Stephen Daldry to chair Berlin Today jury

Composer Alexandre Desplat mentors Score competition

COLOGNE, Germany -- "The Reader" director Stephen Daldry will head the jury for the 2010 Berlin Today Award, the short-film prize awarded at the start of the Berlin Film Festival's Berlinale Talent Campus.

The three-time Oscar nominee will announce the winner of the 2010 Berlin Today prize on Feb. 13. The Berlinale Talent Campus, a six-day mini-film school for up-and-comers runs during the Berlin Festival.

French composer Alexandre Desplat, a two-time Oscar nominee (for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Queen") also will be heading to Berlin this winter, to mentor the festival's score competition. Three young composers will compete to create the best new score for a short film, which they will all record with Babelsberg's German Film Orchestra. The winner will be announced at the Talent Campus closing ceremony.

Desplat is no stranger to Berlin. His score to Jacques Audiard's "The Beat My Heart Skipped" won the Silver Bear for best music in 2005.

Talent Campus organizers said they have had a record 4,773 applications from 145 countries for next year's event, nearly a thousand more than for 2009. 350 young filmmakers will be picked to attend event, which runs Feb. 13-18.

The 60th Berlin International Film Festival is set for Feb. 11-21.
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