The 9th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus's short film competition has announced the five short films that it will be producing in collaboration with Berlin-Bradenburg and the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The theme for the program is "You are Leaving the Familiar Sector." The program's five finalists were pulled from a pool of fifteen international directors who pitched their ideas to ten participating production companies. The films will be screened at next year's Talent Campus, after which a jury will decide on the winner, who will receive the Berlin Today Award. The five finalists, with descriptions provided by the Talent Campus are listed below:
-- In "The Ambassador's Wife," Michael Lavelle from Ireland tells the story of Sandra, who is willing to go beyond all boundaries for the body of her dreams. The project will be produced by Macchiato Pictures Filmproduktion.
-- Eva Pervolovici from Romania will direct "Little Red," a fairy tale about female initiation from the point of view of 10-year-old Ica, in collaboration with Beleza Film.
-- Together with Kloos & Co. Media, British director Tristan Daws will film "The Day We Danced on the Moon," a documentary that follows the members of the Reggae band "Channel One", a group of mental health patients who use their music to express the experience of psychosis.
-- heimatmedien will produce "Spoilt Broth" with Toby Roberts, also of Great Britain, a black comedy about a post office robbery that takes a highly unusual turn.
-- In "Hackney Lullabies," Kyoko Miyake from Japan will portray three young migrant mothers in the London neighbourhood of Hackney and ask them about their dreams and hopes for themselves and their children in their new home. The documentary will be produced by Filmkantine.