Tyro helmer on Campus

Hall aims to gather fresh ideas, make contacts for first feature

Peregrinating around the Berlinale’s crowded Talent Campus usually is the quickest way to get to know high-spirited young filmmakers from around the world.

This year is no exception.

Take 26-year-old director Michael Hall from Vancouver, Canada, whose aspiration on the Campus is to gather fresh ideas to put in his short films and make contacts to start filming his first feature.

Hall is one of the 386 promising new directors given the chance to show their work to top professionals like Ian Smith, Janusz Kaminski and Wim Wenders.

“It’s all about the accidents that happen to you and about the determination to go on,” said Hall, referring to the leitmotiv that runs throughout his work — but also to his own experience. Hall was robbed of his DVDs and documents only one day before coming to Berlin and had to make new copies in less than four hours.

The significant thing is to keep going even when things go badly.

Hall’s day normally begins in the early morning at the backpackers’ hostel in Mitte; he then heads to the Campus for breakfast, later on heading to screenings and panels.

Due to the collegial atmosphere at the Campus Hall, he doesn’t have any problems networking — and hanging out at night at neverending film parties. “Even if every day ends with drinking, the festival isn’t stressful because of the drive to do what you like,” is how Hall put the likely wide-shared view on Campus.

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