BERLIN –Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus will head the jury overseeing the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars program for tyro talent.
He will be joined on the jury by actress and former U.K. Shooting Star Lucy Russell, Danish producer Vibeke Windelov, U.S. personal manager Derek Power and Italian casting director Beatrice Kruger.
The jury is part of EFP’s revamp of the 10-year-old event, which takes place during the Berlin Film Festival. In December, the jury will select nine actors from 22 nominees from 22 countries to present at the Berlinale.
With the growing number of European nations, the Shooting Stars event had become increasingly crowded. The changes will make the presentation more concise and, with a limited number of young stars on show, give a better overview.
“Europe is so rich in excellent young actors and actresses who, unfortunately, are often only known in their native countries,” said Ballhaus. He said that the U.S. had “an exemplarily functioning star system at its disposal — developing something similar in Europe would help the film industry here a lot.”
EFP will also support its stars more intensively in their international career, said EFP managing director Renate Rose.
The org has planned a series of events, such as master classes, for this year’s Shooting Stars and will present the thesps and their films at fests throughout Europe.
Other services and events include a Shooting Stars website offering services for European actors, the presentation of the Studio Hamburg Shooting Stars Award during the Berlinale, a party to help connect young actors with film industry reps, a speed-dating event with international casting directors and an international press conference.