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Alumni Funahashi to bow 'Big River' at Berlin Film Fest

BERLIN — The Berlinale’s educational Talent Campus is paying off for international filmmakers.

Japanese Talent Campus alumni Atsushi Funahashi will have the European premiere of his feature “Big River” in the Forum sidebar of next year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Funahashi met his Pakistani co-producer Mohammed Naqvi and American co-writer and cinematographer Eric Van Den Brulle at the event last year.

They managed to find the rest of their financing for “Big River” from Japanese producer-distrib Office Kitano via the Berlinale Co-production Market.

Next year’s Talent Campus will focus on culinary cinema. The Campus, which runs Feb. 11-16, is partnering with the Slow Food on Film short film festival in the Italian city of Bra, birthplace of the slow food movement.

With next year’s motto “True culture lies in developing taste, not reducing it,” the Campus is holding its Film on Hunger, Food and Taste competition, for which Campus applicants must submit a film of up to five minutes in length.

The best shorts will screen at the Berlinale and win an invitation to Bra’s Slow Food on Film fest in April.

The Talent Campus is accepting applications until Nov. 1. Go to Berlinale-talentcampus.de to apply online.

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