Africa the focus of Berlin fest's Talent Campus


BERLIN -- The current state of filmmaking in Africa will be the focus of this year's Berlinale Talent Campus, the mini-film school that runs Feb. 9-14 alongside the Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 7-17.

African talents, including actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, documentary filmmaker John Akomfrah, Senegalese director Fatoumata Kande Senghor and video artist Ahmed Salem from Mauritania will take part in a series of lectures and workshops with the young up-and-comers selected for this year's Campus.

Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain," "Babel") will also attend the 2008 Berlinale Campus as a mentor for invited talents. Santaolalla will sit on the jury judging the Volkswagen Score Competition, which picks three young composers to have their music recorded by the Babelsberg Film Orchestra and mixed at the Berlin's Konrad Wolf film and television academy.

The winning scores will be presented live at the Talent Campus closing ceremony at the HAU 1 building on Feb. 14.