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Starting signal for the new Berlinale initiative Berlinale Residency
"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 programme of the festival, 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 programme 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 practises 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 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.
The six selected projects (feature and documentary films and cross-media projects) will be worked on from September to December. Afterwards, they will be presented, in order to find additional partners for financing and - where appropriate - co-production. On offer as initial presentation platforms are the Berlinale Co-Production Market and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which takes place in March and along with its affiliated Film Market is a partner of the Berlinale Residency. Depending on the project, further presentations at co-production markets in Buenos Aires, Durban or Sarajevo are being considered.
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.
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