Berlin bringing back Keynotes


MUNICH -- For the second time, the Berlin International Film Festival will present Keynotes, an invitation-only lecture and discussion for "international decision-makers from the fields of film, media, games and Web. 2.0," organizers said Friday.

One of this year's Keynotes speakers will be best-selling author, University of Toronto professor and New Paradigm CEO Don Tapscott.

Tapscott, who wrote "Wikinomics. How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything," will speak on what he calls "the biggest change to movies since the invention of the full-length feature film" -- the rapid advances in digital media.

"With the Berlinale Keynotes, we hope the festival will open itself up even more to representatives of other media and the event will establish itself as a forum for innovative questions and exchange between different sectors," festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement.

The Berlinale Keynotes will take place Feb. 12 in the Kaisersaal at Potsdamer Platz. The 58th annual Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 7-17.