Outgoing Berlin Festival Boss to Receive "Force of Nature" Award

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Dieter Kosslick

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem will award Dieter Kosslick its inaugural prize, honoring “extraordinary personalities committed to the development of world cinema.”

In what looks likely to be a yearlong farewell tour for Dieter Kosslick, a film school in Jerusalem will honor the outgoing Berlin Film Festival boss with its inaugural “Force of Nature” cinema award.

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem, a program set up by the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2011, conceived the prize to honor “extraordinary personalities committed to the development of world cinema.” Kosslick will be the first recipient and will attend the awards ceremony in Jerusalem on Friday. 

“A particular concern of mine has always been the national and international promotion and funding of talent and up-and-coming filmmakers. I’m exceedingly pleased to receive this award,” Kosslick said.

Kosslick, who has run the Berlin Film Festival since 2001, will be stepping down after the 2019 fest, to be replaced by the creative/management duo of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek.

In his long reign in Berlin, Kosslick helped launch the Berlinale Talent Campus, a one-week film school for up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world, and actively supported world cinema, both in Berlin's official lineup and in outreach programs running year-round.