Young talents hit Campus


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BERLIN -- The Berlinale Talent Campus, the sixth edition of the Berlin International Film Festival's popular film school and conference event, will focus on how to evoke, provoke and transport emotions via cinematic means.

About 130 international experts -- among them Mike Figgis, Istvan Szabo, Stephen Daldry and Andrzej Wajda -- will coach 350 young talents in lectures, workshops and panels with the general theme "Screening Emotions -- Cinema's Finest Asset."

Located in the historic theaters Hebbel am Ufer, which celebrated their 100th birthday last week, the campus also focuses on African cinema with the aim of shining a light on emerging and established filmmakers on the dark continent.

Highlights include an event with Daldry ("Billy Elliot"), a panel on film criticism entitled "Matters of Life and Death -- Reviews That Make and Break" with Szabo and German actress Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others"), and "The Language of Spaces and Things" with renowned set designer Alex McDowell ("Fight Club").

Other events include a score competition for young composers, screenwriting workshops and a "Garage Studio," where young filmmakers will produce a daily digital short under the guidance of established directors.

The Berlinale Talent Campus runs Saturday through Thursday. Shuttles from Potsdamer Platz are available from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Events at the theaters are open to the public, with tickets available at all Berlinale ticket counters on the day of the event.