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Berlinale Talent Campus

Jan 25, 2012:
The future of filmmaking explored: 150 experts join the anniversary edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus #10 – including Mark Cousins, Alex McDowell, Thomas Demand, Tony Gatlif, Uli Hanisch, Brillante Mendoza, and Keanu Reeves

For the tenth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus, 150 experts from all over the world will join the Campus to meet, talk, mentor and intensively coach 350 filmmakers from around 90 countries at the Hebbel Theater am Ufer (HAU) between February 11-16, 2012.

The future of filmmaking

The question of the future of filmmaking runs like a red thread through the six-day programme, including the panel “Building Narrative Worlds: Digital Design for Cinema” on Monday, February 13. Renowned production designers Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Fight Club), Uli Hanisch (The International, Cloud Atlas), Habib Zargarpour (The Bourne Identity), and acclaimed German visual artist Thomas Demand will be moderated by Andrew Shoben and discuss the current state of production design, in which the ability to create entirely new digital worlds and alternate universes; offering exciting perspectives for screenwriters, directors and artists when it comes to storytelling (Monday, Feb 13, 2pm, HAU2).

The way in which audiences interact with stories has also transformed radically over the past decade. How can storytellers and filmmakers adapt, as audiences move effortlessly from one platform or device to the next—from mobile to social media and other digital platforms? Leading cross-media experts like Michel Reilhac (ARTE France Cinema) and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky, Panorama 2012) will shed light on the new storytelling language and behavioural mindset that cross-media stories require and will share their experiences building narrative worlds, characters and locations (Monday, Feb 13 and Tuesday, Feb 14, 2pm, HAU3).

The Post-Production Studio offers emerging directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers the opportunity to work with the newest camera equipment and to learn from mentors Stefan Ciupek and Dirk Meier about the intricacies of corresponding digital workflows. The Post-Production Studio is run in cooperation with dffb and Camelot Broadcast Services.

The future of digital filmmaking is the main theme of Chris Kenneally’s Side by Side, featured in this year’s Berlinale Special and produced by Keanu Reeves, who also conducts the interviews in this documentary film. Together with director and film critic Mark Cousins (The Story of Film — An Odyssey, Berlinale Special), Reeves will delve into the art of interviewing and the skills required to deliver an on screen conversation that moves audiences and engages with them. Both Cousins and Reeves will use a plethora of interview excerpts from their respective films (Thursday, Feb 16, 11:15am, HAU1).

Other confirmed experts include directors Brillante Mendoza (Captive, Competition 2012) and Tony Gatlif (Indignados, Panorama 2012) as well as acclaimed editors Andrew Bird (The Future), Susan Korda (For All Mankind), Gesa Marten (Low Lights), Alex Rodriguez (Children of Men) and Molly Malene Stensgaard (Melancholia).

For more information about the Berlinale Talent Campus #10, please visit

Press Office
January 25, 2012

The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, 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, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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