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Cameras are Rolling for the Berlin Today Award 2009: My Super Sea Wall - A short film about global warming in Alaska marks the start of the next competition round
After the competition kicks off in Alaska, the next film, Promenade, is planned to begin shooting in mid-July 2008 in Beirut. The partially animated project from Lebanese filmaker Sabine El Chamaa will be produced by NEOS Film from Geiselgasteig near by Munich. In September and October, cameras will be rolling for each of the other three remaining nominated projects: Wagah (Director: Supriyo Sen, India / Production: DETAiLFILM, Hamburg) will be shot in India, whereas the projects Teleportation (Director: Markus Dietrich, Germany / Production: Schiwago Film, Berlin) and The Berlin Wall (Director: Paul Cotter, UK / Production: Kaminski.Stiehm.Film, Berlin) will be shot in Brandenburg and Berlin. More information is available at www.berlintoday.de.
The five short film projects located crew members with the help of a newly developed B-to-B contact forum on the Campus website - a professional networking tool where Campus Talents can establish an online profile, present their film projects in various stages of production, and post or answer job offers (www.berlinale-talentcampus.de). Within the framework of the Berlin Today Award, Campus participants were encouraged to fill all the vacant creative positions, including for example cinematography, sound design, and editing. And with success: Ilja Coric from Berlin, winner of the Volkswagen Score Competition 2007, will contribute as a sound designer to My Super Sea Wall. Lesley Barnes from Scottland (Campus 2007) will be responsible for animation sketches for Promenade with Grzegorz Korczak from Poland (Campus 2006) behind the camera. Editor Szilvia Ruszev from Berlin and Najaf Bilgrami from Pakistan (both Campus 2008) will collaborate on the project Wagah. Carrie Giunta from London (Campus 2004) will take over the sound design for Teleportation.
The Berlin Today Award 2009 is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Federal Foreign Office. The patron for this year's competition, for which the theme "My Wall" was developed in honour of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, is Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This year's competition mentor is Wim Wenders. The five short films will celebrate their world premiere during the opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2009 (7. - 12. February 2009). The winning film will receive the Berlin Today Award.
The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, in co-operation with MEDIA - Training programme of the European Union, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Foreign Office, Skillset and UK Film Council as well as Volkswagen.
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