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Maintaining Its Position as the Premiere Festival
& Market Of The Film Calendar Year: The Berlinale
& EFM Set The Bar For International Industry Gatherings
 

Dieter Kosslick and Beki Probst
  
The Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and the European Film Market, headed by Dieter Kosslick and Beki Probst respectively, maintains its position as the first major Festival and Market of the calendar year, and continues to set the bar for international industry gatherings by innovating year on year new initiatives to embrace the world of fil

m and filmmakers on many levels. For 2012 the Berlinale is expanding its portfolio with a new initiative, an international fellowship program, Berlinale Residency. The Residency extends a four-month invitation to six filmmakers and their new projects to the creative hub of Berlin in autumn 2012.

"The Berlinale Residency is a logical progression of the previous Berlinale initiatives," explains Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. "The fellowship serves as a follow-up project for filmmakers who already had a feature in the official festival program, who were selected with projects in the Berlinale Co-Production Market or Berlinale Talent Campus, or who were supported through the World Cinema Fund. However, we are also looking forward to receiving other filmmakers from around the world, whom the program will entice to Berlin."

Kirsten Niehuus, Managing Director of film funding at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg said: "We were particularly impressed that the Berlinale Residency not only practices traditional story development, but also works on the projects in close relationship to the market and with corresponding experts from the industry. Audience orientation and effective analysis are more important today than ever before."

The program will help filmmakers to complete their scripts, as well as develop the audience potential of the films together with producers in a "Script to Market" seminar. Working in unison with individually selected mentors from the Nipkow Programm and international market experts will enable the filmmakers to take a solid step toward placing their next film project on the way to a successful theatrical release. Directors who have already celebrated a feature film success at a renowned international film festival can apply for the four-month Berlinale Residency.

Adding to a roster of innovations to grow the EFM, the Market sector of the Berinale, EFM Director Beki Probst commented, "Through our nine-year collaboration with the Sundance Institute we've presented a selection of strong US Indies in Berlin, and now we're combining this with the American Indies selected by IFP in our new market initiative. It's a fitting mix and an important expansion of our offering for EFM exhibitors, buyers and participants." That announcement sees American independent filmmakers having their own lounge at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, under the umbrella American Independents in Berlin. The umbrella organized by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and the Sundance Institute, has more than 50 US Indies showcasing their films in the sections IFP Selects and Sundance at EFM to over 1500 buyers who attend the first international film market of the year.

Simulating another sector the EFM's "Meet the Docs", the networking platform for documentary filmmakers in collaboration with the European Documentary Network (EDN), continues to grow. There is a new meeting and contact point for the documentary industry on the 2nd floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, directly next to the EFM Lounge. Daily information sessions "Meet the Distributors" and "Meet the Festivals" will take place. The international documentary festivals IDFA and DOK Leipzig will also present a selection from their most recent programs.

The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, the Nipkow Programm and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, in co-operation with the MEDIA Mundus Programme of the European Union and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The first call for entries for the Berlinale Residency, which will begin in September 2012, starts at the opening of the Berlinale on February 9, 2012 online at www.berlinale-residency.de

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