Berlin film fest reups Kosslick through ’10

Topper formerly headed Filmstiftung NRW

BERLIN — The supervisory board of the Berlin Film Festival has extended the contract of Dieter Kosslick, who will remain director of the fest through 2010, Berlinale organizers said Thursday.

Kosslick has won praise since replacing longtime director Moritz De Hadeln in 2001.

The topper, who formerly headed regional subsidy board Filmstiftung NRW, has introduced a number of sidebar events, including the Berlinale Talent Campus for up-and-coming filmmakers, the Co-Production Market for producers looking for partners and the World Cinema Fund, which finances film projects in developing countries.

He also has tried to make the event more accessible to the public. Kosslick’s folksy humor and cheerfulness have lightened the event and charmed festgoers and celeb guests.

This year’s Berlinale was the biggest to date, with attendance up 30% to 17,000 and 180,000 admissions sold.

On Wednesday the German government greenlit E1.2 million ($1.4 million) in financing to assist next year’s move of the Berlinale’s European Film Market to the Martin-Gropius Bau museum near Potsdamer Platz, where it will have twice the floor space.

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