Connecting a New Generation of Filmmakers: The Berlinale Talent Campus
A Master Class by Mattjis Wouter Knol from The Berlin
International Film Festival
13.10.2012 - In a special session as part of
twofour54 tadreeb's series of training workshops at Abu Dhabi Film
Festival, Matthijs Wouter Knol took the stage in the Emirates
Palace Ballroom on Saturday to share with a group of young
filmmakers the story of the Berlinale Talent Campus.
"The Berlinale Talent Campus is organized alongside The Berlin
International Film Festival; it is like a parallel think tank for
young filmmakers, aspiring actors, cinematographers, producers and
music technicians," Knol said.
The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) taking place
each February, is one of the world's largest and most renowned
festivals of any kind. Knol said the ampus is like a stepping stone
for young filmmakers to enter into the film scene - a tremendous
opportunity for them to meet other filmmakers, learn from acclaimed
directors and producers, and have access to a state-of-the-art
facilities, assisted by talented instructors and teachers - some of
them including distinguished filmmakers like Ridley Scott, Mike
Leigh and Wim Wenders. However, Knol added, "The Talent Campus does
not [just] give the stage to famous people in the film industry,
our priority is young filmmakers. The main goal is to bring
up-and-coming talent and experienced film professionals together.
It offers them a platform to invigorate their views, discover new
horizons, get to meet fellow filmmaking collaborators and discuss
innovative trends and growth in contemporary cinema and media."
The Berlinale Talent Campus has a theme each year, with the one
for the upcoming Berlinale being "Some Like It Hot." The Campus
lasts for six days and presents a large variety of different
programmes for up to 300 people each year including actors,
directors, cinematographers, distributers, editors, film critics,
producers, production designers, screenwriters, sound designers and