 16-----The Berlinale Keynotes , a new information initiative launched this year by the Berlin Film Festival organization, got off to a successful start. Over 300 distinguished international industry representatives, invited by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin International Film Festival, came together to watch the new event format at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. The first edition focused on the future of the film industry in the digital age, in terms of technology, con...

World Cinema Fund (WCF) expands focus regions: South East Asia and the Caucasus

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 During the World Cinema Fund Day on February 14 the WCF announced an expansion of the focus regions. Alongside projects from Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Central Asia, filmmakers from South East Asia and the Caucasus can be funded from summer 2007 onwards. The WCF is active in production funding as well as in distribution support. The submission deadline for production funding is March 15, 2007, for distribution support in Germany the deadline is February 27, 2007.“We always believ...

World Cinema Fund Day At The Berlinale

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Wednesday, February 14----Today, the Berlin Film Festival celebrated The World Cinema Fund (WCF) with a series of events the Festival dubbed World Cinema Fund Day. The Fund was founded in 2004 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, with the Goethe Institute participating as a cooperation partner since 2005. The Fund supports film projects from the focus regions Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well...

Berlinale Talent Campus Opening

Saturday, February 10---With appropriate fanfare, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick and Campus Director Dorothee Wenner officially opened the fifth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus in the presence of 600 invited guests in the Theater Hebbel am Ufer. The 350 Talents from more than 100 countries will meet with international experts through February 15 in a series of workshops and lectures. In addition to director Walter Salles, the Campus experts Jia Zhangke, Jan Kaczmarek and Jasmila Žba...

Berlin Today Award

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Dieter Kosslick and Campus Director Dorothee Wenner have officially opened the Berlinale Talent Campus #5 in front of ca. 600 invited guests in the Theater Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 1. The 350 Talents from more than 100 countries will meet with international experts until February 15 to learn from their experience in workshops and lectures. In addition to director Walter Salles, the Campus experts Jia Zhangke, Jan Kaczmarek and Jasmila Žbanić will welcome this year’s participants, partners and...

One City, Two Legends

Thursday, February 8----Two legends collided in one city tonight as the Berlin International Film Festival began this evening. For one night only, Edith Piaf waltzed with Marlene Dietrich on the steps of the Berlinale Palast, in the heart of the "new Berlin" Potsdamer Platz. Of course, the two, most deceased, were not dancing in the flesh. But when the music of Edith Piaf, as captured in the Berlinale Opening Night Film LA VIE EN ROSE, spilled onto the streets of Marlene Dietrich Platz, two l...

The Stars Align In Deutschland: an article in the New York Sun

..."The COO of the Paris-based Filmfestivals Entertainment Group, Bruno Chatelin, insists the mixture of small independent films and mainstream industry at the Berlinale is actually good for business on both sides. "The industry thrives on things that major media are interested in," he said. "At the same time, there is the film focus where the media is just looking for the next gem. It's not war exactly, but it's a fight for distribution. And sometimes the small need the big." Mr. Kosslick, me...

25 new stars for Shooting stars; see you in Berlin

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Twenty-five of the best and brightest young actors and actresses from across Europe have today been chosen by European Film Promotion (EFP) as the tenth generation of SHOOTING STARS. In a very special weekend of events commemorating the first highly successful decade of SHOOTING STARS, the up-and-coming talent will be presented to the public together for the first time during the Berlin International Film Festival, 10-12 February 2007. SHOOTING STARS is mainly supported by the MEDIA Programme of...

Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick, Busy Berlinale Chief

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Filmfestivals correspondant Claus Mueller sat down with Dieter Kosslick head of the Berlin festival for an open discussion on the festival changes. Claus Mueller What is the most important change compared to last year?Dieter Kosslick The most important change of course is that we finished out five year plan, including the change of the market, that is the move to the Martin Gropius Bau. That was a big move, and there is another little change, that we give the awards at the end of the festival on...

Berlinale reached its climax with the awards ceremony

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With the Award Ceremony, the Berlinale reached its climax on Saturday, February 18. Hosted by Heino Ferch in the Berlinale-Palast, the event was broadcast live on 3sat. Viewers in the theatre and at home feverishly awaited the announcement of the winners (see the List of Prize-Winners). In addition to the prize-winners, the illustrious guests of the evening included: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Meret Becker, Bibiana Beglau, Jürgen Böttcher, Detlef Buck, Ingrid Caven, Hannelore Elsner, ...

Oscar Boys, Turks in exile and funny english uncles

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front pages with large color photos of celebrity posturings the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviarian flu virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can exp...

Kosslick opens the Berlinale Talent Campus

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56th Berlin International Film Festival • February 09 – 19 2006Foreign Secretary Steinmeier to open CampusForeign secretary Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Berlinale Talent Campus on Saturday 11 February at 5pm. First of all the 520 Campus participants from 101 countries, together with numerous guests from the international film business, will be welcomed. After this the Berlin Today Award will be presented and the three short films nominated ...

Berlinale Opening Gala preceeds premiere of Snow Cake

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International and German Stars at the Opening of the 56th BerlinaleThe Opening Gala of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival was held on February 9 in the Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz. For the first time, the event has been broadcasted live on television (ZDF/3sat). Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick opened the Festival together with Minister of State and Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and Jury President Charlotte ...

Refreshing, eye-opening, heart-warming, sad and beautiful cinema in Berlin

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"Refreshing, eye-opening, heart-warming, sad and beautiful cinema,” is what festival director Dieter Kosslick wishes for the 56th Berlinale. It’s a year of superlatives for the festival: the most professional guests, the most journalists, record participation at the Berlinale Talent Campus and at the new European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau – and audience interest in the Berlinale, “the public festival”, is as high as ever. Even more than the numbers, it’s the themes and co...

Berlin retrospective on screen heroines of the 1950s

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30th Retrospective at the 56th Berlin International Film FestivalDream Girls. Film Stars of the Fifties The Retrospective of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the screen heroines of the 1950s. A diverse programme of 45 films will present 30 actresses from the US, Europe and Japan. The Retrospective focuses on the portrayal of femininity in international films of the post-war period, which mirrors the reactionary climate of the Cold War and questions the obsolete ro...

Frankfurt Book Fair and Berlinale Expand Cooperation

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New initiatives and events at the “Forum Film & TV” of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct. 19-23, 2005) are to strengthen the dialogue between the publishing and film industries / October 19th is Berlinale DayThe fruitful cooperation between Berlin and Frankfurt was launched last February at the Berlin International Film Festival and the initiative is being expanded with joint industry events at the Book Fair in October. The Book Fair and the Berlinale have a common aim: to help successful books e...

Cathy Rohnke will program Berlin Talent Campus

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Berlinale Talent Campus Cathy Rohnke has been appointed as new Programme ManagerEffective 1 September 2005, Cathy Rohnke will take over the responsibilities of Programme Management for the Berlinale Talent Campus as Christine Dorn˜s successor.•The Berlinale Talent Campus is one of the most successful initiatives of the international film scene in the last years. I am very much looking forward to further developing this exciting project together with Christine Tröstrum and Thomas Struck and t...

Fateless new entry in the Berlinale Competition

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The 55th Berlin International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Hungarian-German-British co-production Fateless will screen in this year’s Competition. The film is based on Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész’s book of the same title, which depicts the Holocaust from the perspective of an adolescent boy. Kertész also wrote the screenplay for Fateless. Renowned cinematographer Lájos Koltai’s (Oscar nomination for Malena) directorial debut portrays the fate of Budapest...

Berlinale Talent Campus 2005 expanded

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Considered to be one of the most important innovations of the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, under Dieter Kosslick’s reign, the Talent Campus is expanding again. Organized for young film makers with a demonstrated track record of awards and nominations, the Talent Campus is now adding to the “Working Campus” sessions the ‘Documentary Clinic” where selected film makers can develop their ideas with experienced documentary experts. Other sections of the Working Campus ...

Hamptons gives its awards

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The 12th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at Guild Hall on Saturday, October 23, 2004.On hand to present the awards were the Fest’s Executive Director Denise Kasell, Board Chairman Stuart Match Suna, Programmer Rajendra Roy, and Emcee Bob Balaban. Also on hand with welcoming remarks was Evan Shapiro on behalf of presenting sponsor IFC. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative, with a prize of over $180,000 in goods and in-...

Berlinale adding World Cinema Fund

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Abetted by his creative staff Dieter Kosslick is adding another initative to Berlin’s film repertoire: the World Cinema Fund established by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and administered by the German UNESCO Commission through 2007. Primary purpose is support for the production and distribution of film projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa with funding provided immediately. Accessible to German producers and their foreign counter parts for cooperative an...

The Hamptons International Film Festival panorama

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THE 12TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOCTOBER 20-24, 2004 The 2004 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the 12th annual celebration of presenting films and filmmakers, programs and personalities and an outstanding opportunity for audiences to catch something out of the ordinary, will return to the East End on October 20th through 24th, 2004, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Sag Harbor, Southampton and our new location in Montauk.The Hamptons International Film F...

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