Lights, camera, action! The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is once again rolling out the red carpet for stars, cineastes, talents and film distributors from 5 to 15 February. The Federal Foreign Office is supporting a number of Berlinale programmes for film makers from emerging economies and developing countries.
Film stars such as Darren Aronofsky, Audrey Tautou, Juliette Binoche, Daniel Brühl and Christoph Waltz are coming to Berlin for the 65th anniversary of the Berlinale this year. The festival was opened with the world premiere of Isabel Coixet’s film Nadie quiere la noche (Nobody Wants the Night). A total of 23 films are taking part in the competition, 21 of which are world premieres.
Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also attended the Opening Gala at the Berlinale Palast with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick
23 films in the competition, 21 world premieres
The Federal Foreign Office is also involved in celebrating the 65th anniversary of this major cultural event and is supporting a number of programmes for up‑and‑coming talents and films from emerging economies and developing countries:
Some 300 up‑and‑coming film makers from 75 countries are meeting at Berlinale Talents during the Berlin International Film Festival. The aim behind this creative pool for international aspiring film makers is to bring established professionals and up‑and‑coming film talents together at workshops and film screenings. In addition to Berlinale Talents, the Federal Foreign Office is supporting the Talent Campus taking place later this year in Durban, South Africa. Thanks to the Berlinale Residency programme, which is also being supported by the Federal Foreign Office, young and promising film makers are given the opportunity to work on actual film projects.
Support for film makers around the world
The Federal Foreign Office is also making a financial contribution to the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund. The Fund is a joint project by the Berlinale and the German Federal Cultural Foundation. It aims to support films from emerging economies and developing countries and to introduce them to a German audience. Together with directors and producers from these countries, German producers and distributors work on film projects that are then shown in German cinemas.
The Fund is intended to support films that could not be made without its assistance; films that surprise their viewers with an unusual aesthetic, have a strong storyline and convey an authentic impression of their cultural heritage. Since the World Cinema Fund was established in 2004, a total of 119 projects from 41 countries have been supported.