New executives enter festival's upper ranks
The European Film Market, the Berlinale administration and the Talent Campus have all received injections of new blood this year with a slew of appointments and a shuffling of the old guard.French-born Catherine Buresi became the EFM’s deputy director in September, succeeding Karen Arikian, who ankled the post to become executive director of the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival last year. Buresi has worked in the international film industry for almost 20 years, most recently working as a matchmaker and program consultant for the Berlinale’s Co-Production Market, the Producers Network at the Marche du Film in Cannes and the Dubai Film Festival’s Dubai Film Connection. She also has served as a consultant for various institutions and film festivals. As team leader of the Euromed Audiovisual Program from 2006 to 2008, she was responsible for developing partnerships between Europe and MEDA countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) and in that role also worked closely with the Berlinale’s Talent Campus. Her international experience and familiarity with international producers made her an ideal candidate for the job of deputy director, Kosslick says. Buresi is currently overseeing the EFM’s new Meet the Docs initiative, a documentary film program set up with the European Documentary Network that provides comprehensive information to filmmakers and buyers on all the docs screening at the fest, as well as the EFM Industry Debates, which will present panel discussions on the most pressing topics facing the industry. Meanwhile, in a staff shuffle at the fest itself, Maryanne Redpath, former co-director of Generations, has taken over as the director of the children and youth section, while Thomas Hailer, the sidebar’s former head, has become the Berlinale’s program manager and will directly assist Kosslick. In the new post, Hailer is handling all issues related to the fest’s programming and coordinating communication between the Berlinale’s various sections and departments. Redpath has worked for the festival since 1993 and served as the Berlinale’s delegate for Australia and New Zealand since 2005. Florian Weghorn, who has assisted Generations’ management since 2002, will succeed Redpath as co-director. At the Talent Campus, Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol is the educational platform’s new program manager. Along with Christine Troestrum, who has been part of the Campus management team since 2004, Knol is overseeing the general direction of the Campus and looking to improve the exchange between Campus participants and the industry professionals attending the EFM and the Co-Production Market. Before coming to Berlin, Knol worked at Amsterdam-based Pieter van Huystee Film, where he served as head of development, and at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). “Connecting young talents eager to learn with experienced filmmakers willing to share their knowledge is what really makes my clock tick,” he says. Dorothee Wenner, who directed the previous two editions of the Campus, ankled in order to devote more time to filmmaking and film production but remains involved with both the Campus and the fest: In addition to assisting and taking part in the Campus’ panel discussions, she also serves as a delegate for sub-Saharan Africa and India on the Forum sidebar selection committee.