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European Film Market Announces a New Director

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 3, 2014 10:00 AM
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On June 1, 2014, Matthijs Wouter Knol from the Netherlands became the new head of the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM). Since 2008, Knol has been the program manager of Berlinale Talents (formerly known as the Berlinale Talent Campus), and is well acquainted with both the Festival and the EFM.

Sydney Speaks Legalese (sort of!)

  • By Jared Feldschreiber
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  • March 4, 2014 10:19 AM
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Lawyer Herald interviewed me. This is an interview I myself am proud of. Hope you like it too:

Talks in Berlin

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 26, 2014 10:49 PM
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Though the market seemed slow on the surface, the usual sales got made: the larger companies selling almost out, the smaller ones busily speaking with others, selling here and there, worrying if this would get better, worse, or stay the same

The Berlinale and EFM from my POV

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 26, 2014 10:44 PM
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You hear it all the time: Quality a bit soft. Not a lot of Big Titles. Not a lot of big news. But Americans were buying all the same, and to quote Screen International: “The current market is focused on smart money and smart deals, not volume of product”.

Berlin - The opening of Talents activities here at the Berlinale. Fest Head Dieter Kosslich makes opening remarks. Talents Head Mathijs Wouter Knol to his right looks on as do Talents section heads.

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • February 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Fest Head Dieter Kosslich makes opening remarks. Talents Head Mathijs Wouter Knol to his right looks on as do Talents section heads.

Berlin - EFM Market in the Gropius Bau. Sydney talking to Ivan and Karolina, Filmmakers from Costa Rica.

  • By Sydney Levine, Peter Belsito
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  • February 16, 2014 1:46 PM
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Karolina Hernandez (co-producer) Iván Porras Melendez (writer-director) were attending the Talents Script Station with their next project El Baile y El Salon (The Ballroom) which they are making with partner in LaFeria Producciones, Marcela Esquivel Jiménez, the producer of the Costa Rican film Princesas Rojas (Red Princesses) which screened last year at the Berlinale and LALIFF.

Berlin - Here in Potsdamer Platz the real world intrudes as we make our way around the Fest and Market here.

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • February 16, 2014 1:00 PM
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Here in Potsdamer Platz the real world intrudes as we make our way around the Fest and Market here. Big demonstration by German families against the Japanese dolphin kills.

Berlin - Some of the audience at Sydney's panel for Berlinale, Shortcuts for First Timers. Quite crowded.

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • February 16, 2014 11:00 AM
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Sydney Levine moderates panel at the Berlinale

Berlinale begins - Sydney moderates a panel with heads of various sections here. Producers, talents, sales and distributors attending.

  • By Sydney Levine, Peter Belsito
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  • February 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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This info panel near beginning of the Berlinale Film Festival and Market / EFM was organized by EFM Head Beki Probst.

Berlin - Potsdamer Platz today on our way to the EFM Market.

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • February 15, 2014 10:00 PM
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Coming up out of the subway - or U Bahn / S Bahn as they call it here - another bright winter day here greets us

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