The Berlin Connection

Berlin has become an international multi-lingual metropolis and home to a vibrant international film community. THE BERLIN CONNECTION brought together 60 of these Berlin-based filmmakers from all over the world to exchange experiences, introduce them to film institutions based in Berlin and Brandenburg, and encourage them to build up an international Berlin-based network. >find out more about the participants

I LIKE TO MOVE IT

a morning warm-up by Jean-Louis Rodrigue, movement and acting coach, who lead the group into a ritual of integrating body, mind, breath, and creative energy.  Utilising principles of the Alexander Technique, Animal work, and acting techniques, Jean-Louis shared the same warm up he uses with world-class actors. Those who prefer a quiet cup of coffee just sat together for a first chat and mingled.

 

THE BERLIN CONNECTION

welcome speech by EFA Director Marion Döring.

(NEW) KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Berlin-based filmmakers Ester Amrami, Sol Bondy, Aline Fischer and Asli Özge talked about their experiences in Berlin and the discussion soon opened up to include the other participants: What makes people leave their home cities? What attracts them to Berlin? Which film culture and professional experience do they bring? 

THE LUNCHBOX

Each table was hosted by a representative of the Berlin film community and after each course, participants moved on to a different table.

TAKE YOUR CHANCE!

Keynote by Kirsten Niehuus, managing director film funding department, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, followed by a Q&A.

NEW VISIONS, DIFFERENT APPROACHES

Koen Claerhout, Eldad Eitan, Dani Levy and Philipp Wenning talked about how the digital world changes perspectives of cinema: What is the impact on cinema of such neighbouring fields as games, virtual reality, and experimental film?

THE SPIRIT OF BERLIN

Achim von Borries, Fernando Eimbcke and Myrna Maakaron took the city apart - what's good about it, what's difficult, why Berlin, why not?

FILMMAKERS IN MOTION

Dinner speech by Shermin Langhoff, Artistic Director, Maxim Gorki Theatre: In a decade in which right-wing parties are obtaining political space, Shermin Langhoff summoned culture professionals to work for a more integrated Europe and against anti-migration policies and misogyny. “Cultural education is a necessity and the access to a European cinema at a young age would promise broadening of the horizon and thus openness”, Langhoff indicated. She also stated that an institution such us EFA could help in creating broad-mindedness: “We need narratives of complex memberships beyond simplification”, Langhoff added.

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The Berlin Connection was funded by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH and supported by STONE Brewing.

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