Let your dreams take you to Berlin

07 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Filmmakers and industry facilitators are urged to apply to take part in the Berlinale.

Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry.

This year, the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) is seeking to sponsor industry facilitators and filmmakers who want to attend the event with two flight tickets, visa fees, couriering of promotional material and booth space. This was announced by the chairperson of the commission Joel Haikali at an industry mixer held last week. The commission believes that it is necessary for Namibia to be represented at the festival as it is an ideal market in terms of securing project investments, skills exchange and major skills development opportunities.

“This particular festival is also a great platform for facilitators to attract productions to the country and the NFC itself. We therefore see it immensely beneficial to filmmakers and facilitators, provided they optimally maximise on this opportunity. This is why such an opportunity must be accorded to the right individuals,” he said. The Berlinale is an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM) in cooperation with the World Cinema Fund which promotes films from sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Interested candidates must submit a motivational letter stating why they deserve the sponsorship and how they plan on maximising the opportunity. The candidates should have a project in pre- or post-production mode and the project information together with a marketing strategy for Berlinale should be submitted before 31 December. Candidates are required to prove that they will be able to sustain themselves in Germany in terms of accommodation and meals.

June Shimuoshili

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