Children and youth sidebar now known as Generation

BERLIN — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival will introduce two changes at next year’s event, including a new section title for its children and youth sidebar.

The Berlinale’s Kinderfilmfest/14plus section will now be called Generation and the short films in the Competition and the Panorama are to be united into a single program.

Beginning at the 57th Berlinale, which runs Feb. 8-18, the two separate competitions for children and youth films will be held under the single Generation heading.

“After successfully establishing our youth film competition 14plus alongside the Kinderfilmfest with its rich tradition, it has become imperative for us to rename this section,” noted fest topper Dieter Kosslick. “With Generation we have found an appropriate term for this change in structure.”

The competitions of the section will now be known as Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

One joint committee will continue to select the films for both competitions.

“Renaming the section in this way enables us to communicate and define our profile more clearly,” said Generation director Thomas Hailer. “We will continue to devote ourselves to films that regard the world from the perspective of the young generation.”

In order to focus more attention on short films, the short film programs previously part of the Competition and Panorama sections will be merged into one sidebar.

“As an art form in its own right, the short film has become so important to us that we want to emphasize the fact by restructuring it in this manner,” Kosslick said.

Directors of short films will also benefit by being better networked within the festival, according to fest organizers. The Generation and Berlinale Talent Campus sections will retain their short film programs.

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