Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director and Mariette Rissenbeek as Executive Director will officially take office on June 1, 2019. The future director duo have already been in contact with festival sections, initiatives and departments for some time now, learning about workflows and structures, and had the opportunity to gain further insights on location at the festival in February. They started working in their offices at Potsdamer Platz in March and can now present a first look onto the 2020 Berlinale.
“We have different tasks, but the same goal: to successfully lead the festival into the future! We inherit a festival which is not only recognised as one of the biggest in the world but also plays a significant role in the international film industry; we are aware of the huge task we have in front of us and thank long-time Festival Director Dieter Kosslick for the work that he has done. We wish to maintain the Berlinale as an audience festival and as a festival for Berlin and we are looking forward to embracing the new challenges and opportunities that cinema in 21st century offers,” said the director duo.
“My focus is on financing and organisational as well as communication structures on the one hand and developing new strategies and the respective concepts on the other. This includes the support of the industry activities European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund as well as cooperation with our partners in fields other than programming,” adds Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek. “I’m responsible for the festival’s artistic profile. In looking after the programming work, supported by the selection committee, I wish to carve out the artistic shape of the entire festival programme,” says artistic director Carlo Chatrian.