Today Award to kick off Talent Campus

Prize to go to winner of Berlin short film contest

BERLIN — The Talent Campus event at the Berlin Film Festival will kick off Feb. 10 with the Berlin Today Award, presented to the winner of the international short film competition.

The year-round Talent Campus invites filmmakers to develop short film ideas relating to Berlin. Each year the three best concepts are selected by a committee and realized with the support of local subsidy office Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and film industry partners.

Berlin-based company Zero Fiction Film produced this year’s finalists.

“Shanty Garden Town,” helmed by Guillaume Giovanetti (France) and Cagla Zencirci (Turkey), examines Berlin’s community gardens.

“The Great Water Battle,” helmed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz (Poland) and Andrew Friedman (U.S.), documents a unique Berlin tradition, the annual water fight on the Oberbaum Bridge between the residents of neighboring districts Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.

Animated film “The Woolen Hat,” helmed by Rhoda Kawinga (Zambia), tells the tale of a young girl who saves the Berlin bears from a power-hungry cat.

The next competition will get under way after the award ceremony.

Meanwhile, local production companies and filmmakers have signed up as “Berlin Angels” to offer attendees a look at the local biz on the final day of the Talent Campus. Ziegler Film, Schiwago Film, Hahn Film, game developer Yager and directors Bulent Akinci (“Running on Empty”) and Matthias Luthardt (“PingPong”) will take part.

“The Berlin Angels serve a very special purpose,” said Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, one of the main partners of the Talent Campus. “As the mentors of these international talents, they provide a glimpse into the creative potential of the city and lay a foundation of enduring contacts so that these young filmmakers will return to Berlin in the future.”

Some 350 attendees are expected at this year’s Talent Campus.

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