Kathi Bildhauer is co-head and programme manager of the Berlinale Co-Production Market as well as project coordinator of the ”Talent Project Market”.
She was born in 1977 in Aachen, Germany and studied German and English Literature and Psychology at the University of Cologne, followed by European Film Studies at the University College London. After completing her MA she did a PhD, publishing her dissertation about screenplay dramaturgy outside of the mainstream with the title “Screenplay Reloaded: Storytelling in the Cinema of the 21st Century”.
Whilst studying, she worked in casting for a variety of television formats, was a script-reader for New Line Cinema in London, and was an assistant director and in the script/continuity department on the set of a number of television and film productions in Cologne and Berlin. She has taught screenplay analysis and screenwriting at the universities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Gießen.
Kathi Bildhauer has worked for the Berlin International Film Festival since 2003. She is one of the founding members of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and has been co-head of the department together with Martina Bleis since 2016. She is also a long-term member of the Berlinale Talents team where she has been responsible for the ”Talent Project Market” since 2004. Between 2008 and 2011 she assisted the projects supported by the World Cinema Fund. And from 2012 to 2016 she was project coordinator of the Berlinale Residency.