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Berlin festival boosts short films

Shorts section limited to world premieres

BERLIN — Short films will be gaining increased significance at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Organizers said Thursday that as of 2008, all screeners in the Berlinale Shorts section will be presented as world premieres.

“In this way, current international trends in filmmaking can be witnessed on the big screen,” said Maike Mia Hoehne, Berlinale Shorts curator. “More than 1,500 submissions from 64 countries is evidence enough that this type of film production continues to thrive.”

Added Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick, “The short film is a reflection of how society is changing. It is radical and without constrictions.”

From the approximately 30 films that will screen in the Berlinale Shorts sidebar, around 10 will be included in the competition for the Golden and Silver Bears.

The international, three-person short film jury will also award the Prix UIP for best European film and the DAAD scholarship prize.

On Feb. 11, the Berlinale will devote the day to short film with panel discussions and opportunities for auds to meet filmmakers, while a short film night on Feb. 13 will offer an extensive program of shorts comprising films from all sections of the festival.

The Berlinale presents a total of around 60 short films across the various sections. In addition to the films screening in Berlinale Shorts, shorts also unspool in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, children and youth section Generation and contemporary art sidebar Forum Expanded, presented in two-hour blocks.

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