Blogposts in November 2015:

Alexander Haßkerl wins award in Munich

Alexander Haßkerl has received the Student Cinematography Award for “Wada” at this year’s Film School Festival in Munich.

Director Khaled Mzher accepted the award on behalf of Alexander Haßkerl from Evelyn Voigt-Müller, Editor-in-chief of ‘Film & TV Kameramann’.

Khaled Mzher also gave an interview about his film to the Süddeutsche Zeitung:
Im Zwischenraum

Published on November 23, 2015

Nomination for 2016 German Screenplay Prize

DFFB screenwriting alumnus Paul Salisbury and directing alumnus David Nawrath have been nominated for the 2016 German Screenplay Prize for “Atlas”.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media recognises unpublished screenplays every year through the German Screenplay Prize. It is the most important national award for screenwriters, and also offers the highest cash prize. The nomination comes with a 5,000 € cash award.

On 12th February 2016, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media will announce the winner of the 2016 German Screenplay Prize within the context of the Berlinale reception organised by the Screenwriters Guild of Germany (VDD). The Gold Screenplay Prize is endowed with 10,000 € prize money. In addition, the winner of the Gold Screenplay Prize may apply for funding assistance of up to 20,000 Euro to further develop the prizewinning screenplay.

Published on November 10, 2015

ARLETTE. MUT IST EIN MUSKEL/ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE and COMING OF AGE at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (from 18th – 29th November 2015) is showing ARLETTE. MUT IST EIN MUSKEL / ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE (Director/Screenplay: Florian Hoffmann, Cinematography: Katharina Diessner, Mathilda Mester, Production: Tim Oliver Schultz) in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary (Award for Best Student Documentary, endowed with 5,000€ prize money) and the IDFA DOC U Competition Section (IDFA DOC U Award, endowed with 2,500€ prize money).

The film is screening on 23.11.15 at 8.15 p.m., 24.11.15 at 8.15 p.m., 27.11.15 at 2.15 p.m. and 28.11.15 at 5.15 p.m. COMING OF AGE (Director: Teboho Edkins, Cinematography: Samuel Lahu, Production: Don & Teboho Edkins) is screening in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary Section (Award for Best Student Documentary, endowed with 5,000€ prize money) on 19.11.15 at midday, 20.11.15 at 6 p.m., 23.11.15 at 10:45 p.m., 25.11.15 at 6 p.m. and 28.11.15 at midday.

The IDFA has been held every year since 1988 in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. No other film festival in the world shows so many top-notch documentaries as the IDFA, which is attended every year by film fans and industry professionals from the Netherlands and abroad. The IDFA is the world’s largest documentary film festival and will this year once again screen the most significant and most recent (inter)national documentary films.

A journey from Africa to Berlin unexpectedly becomes a journey from childhood to adulthood. At the centre of the film: Arlette, a war-wounded 15-year-old girl from the Central African Republic. In Berlin a knee operation liberates her from years of pain. As her body changes, her inner being changes too: suddenly she is flung into puberty. But then war flares up in her homeland again. What was meant to be a short trip becomes a journey with no end in sight. Arlette must grow up and take decisions about her future into her own hands. Stranded in Berlin, the young girl faces the challenges of a foreign culture, without a language to communicate in.
A cinematic long-term observation – narrated consistently from the perspective of the young girl from the Central African Republic. A clear, direct vista of our day-to-day life opens up for viewers, seen through Arlette’s eyes.

photo: dffb

Content / Synopsis COMING OF AGE
“Coming of Age” follows young people over the course of two years as they grow up in a remote corner of the mountain kingdom Lesotho, in southern Africa. Fairly little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but a great deal is at stake for the young protagonists. For Lefa, who wears her heart on her sleeve, her whole world crumbles when her best friend, Senate, leaves the village. Lefa must also decide whether to stay or set off in search of better education and new possibilities. Retabile takes care of his family’s livestock in a distant mountain pastureland – eight months a year. His younger brother Mosaku helps him, and watches him going through an initiation ritual that marks the transition to manhood. The summer of youth passes rapidly; doors to the adult world open and close.

photo: dffb

Published on November 10, 2015

Ben Gibson becomes new director of DFFB

The DFFB Board of Trustees chaired by the Head of Berlin Senate Chancellery Office Björn Böhning has confirmed the appointment of Ben Gibson as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH

After the board of trustees in their meeting on 23 October 2015 unanimously adopted the proposal of the appointments committee to appoint Ben Gibson as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH, the contract negotiations on the employment of the new director by the chairman of the board of trustees and head of Berlin senate chancellery Björn Böhning have now successfully been concluded. Ben Gibson has been officially appointed as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH in the board of trustees meeting which has confirmed the decision today. He will begin his work at the prestigious Berlin Film Academy starting 15 February 2016.

State secretary Björn Böhning, the chairman of the board of trustees and head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery Office, explained:
“The board’s unanimous vote in favour of Ben Gibson is a sound basis for a successful realignment of the dffb. I am delighted that with Ben Gibson the Film Academy will be led by an internationally recognised expert of great experience.“

The new director Ben Gibson about DFFB:
”I’m honoured and delighted to be joining the DFFB. The school is not just a great film conservatory but also a key institution in the history and future of film and television culture in Germany and in Europe. Until now I was an outside admirer of its special traditions and its powerful creativity; inside the academy I will have a lot to learn and plenty of passion and experience to contribute.”

Frequently working as a producer, Ben Gibson (57) led the London Film School from 2001 until 2014. Prior to that, from the late 80s to 2001 he worked as an independent film producer and as Head of Production of the British Film Institute from 1989 to 1999. Further career milestones were the establishment of the London Metro Cinema and his work as a film journalist. In the 90s Gibson worked as a producer with film directors such as Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, 1992), Derek Jarman (Wittgenstein, 1993), John Maybury (Love is the Devil, 1997), Carine Adler (Under the Skin, 1997) and Jasmin Dizdar (Beautiful People, 1998). His films were shown at the major film festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Toronto and Locarno, where they were awarded numerous prizes. He is considered a filmmaker with excellent international contacts who will be contributing his wealth of arthouse and low-budget cinema experience.
Most recently Gibson was at the Australian Film Televison and Radio School in Sydney. In Berlin, Ben Gibson has taught and moderated at the Berlinale Talents since its launch, an initiative which every year offers 300 selected talents the opportunity to meet creatives from the international film industry during the film festival.

At present, Ben Gibson is still working and teaching in Australia and will be leading a co-production workshop for Griffith Film School during the Asia Pacific Film Conference before moving to Berlin with his family in February 2016.

Published on November 05, 2015