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Shortfilm Festival draws long pic list

Filmmakers from 20 countries will be taking part in Berlin’s 15th annual Shortfilm Festival from Oct. 26-31.

This year’s theme of humans and technology at the turn of the century is to provide a linking motif for the entries. Among the countries represented will be Australia, Cuba and France.

The show will also be offering a special look at the last decade in Germany, entitled “The Wall: Views From East and West,” with commentary and anecdotes from filmmakers who grew up in East as well as West Germany.

Zu Salm ankling SPE

Ludwig zu Salm is leaving Sony Pictures Entertainment after five years with Columbia TriStar Intl. Television and more recently as head of Columbia TriStar Film und Fernseh Produktions.

Zu Salm, 45, said he had accomplished what he had set out to do for Columbia TriStar, namely develop local television and film productions in Germany.

Cuba calls Wenders

Director Wim Wenders is going back to Cuba to team up with some of the local musicians from his recent documentary “Buena Vista Social Club” for another project.

Singers Omara Portuondo and Ibrahim Ferrer are set to appear in the German director’s next film after he finishes up work on “The Million Dollar Hotel” with Mel Gibson.

Wenders gave away few details about the planned pic, although the Cuban artists won’t be portraying themselves in the film.

“Buena Vista Social Club” has grossed nearly $3.5 million in Germany since it opened in June, while the album of the same name is currently at No. 1 on Germany’s album charts. The band’s frontman, 72-year-old Ibrahim Ferrer, is currently at No. 6 with his own album, “Buena Vista Social Club Presents…”

Onyx moving its HQ

Adult-oriented music channel Onyx is moving its headquarters from Dortmund to Cologne to be closer to Germany’s media biz hub.

Chrysalis Records and EMI Electrola are among the big companies based in the city.

All of the cable broadcaster’s 30 employees are also making the move.

Onyx has been on the air since early 1996 and targets 30- to 55-year-old viewers with its mix of rock, pop, country and jazz programming. The cable channel is received in some 10,000 households.

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