Berlin panel stalls replacing fest top

Open debate urged by advisory committee

BERLIN — The advisory selection committee of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival has demanded that a public debate be introduced to the process of replacing Moritz de Hadeln as head of the festival.

Requests have been made for a special committee to be assigned the task of finding a replacement in order to introduce more transparency to the proceedings, according to press reports.

The complaints also address the fact that besides one seat occupied by the German film organization, SPIO, the rest of the body set to choose a replacement for De Hadeln is made up of politicians.

A replacement for De Hadeln was supposed to be named in June but sources say no announcement can be made before a meeting July 17. Film financier Dieter Kosslick is still the front runner with barely any other candidates known to be in the running.

Both the Mannheim-Heidelberg festival head, Michael Koetz, and the Hamburg Film Festival’s Josef Wutz deny ever being approached despite press repotrs that they were candidates.

Director Volcker Schlondorff, whose name was circling as a possible joint festival head, told local papers that he wouldn’t take up such a position and intends to continue making films.

Organizers are said to be considering having two people running the festival.

De Hadeln will head the festival one last time next year.

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