For years, discussions with filmmakers directly after the screenings of their films have been a special attraction of the festival experience for many Berlinale visitors. With the establishment of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as a new venue in 2012, the Berlinale had the opportunity to use this space to expand discussions between filmmakers and the audience.
“Some topics simply demand more attention and a broader platform than the time allotted to them usually allows,” commented Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Close contact with international stars in direct conversation after their appearance on the Red Carpet as well as immersion in topical issues –the events at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele offered both.
The talks took place directly after the screenings and varied, depending on the film, in content and form. In the Berlinale’s first year at this location, an impressive new format emerged.