Lebanese director and actress, Myrna Maakaron, will launch the new Samsung Small Art Film (Samsung Smartfilm) competition at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival . To win, the film needs the highest record of online votes.
Samsung wishes to promote the fresh take on competition as a modern blend of ambitious short films and web clips. Six renowned directing talents have been nominated by the Berlinale's section directors. Their efforts explore the theme "Discover Berlin in Motion" and give surprising and touching views of Berlin.
The Samsung Award offers the six nominated directors the opportunity to showcase their skills internationally. The six participants Döndü Kilic, Jan Kruger, Claudia Lehmann, Myrna Maakaron, Meggie Schneider and Jan Soldat have already achieved considerable success as filmmakers and won several awards. Since mid-December, they have been busy around the capital, equipped with a Samsung Galaxy Camera, in search of their own personal interpretation of the theme "Discover Berlin in Motion" and looking to explore the new Smartfilm genre in a no more five minutes length films.
On her participation in the Samsung SmartfilmAward, Myrna Makaaron commented "I am extremely happy to be selected for that competition or initiative. And moreover, extremely touched that the Berlinale considers me a filmmaker from Berlin; as we were selected by the Berlinale sections for the Samsung Smartfilm Award. That made me feel that I belong here as well... it gives a warm feeling beside the joy of creating a film again".
Myrna Maakaron was born in 1974, shortly before the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in Beirut, and was a drama enthusiast from an early age. She studied communication and film at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and dramatics at the Sorbonne in Paris. Maakaron received the 2004 Berlin Today Award for her film BerlinBeirut. Today she is the director of the children's section of the Beirut Film Festival and the children's program of the International Dubai Film Festival. Her debut feature film Pink is currently in development stage.
The finished works premiere at the legendary Babylon Cinema in Berlin-Mitte. Anyone will be able to judge the entries for the Samsung Smartfilm Award at samsung.de/berlinale until 17 February. The audience votes will decide which Smartfilm deserves the award. The online voting will last for a week, the winner will be revealed on 17 February, and his/her contribution will be screened in selected cinemas across Germany.