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07.02.2004 10:00
communication, perception, time
talent campus
A "glitzy launch" - so the New York Times on the first Berlinale Talent Campus 2003 in the House of World Cultures. Here young screenwriters, producers, directors, camera-men and women, and actors meet established professionals and participate in a week-long winter academy dedicated to the essential aspects of filmmaking. In 2004 the Berlinale Talent Campus #2 will once again offer 500 young filmmakers from all over the world an invaluable opportunity to learn the tips and tricks of the trade from the greats of the international film industry - no wonder the Campus' motto is "Let's get passionate about film!"

Spread over six days, the 2004 series of events will be devoted to the five P's - or phases - of filmmaking: philosophy, preproduction, production, postproduction and promotion. With "The Sound and Music", the Campus’ target group has been expanded to include sound designers, composers of film scores and film editors. The prime objective of all events is a focus on practice-oriented topics and global applicability of techniquies.

The Berlinale Talent Campus is growing in popularity around the world. By the application deadline, 3500 young filmmakers from 101 nations had applied to attend in 2004. Project manager Christine Dorn is pleased with the response: "This year we’re particularly proud to have received applications from countries in which a film industry barely exists – countries like Afghanistan, Ghana or Syria. Even young filmmakers from Bangladesh, Benin and Mali want to come. Our international network, which includes the German Foreign Office, Goethe Institutes, embassies in Berlin, Deutsche Welle, TV5, film schools and cultural institutes, has been an enormous help in spreading the idea of the Campus out into the world."

The Working Campus projects, in which the talented newcomers work together in small teams during the week of the Talent Campus, are also very popular. A total of 151 people applied for the digital short films Talent Movie of the Week, and 115 "alumni“ - i.e. the gifted from 2003 - for the Campus Making Of. The new Berlinale Co-Production Market will host the Talent Project Market, for which 184 projects for international co-productions have already been submitted. Between now and the end of December, a four-member selection committee under the direction of Thomas Struck will view all the one-minute film submissions. By the beginning of January it will be clear, which 500 young filmmakers will be invited to take part in the Campus, to be held at the House of World Cultures from February 7th to 12th.

An initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a division of the Kultur-veran-stal-tungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, in cooperation with MEDIA Training, the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Labor and Women’s Issues, the House of World Cultures and Volkswagen. Founding partners are the Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the UK Film Council.