Berlinale Residency, the Festival’s new international fellowship programme, is inviting six filmmakers with their latest projects to Berlin for four months, beginning in September 2012, so they can finalize their scripts, and develop production and distribution strategies.

An international jury – consisting of Bruno Bettati, producer at Jirafa Films and director of the Valdivia International Film Festival, Chile; Thomas Hailer, Berlinale programme manager, Germany; Simon Ofenloch, commissioning editor at ZDF/Arte, Germany; Michael Werner, chairman of Fortissimo Films, Hong Kong; and Vibeke Windeløv, producer at Windeløv/Lassen, Denmark – have chosen six directors and their projects:

Matías Bize, Chile: The Memory of Water
Screenwriters: Matías Bize and Julio Rojas
Producers: Adrian Solar, Ceneca Producciones, Chile, and Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film, Germany

Born in 1979, this director and screenwriter first attracted international attention in 2003 with his feature film debut, Sábado, una película en tiempo real. In 2005 his drama En la cama, which went on to win several awards, celebrated its premiere at the film festival in Locarno.

– Rebecca Daly, Ireland: Mammal
Screenwriters: Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery
Producer: Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films, Ireland

Rebecca Daly was one of the finalists for the Berlin Today Award at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2010. She presented her first full-length feature, The Other Side of Sleep, at the film festival in Cannes and many other international film festivals.

Samuel Maoz, Israel: As We Live
Screenwriter: Samuel Maoz
Producer: Michael Weber, Pola Pandora, Germany

Samuel Maoz first made a name for himself as a documentary filmmaker. In 2009 he won the Golden Lion in Venice, among numerous other awards, for Lebanon, his fictional feature debut.

Raya Martin, Philippines: New Spain
Screenwriters: Raya Martin and Norman Wilwayco
Producer: Arleen Cuevas, Cinematografica, Philippines

Born in 1984, this director and screenwriter has made several short and full-length films since 2004. His fictional feature Independencia received support from the World Cinema Fund in 2009 and has screened at a number of international festivals.

– Rafi Pitts, Iran: Soy Negro
Screenwriters: Rafi Pitts and Razvan Radulescu
Producers: Thanassis Karathanos, Twenty Twenty Vision, Germany

This Iranian director and screenwriter has won many awards and been invited to participate in the Berlinale Competition twice. The first time he presented Zemestan/It’s Winter (2006); and more recently, Shekarchi/The Hunter (2010), which had received backing from the World Cinema Fund.

– Sacha Polak, Netherlands: Luna
Screenwriter: Helena van der Meulen
Producer: Marleen Slot, Viking Film, Netherlands

Since 2006, this 29-year-old director has made several short films. In 2010, she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2012, she presented her first feature-length drama, Hemel, in the Berlinale Forum and won the FIPRESCI Prize.

Berlinale Residency would like to help these filmmakers prepare and package their projects for the market: individually selected mentors from the Nipkow programme will be on hand to advise fellowship holders on developing and revising their scripts. And in a “Script to Market” seminar with market experts, the producers and directors will explore the audience potential of their works.

The selected projects will be presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 10-12, 2013) and/or at the Guadalajara Ibero-American Coproduction Meeting in March 2013.

The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is supporting the Berlinale Residency initiative within the scope of its Berlin 24/7 programme, which offers work fellowships in the German capital for international filmmakers.

“I would like to wish all of the Berlinale Residency participants a highly creative time in Berlin,” says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “We hope their films will find their way onto the international market and, most importantly, make it into cinemas.”

The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Nipkow Programme and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with the MEDIA Mundus programme of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.