Holighaus tapped by German Film Academy

To step down as director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

COLOGNE, Germany -- Alfred Holighaus, director of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar at the Berlin International Film Festival, will step down next year to take on a new management job with the German Film Academy. Holighaus takes up his new post in January but will be on hand for the 60th Berlin Festival, which runs Feb.11-21, 2010.

Holighaus joined the Berlinale as part of a new team behind Festival director Dieter Kosslick and has been the director of the Perspektive sidebar since its debut in 2002. The section focuses on new German cinema, particularly work from film students and first-time directors.