Berlinale Talent Campus 2010
8ème édition. Dans le programme : Shotgun Stories: African Cinema Attacks


The Berlinale Talent Campus taps into the unique atmosphere of a great festival to bring together young talents and experienced professionals. The experience of the latter meets the inspiration of the former – a very vital platform for the film world to participate in. Since 2007, the Berlinale Talent Campus takes place in the three venues of HAU – Theater Hebbel am Ufer.

The Campus takes place parallel to the Berlinale and works as an intensive week-long academy. Creative professionals from every field of the film industry are available as speakers, teachers and partners for discussion. A number of guests from the festival’s programme sections are also invited to discuss their work with the talents and thus help integrate the Campus into the Berlinale. A great number of Campus lectures and discussions are intended for the public and can be attended by anyone. Tickets are sold under the same terms as other Berlinale screenings and events.

350 talents from all over the world
Talented young people from around the world involved in all areas of filmmaking are eligible to apply to the Berlinale Talent Campus: screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, film editors, art directors, production designers, composers, sound designers, journalists, and visual artists. Over 350 of them are invited to Berlin to reflect on their cinematic ideas in workshops, lectures and panel discussions, and to work on their projects in specialized hands-on studios.

Increasing importance is given to supporting structurally weak film countries by inviting talents from these regions to take part in the Campus. A similar aim motivated the « export » of the Campus idea to other countries: meanwhile festivals in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Durban (South Africa), and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) are organizing their own annual Campus with the support from Berlin. The first official Talent Campus Guadalajara took place as part of the Guadalajara International Film Festival 2009 in Mexico. It has a regional focus on up-and-coming filmmakers from Central America and the Caribbean.

Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People
Each Berlinale Talent Campus attends to a focus topic to which part of the programme is dedicated and for which renown experts are invited. The Berlinale Talent Campus #8 during the Berlinale 2010 will address the theme « Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People ».

For many filmmakers, teaming up with the right people to inspire and support them and to create a collective vision is the essential element of successful filmmaking. The upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus will tap into these thoughts and ask how the development of personal craftsmanship and the experience of choosing the right people intertwine to build gainful long-term creative collaborations. « Teamwork is the key to success. It’s about daring to ask the vital questions together in order to exceed your own limits and to keep that one essential goal in sight: to make a great film. This theme also reflects the Campus, which has, since the beginning, strived to connect young international filmmakers with their colleagues and established professionals, always in the spirit of encouraging collaborative filmmaking », says Programme Manager Matthijs Wouter Knol.

The Berlinale Talent Campus is truly a joint project: initiated by Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick, prepared and organized by a project team headed by Matthijs Wouter Knol und Christine Tröstrum, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag, in co-operation with MEDIA – Training programme of the European Union, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Skillset and UK Film Council as well as 40 other partners, embassies and cultural institutes.

The Berlinale Talent Campus has developed into one of the most exciting initiatives of the Berlinale. Meanwhile it can boast of numerous success stories: co-operations which were conceived here, careers which began here, ideas which originated here – and their visible results can frequently be seen in the Berlinale programme. Regular cooperation also occurs at the Berlinale Co-Production Market where producers and film financiers are introduced to selected projects by Campus participants within the framework of the « Talent Project Market ».

Programme Manager: Matthijs Wouter Knol
Project Manager : Christine Tröstrum
phone +49 · 30 · 259 20 · 515
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Theater « Hebbel am Ufer » (HAU 1-3):

Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 1
Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin

Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 2
Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 3
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

The Campus Lounge is open to the public from Sunday to Thursday, 14:00 – 19:00, in the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 2).

TICKETS TO CAMPUS EVENTS: € 7,00, reduced € 5,00

Tickets are available:
– from Feb 10th – Feb 18th at the Campus counter in the Berlinale Service Centre at Potsdamer Platz
– from Feb 14th – Feb 18th at the ticket counter in the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1 and HAU 2)
– from Feb 8th onwards at any Berlinale ticket counter or online at www.berlinale.de

On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at the ticket counters in HAU 1 and HAU 2.

More information and current programme available at www.berlinale-talentcampus.de

The eighth Berlinale Talent Campus will address the theme « Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People ». For many filmmakers, teaming up with the right people to inspire and support them and to create a collective vision is the essential element of successful filmmaking. The upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus will tap into these thoughts and ask how the development of personal craftsmanship and the experience of choosing the right people intertwine to build gainful long-term creative collaborations.

Sir Ken Adam
(production designer and architect, responsible for James bond aesthetic, recipient of two Oscars for Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George), Christian Berger (director of photography of Michael Haneke’s Golden Globe-winning The White Ribbon, The Piano Teacher and Caché), Stefan Busch (sound designer for Perfume – Story of a Murderer), Stephen Daldry (three-time Oscar-nominee for The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot), Alexandre Desplat (film composer, recipient of Golden Globe for The Painted Veil, two-time Oscar-nominee for The Queen and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Stephen Frears (Oscar nomination for The Queen), Dieter Kosslick, Heike Makatsch, Rafi Pitts (The Hunter, Berlinale Competition), Natalia Smirnoff (Rompecabezas, Berlinale Competition), Peter Strickland (Katalin), Tom Tykwer (The International), Yoji Yamada (About Her Brother, Berlinale closing film) and many others.


Saturday, Feb 13

Opening Ceremony and World Premiere Berlin Today Award Short Films

HAU 1, 17.00 (by invitation only)

The five nominated short films for the Berlin Today Award « Straight to Cinema » will celebrate their World Premiere during the Opening Ceremony of the Campus on February 13 at
HAU 1. (in the presence of Dieter Kosslick a.o.)

The winning film will be awarded during the Dine & Shine Talent Dinner on February 14 in the presence of the Minister of State for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann and the jury members Stephen Daldry, Heike Makatsch and Peter Rommel. (by invitation only)

A public screening will take place at the Berlinale Kinotag on Sunday, February 21, 16:00 at CinemaxX 6. (in cooperation with Berlinale Shorts)

Sunday Feb 14

Cinema Needs Talent – Looking for the Right People

HAU 1, 11:00
Developing an original idea into a finished film is a time-consuming and highly collective process. The key issue is putting together the core team, the right people who inspire, support, bring openness, ideas and suggestions to the table. Famed panellists like Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me) and Stephen Daldry (three-time Oscar®-nominee for the films The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot) share their experiences of working with those key individuals who greatly inspired them and brought a creative drive to their film projects.

Shooting Suspects: Trust and Risks in Documentary Films
HAU 1, 14:00
Unveiling unpleasant truths when shooting documentary films challenges filmmakers to balance between building strong trust with their protagonists and taking significant risks. What if the story told endangers protagonists and the film crew or enrages major organisations depicted in the film? Filmmakers Fredrik Gertten (Bananas, Berlinale Culinari Cinema), Laura Poitras (The Oath, Berlinale Forum) and Anat Zuria (Black Bus, Berlinale Forum) discuss with moderator Matthijs Wouter Knol the perils of filming on tricky ground. In cooperation with Berlinale Forum and Berlinale Culinary Cinema.

Kill Your Darlings
HAU 2, 14:00
Deepening the storyteller’s understanding of merging filmed moments into rich cinematic experiences, Susan Korda will take you into the sacred confines of the editing room to explore the magic of the editing process. Korda, an Oscar®-nominated editor, director, writer and lecturer at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will give advice on how you can kill your darlings in the editing process without killing collaborations in the montage stage of filmmaking.

The Storytelling Trojka
HAU 1, 17:00
Where storytelling is concerned, the three different stages of the filmmaking process – development of the script, shooting with actors and editing – can crucially influence the narrative structure. But to what extent is it realistic to have the different players involved in all three stages of the filmmaking process? The panel with Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Queen) discusses how screenwriters/directors, actors and editors can contribute effectively to each other’s work from an early stage without curbing the independence of the craftsman in question and intruding on his or her creative space.

Casting Internationally
HAU 3, Top Floor, 17:00
Participants of the Talent Actors Stage will share the limelight with reputed casting directors from the US and Europe – Simone Bär (Inglorious Basterds, The Reader), Fred Roos (The Godfather), Lina Todd (The Way Back) – and leading German actress Heike Makatsch (Love Actually, Hilde), to discuss casting experiences. The panel throws light on how actors, producers or directors locate the right casting director for international projects. At the same time, how do casting directors find actors abroad? Moderated by Claudia Landsberger. In cooperation with European Film Promotion.

Monday Feb 15

Cinema Unlimited: Intercontinental Connections

HAU 1, 11:00
When it comes to successful collaboration, the right contacts are necessary, especially when working in regions where there is no major support from the regional film industry to work internationally. The panel brings together four filmmakers from four continents who successfully worked outside the borders of their respective countries and were able to become part of an international network: the Iranian director Rafi Pitts (The Hunter, Berlinale Competition), the Cameroonian director based in France, Jean-Marie Teno (Clando, Le Malentendu colonia, Sacred Places), the Argentinian director Natalia Smirnoff (Rompecabezas, Berlinale Competition) and the two-time National Film Award winner Madhusree Dutta, one of India’s leading documentary filmmakers, whose installation Cinema City will be presented as part of the Forum Expanded programme. Moderated by Vincenzo Bugno. In collaboration with Berlinale Forum expanded and World Cinema Fund.

StreetDance 3D
Cubix 7, 11:00
High-speed rhythmic momentum joins the line up of this year’s events at the Berlinale Talent Campus. Sparks fly as the worlds of street-dance and ballet collide in StreetDance, the vibrant, uplifting and ground-breaking 3D film from Vertigo Films. A preview of with Dolby digital 3D will be followed by a discussion with the post-production team from Vertigo Films and The Post Republic and Julian Pinn from Dolby, focusing on the techniques and costs involved in producing 3D and the challenges and opportunities they offer. With Julian Pinn, Max H. Penner, Michael Reuter, Jim Spencer. Moderated by Jennifer Hoffmann. In cooperation with The Post Republic, Dolby and Insight Out.

Pencils, Puppets and Pixels
HAU 1, 14:00
A marvel of traditional craftsmanship, the animation industry is currently all the rage with young and old alike. Path-breaking animators and animation filmmakers Merlin Crossingham (Aardman Studios, Animation Dep. Wallace & Gromit), Anita Killi (Tornehekken) and Mait Laas (Teekond nirvaanasse) present a range of excerpts from their respective films, an overview of the current state of animation making, and discuss the mixing of craftsmanship and technology. In cooperation with Robert Bosch Stiftung and Berlinale Generation.

The Indie Filmmakers’ Guide to Cross Media (3 events)
Extending the Story: An Introduction to Cross Media Storytelling

HAU 2, 14:00
New technologies are having a profound impact on film production and storytelling: how does the art of storytelling change when audiences can engage with the production process across multiple platforms and move from a passive viewing experience to active collaboration? How does one develop stories and characters that speak to audiences across different screens and devices? Pioneers of the cross media movement and experts from interactive and immersive storytelling will describe how to build story worlds that span multiple platforms and engage audiences in powerful new ways. Additionally, these experts will address issues like how to access new financing sources, marketing strategies and distribution possibilities that take into account cross media models. With Alexandre Brachet, Martin Ericsson, Lance Weiler and others. Moderated by Liz Rosenthal.

(from 14:00 – 15:30 on Monday, 15.02.2010, HAU 2, Tuesday, 16.02.2010. HAU 3, and Wednesday, 17.02.2010, HAU 3).

In the Limelight: Claire Denis
HAU 1, 17:00
The acclaimed French director and screenwriter Claire Denis will give Talents personal insight into her work as part of the Campus’ « In the Limelight » series. Denis’ first film, Chocolat, brought her straight to Cannes, screening in competition in 1998. In 1996, Denis won the Golden Leopard in Locarno for Nénette et Boni and in 2005 she presented Towards Mathilde in the Forum section of the Berlinale. Her latest films are 35 Shots of Rum and White Material, which was screened in competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009.

Be Kind, Rewind: Directors Comment Live
HAU1, 20:00
The screenings of four short films from this year’s festival programme will be accompanied by live commentaries from their filmmakers, moderated by veteran producer David M. Thompson. The concept behind it is the rewinding to specific scenes so as to enable discussion, and to make the audience aware of the process of producing these films, the hurdles encountered and the collaboration that helped finalising these films. In collaboration with Berlinale Shorts and Berlinale Generation.

Tuesday Feb 16

The True « Q »
Production Design Master Class

HAU 1, 11:00
The man who has created some of the most iconic and memorable sets in the history of film: Sir Ken Adam, production designer and architect, is the person responsible for the James Bond aesthetic and is the recipient of two Oscars – for Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and for Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George. In conversation with Sir Christopher Frayling, Adam will illustrate how production design enriches the visual storytelling of a film, adding narrative layers to the landscape of spaces and things surrounding the main characters.

The Secret Life of Sound
HAU 3, Top Floor, 11:00
Often filmmakers who appreciate sound still have a limited idea of the potential for sound in storytelling. Designing the film with sound in mind implies allowing sound’s contributions to influence creative decisions in the other crafts, the sound shaping the picture as much as the picture shapes the sound. Guests like British Silver Bear-winning director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, European film Award: Discovery of the Year 2009) and German acclaimed sound designer Stefan Busch (Perfume – Story of a Murderer) will talk about their passion for sound design and the hidden secrets of narrative storytelling through the ears of the spectator.

Life Through A Lens
Cinematography Master Class
HAU 1, 14:00
Christian Berger, director of photography of Michael Haneke’s Golden Globe-winning The White Ribbon, as well as on The Piano Teacher and Caché, also worked with other directors like Amos Gitai and was awarded internationally for his outstanding cinematography. In his master class, Berger talks about his style of working – how he decides to join a particular project, prepares for the shooting stage with the director and how together they find a way to develop a common film language. Not least about how he manages to surprise directors and producers with images beyond their expectation, lending the final film its very own mood and intensity.

Revolución: Mexican Filmmakers Joining Forces
HAU 1, 17:00
The centenary of the Mexican Revolution (1910) has brought Mexican filmmakers together on a giant film journey, resulting in the omnibus film Revolución. The team of filmmakers gather at the Campus and jointly raise the question, if the revolution has been worth it a century ago, considering the current state of politics and culture in Mexico. With filmmakers Carlos Reygadas, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Mariana Chenillo, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Patricia Riggen, Rodrigo Garcia and producer Pablo Cruz (to be confirmed).

Wednesday Feb 17

In the Limelight: Yoji Yamada

HAU 1, 11:00
Yoji Yamada is one of Japan’s preeminent directors with a lengthy career of over 80 films, four of them having competed for the Golden Bear in previous years. He returns to Berlin with two films in this year’s programme: Otouto (About Her Brother, Berlinale official closing film) and Kyoto Uzumasa Story (Berlinale Forum). In cooperation with Berlinale Forum.

Shotgun Stories: African Cinema Attacks
HAU 1, 14:00
There’s a whole new generation of African filmmakers ready to shoot films which might blow our minds away: because they don’t match the image of African cinema that we are used to. Although filmmaking in most African countries is more difficult than in other parts of the world, this new generation refuses to be silenced by those who try to control their work by means of funding, tough political oppression or simply due to a lack of interest in new images from Africa. This panel offers a platform to exchange ideas for the future of African cinema. With Kunle Afolayan, Oliver Hermanus, Caroline Kamya, Tom Tykwer (Soul Boy, www.onedayfilms.org).
Moderated by Dorothee Wenner. In cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlinale Forum and Berlinale Generation.

Sublime Sounds, Haunting Scores
Score Composing Master Class
HAU 1, 17:00
With a well-grounded background in score composing, extensive experience and an evident personal style, Alexandre Desplat began his triumphant success around the world in 2003 with the wonderful neo-classical and haunting score of The Girl With A Pearl Earring and with his Silver Bear-winning score for The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), followed by The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Ghost Writer (Berlinale Competition). Using excerpts of the diverse films he has worked on, he will discuss the ways of introducing the mood of a film, the timing of a score and heightening of suspense moments.

Happy Returns – The Future After the Campus
HAU 2, 17:00
The Berlinale is not just home to leading filmmakers, it rejoices year after year in the discovery of new innovative films. A number of these projects have been developed at the hands-on training programmes of the Berlinale Talent Campus or by former Campus participants. Filmmakers David Sieveking, Jenna Bass (The Tunnel, Berlinale Shorts) and Rusudan Pirveli (Susa, Berlinale Generation) take centre stage to give helpful tips on getting films through trying times. Moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol. In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama, Berlinale Shorts and Berlinale Generation.

Performance Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir: The Abstract Prophecy Conference
HAU 1, 22:00
This one woman show by Icelandic performance and film artist Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir is a journey to the psychedelic vastness of the feminine mind. Replete with poetic, fantastic moments that are visually interesting without a narrative, it will be a performance full of feminine gestures. A dark haired lady assistant will be mixing bloody marys and occasionally playing one note on the keyboard. The audience should be able to enjoy the performance sitting down, falling asleep and having lucid dreams, then wake up and still be in a dream. In cooperation with Berlinale Forum expanded.

Thursday Feb 18

Sixty For The Future: Celebrating the Berlinale

HAU 1, 11:00
Festival director Dieter Kosslick joins this panel of prominent film critics Hans-Christoph Blumenberg (Spur der Bären. 60. Jahre Berlinale, Berlinale Specials), Michel Ciment (The Art of Sharing Movies, Berlinale Special) and Gesine Strempel to discuss the role the festival has played and continues to play for filmmakers – that of connecting cultures and international cinema, the North to the South, and bringing closer the East to the West. The festival remains a home base for the emerging and the established, today and in the future. Peter Cowie will explore with the panel questions about how a festival like the Berlinale can enrich the métier of filmmaking and enhance the joy of watching films, and in what way cinema will continue to bring people together in the future.

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir: Film Experience as Real Time Happening
HAU 1, 14:00
Icelandic performance and film artist, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir will talk about her body of work, her current installation project at the Forum expanded and her performance of the previous night. Moderated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Bettina Steinbrügge. In cooperation with Berlinale Forum expanded.

Eastern Promises: Emotional Conflicts in New East European Cinema
HAU 2, 14:00
Young East European filmmakers are making films about young people in Eastern Europe at quintessential points in their lives: being confronted with situations in which they have to take huge responsibility and make tough life and death decisions. On centre stage are Russian filmmaker Alexei Popogrebsky (How I Ended This Summer, Berlinale Competition), Romanian director Florin Serban (If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle, Berlinale Competition) and Serbian director Vladimir Perišić (Ordinary People, Best Film Sarajevo Film Festival 2009), who reflect on what it means to work as young filmmakers in Eastern Europe today, how they put together their creative « dream teams » and found the right cast for their films. Moderated by Nikolaj Nikitin. In collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Closing Ceremony of the Berlinale Talent Campus #8
HAU 1, 20.00 (by invitation only)
including the Award Ceremony of the Score Competition.

January 21, 2010, Subject to change


A six-day creative summit for up-and-coming FILMMAKERS. 13 – 18 FEBRUARY 2010
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