Below the brand new management of inventive chief Carlo Chatrian and government director Mariette Rissenbeek, the Berlin Movie Pageant is instituting a brand new aggressive part, together with just a few different modifications to the Berlinale program.
On prime of the worldwide competitors for the Golden and Silver Bears and the Berlinale Shorts sections, the pageant will now boast a aggressive roster referred to as Encounters that may showcase “daring works from unbiased, progressive filmmakers,” in addition to “give extra room to various narrative and documentary types within the official choice,” the pageant mentioned in a launch Tuesday.
The Encounters lineup will comprise 15 titles most, both fiction or documentary movies of not less than 60 minutes in size, which may have their world or worldwide premieres at Berlin. A 3-member jury will select winners for finest movie, finest director and a particular jury award.
“The 21st century, with its technological and economical shifts, has modified movie manufacturing in some ways, making boundaries between fiction and documentary, movie essay and style much less secure and extra porous,” mentioned Chatrian.
Chatrian, who used to run the Locarno Movie Pageant, mentioned the Berlinale is “dedicated to propelling the market and discovering new cinematic visions.”
Rissenbeek mentioned Encounters was “a super complement for competitors and the entire of the pageant’s program spectrum.”
The Culinary Cinema part is being axed. The pageant mentioned it could look to include culinary-themed movies within the current pageant sections.
The pair additionally unveiled a brand new choice committee which is able to now tackle movie scouting in Europe and different nations. Except for the beforehand introduced members, Jacob Wong (China, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Ryan Werner (USA), Paz Lázaro (Latin America), Eduardo Valente (Brazil), Meenakshi Shedde (India and South Asia), Maryanne Redpath (Australia and New Zealand) and Dorothee Wenner (Sub-Saharan Africa) have been appointed of their respective areas.
As well as, Norman Wang, Luciano Monteagudo, Dennis Lim, Jason Ryle, and former longtime EFM director Beki Probst will work as advisors and can relay data on the state of tradition and cinema, in addition to facilitate relationships with filmmakers and/or the movie trade.