Tyger, Tyger’ and ‘Vivarium’ at Berlinale Co-Production Market


Berlinale Co-Production Market, 14-16 February

At the 13th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market a select group of 36 new feature film projects from 29 different countries will be able to forge international co-production and financing partnerships. In addition, five renowned companies will be presented in the scope of the market’s exclusive company matching programme.

Two Irish projects have been selected to participate.

Tyger, Tyger (Director: Mark Noonan), Savage Productions

Vivarium (Director: Lorcan Finnegan), Fantastic Films. This project received Single project development funding in 2015.

Click here for further information.



The Irish @ Berlinale 2013


The feature documentary SLOW FOOD STORY funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has been officially selected for the Culinary Programme of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and there are numerous other Irish films screening and selling in the market.

SLOW FOOD STORY directed by Stefano Sardo is the story of a man and the movement which revolutionised gastronomy. It is the tale of a cultural revolution which has been taking place for the past 25 years and still shows no sign of waning.


Members of the Irish film industry will also be attending the festival and market .

The Irish Film Board (IFB) will once again have a presence at Berlinale and EFM, this year in the Martin Gropius Bau – Stand G8 upstairs on the balcony.


Keep up to date with what’s happening in Berlin on Twitter @irishfilmboard, Facebook and the Irish Film Hub iPhone app which can be downloaded from iTunes.


Check out the Berlinale website here


Call For: Entries to Berlinale Shorts and Generation


The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 07-17, 2013 and we are currently preparing the new festival edition. We would like to draw your special attention to the SHORT FILM COMPETITIONS and encourage you to submit your films.


Below you can find a brief summary of the application guidelines.


Berlinale Shorts


Berlinale Shorts is hosting up to 30 short films. They compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, a nomination for the Best European Short Film (Prix EFA) and aBerlinscholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).


  • Duration no longer than 30 minutes.


  • Production completed no earlier than 2012.


  • The film may have participated in national competitions or side selection in festivals in the country of its origin, but not outside the country of origin.


  • World premieres are preferred.




Generation is hosting two competitions with short films dedicated to a young audience: Kplus screens programmes for children of various age groups; short films for an audience from 14 years on are presented in the 14plus competition. A Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film is awarded in each competition. Participants in both competitions also run for the awards of the Generation Kplus or 14plus International Juries, endowed with each € 2,500.


  • Duration no longer than 30 minutes


  • Production completed no earlier than 2012


  • World, international and European premieres are preferred/ German premieres are accepted.


Please submit films through our website www.berlinale.de by November 14, 2012.


Short films can be uploaded directly online.  Infosheet Short Film Upload


In case you submit several films and want to pay the entry fee by bank transfer for the whole package, please contact Ms. Brigitte Abel at the programme organisation to get the code required in the entry form. If you want to use a credit card you will have to pay each single submission separately during the application process. You are requested to send a list with film titles and the names of the directors to the programme organisation.


Please find further regulations as well as an overview of the prizes awarded by independent juries on our website www.berlinale.de.


If you have questions regarding your submission please get in touch with:


Berlinale Shorts: Nicole Stecker (shorts@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-212)

Generation: Laura Höfer (hoefer@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-423)

Programme Organisation: Brigitte Abel (abel@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-446)



Film Ireland – The Spring Issue 2012 – Issue 140… Out Now!

All aboard the skylark. The new issue of Film Ireland is out now and is jam-packed with all the latest from the world of Irish film!

This issue focuses on this year’s wonderful Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and highlights the finest current Irish films on offer.

We also bring you the best of German-Irish co-production and the Irish Film board have shipped over 200 copies to give out at their stand at Berlinale The Berlin International Film Festival.

We talk to James Hickey of the IFB and continue our guild features on directors, writers and cinematographer. And much, much more… What else could any lover of Irish film want?

Ross Whitaker talks to James Hickey, the new CEO of the Irish Film Board, about funding, film and finding an audience.

Festival director Gráinne Humphreys looks forward to, and back on, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival with Brogen Hayes.

Paul Webster talks to Michael Garland, one of the producers of Death of a Superhero, a new German-Irish co-produced feature and Ian Fitzgibbon, its director.

Paul Lynch talks to the filmmakers behind a new German-Irish co-production, Saving the Titanic.

Niamh Creely takes a look at the Arts Council’s art documentary scheme Reel Art and talks to Oonagh Kearney, director of one of this year’s three features.

Steven Galvin catches up with Emile Dinneen in the editing room as he put the final touches to Nightdancers in time for JDIFF.

Shane Kennedy talks to actor and this year’s presenter of the IFTAs, Simon Delaney

Shane Perez reports on the Galway Film Centre’s interview with celebrated American TV-writer Vince Gilligan.

Niamh Creely talks to filmmaker Michael Lavelle about his experiences shooting a short film in Germany.

Film Ireland talks to Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, filmmaker and director of the first Irish film Festival of India.

Director Shimmy Marcus on making films in The Factory.

DOP Robbie Ryan discusses his approach to film work.

Writer Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde tells us about his experiences as a co-writer on the screenplay for this new Irish film.

Maeve Clancy explores the world of Post-Production in Film Ireland’s comic page.

Paul Lynch explores why superheroes movies are no longer films for our times.

And our Regulars include:

Up Close with Brendan Gleeson & My Inspiration with Ivan Kavanagh

Your Updates for all the latest news, awards and screenings.

Spotlight on Frank Berry, director of Ballyman Lullaby

On Set – a report from the set of the BBC’s Being Human


Reviews: Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, Dreams of a Life, Ballymun Lullaby

Festivals – all the latest reports & previews

Filmbase News











Berlinale Talent Campus #10 — The Talent Press Call for Applications


We’d like to invite you and/or your colleagues to apply for Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe-Institut, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics). Young film critics and film journalists will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 – 19, 2012) and on the events of the Berlinale Talent Campus (February 11 – 16, 2012).

The call for applications for Talent Press is now open. Please read the following application regulations carefully (they can also be found online at www.berlinale-talentcampus.de  and www.fipresci.org


Young film critics or journalists

— Fluent in English (in writing and speaking);

— Eager to report on films screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and on events held during the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012;

— Having published articles in newspapers, film magazines, on websites or at universities.


— To be willing to cover a broad range of journalistic work: you will write interviews, reviews, reports, articles and features on the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlin International Film Festival

— To attend daily editorial meetings with a personal mentor (see below)

The work you write may be published on www.berlinale-talentcampus.de, www.fipresci.org and www.goethe.de Participants will grant unlimited use and exploitation rights in and to all articles and reviews done in the framework of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlin International Film Festival.


— The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and to be with 350 young talented filmmakers from all over the world and to experience the day-to-day buzz of a prestigious A-Festival.

— You will be guided through the Berlin International Film Festival by international film critics such as Chris Fujiwara (film critic, editor “Defining Moments in Movies”), Dana Linssen (co-publisher De Filmkrant), Derek Malcolm (London Evening Standard), Stephanie Zacharek (Chief film critic Movieline) and Oliver Baumgarten (former Chief Editor “Schnitt”). Rubaica Jaliwala is your contact person from the Berlinale Talent Campus team.   

— Every day, you have the opportunity to write a review about a film from the festival programme or short reports of an event at the Campus programme, and will discuss it with your fellow participants and film critics.

— Free accommodation in youth hostels in Berlin from February 9 – 16, 2012.

— A share of the travel expenses depending on your country of origin.


— Curriculum vitae and personal data (address, email etc.)

— Up to three (3) original copies of articles that you have published in the last two (2) years (if these articles are not in English you should supply us with a decent translation as a proof of your English writing skills for each article).


You can only apply on the Berlinale Talent Campus website:


(All the relevant information and the application form can be found by clicking on APPLY NOW on the homepage of the Berlinale Talent Campus site.)
— Get an application number on the website;
— Log in and fill out the complete online application form;
— Please ensure that you have filled out the online application completely. If you are unable to upload your articles you can send them by regular mail;
— Your work must be at the Berlinale Talent Campus offices by October 5, 2011;
Please make sure your name and application number are clearly displayed on the articles you send. 

If you have any queries please contact info@berlinale-talentcampus.de

The application deadline is October 5, 2011. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of December.

Kind regards, 

The Berlinale Talent Campus team
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Potsdamer Strasse 5
D-10785 Berlin
T +49 (30) 259 20 515
F +49 (30) 259 20 519

The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. The Talent Press is organised in co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut.

FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics
Schleissheimer Str. 83, D-80797 Munich, Germany
T +49 (89) 18 23 03, F +49 (89) 18 47 66
info@fipresci.org, www.fipresci.org


Meet the Docs at European Film Market 2011

Meet the Docs promotes networking and exchange among buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentaries at Berlinale, 10–18 February. Established in 2009, the initiative is a collaboration between the EFM and European Documentary Network (EDN), an organization comprised of 1000 members serving the documentary sector in Europe.

Meet the works as a meeting point for the documentary industry; its umbrella stand will facilitate documentary sellers, buyers, producers and directors with screening facilities, networking and market information as well as serving as a network space and meeting point dedicated to documentary.

All services offered by Meet the Docs are free of charges for EFM badge holders, except for the access to the screening facilities.

The Meet the Docs umbrella stand will be located at the 1st floor at the Marriott Hotel, EFM Stand # 122, and the contact number is +49 30 22000 – 1133. For more details visit www.efm-berlinale.de


Domhnall Gleeson a ‘Shooting Star’

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson has been one of 10 young actors selected to take part in Shooting Stars. This is a unique pan-European initiative which puts a spotlight on Europe’s best actors and puts emerging new acting talent at the forefront of the Berlin International Film Festival.

2011 is the 14th edition of the event and will see the actors involved in a number of activities which include several presentations to the film industry and public; a press conference; an intimate one-on-one-meeting with international casting directors; a reception and presentation at the Awards Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast.

Other actors which were given the honour in previous years were Daniel Craig, Ludivine Sagnier, Maria Bonnevie, Rachel Weisz,  Moritz Bleibtreu,  Johanna Wokalek and Nina Hoss.


Irish Film at the Berlinale: An Interview with Rebecca Daly

Snow storms continued to cover Berlin but as the 60th Berlinale celebrations kicked-off, over 1,500 guests managed to brave the weather. Hollywood’s Renée Zellweger, appearing in only a low cut dress, remarked that it was ‘Perfect cinema weather here in Germany.’ Zellweger sat on the judging panel for this year’s Golden Bear Prizes. The Opening film of the festival was Wang Quan’an’s Apart Together. The selection of this film highlights the strong link the Berlinale has always had with Asian film. The gala screening was attended by the festival’s jury president Werner Herzog plus a starry guest list from across European and Asian cinema. Stephen Dalton of The Times remarked on the film: ‘The low-key family drama that follows finds history repeating itself, more as farce than tragedy, with flashes of lyricism and dry humour.’
Belinale festival director Dieter Kosslick commented in a recent interview: ‘Even if we are in the entertainment business, it’s really important to deal with art seriously.’ And while the big hitters like the troubled Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) have featured, European indies reside centre stage throughout the festival. Representing Ireland was Hugh O’ Conor with Corduroy (which premiered on Tuesday 16th as part of Generation 14plus Short Film) and Rebecca Daly with Hum in the Berlinale Talent Campus Short Film (which premiered on Saturday 13th February).
Hum is a project that began almost a year ago as part of the festival’s Talent Campus. The competition was entered by 250 young filmmakers from 65 countries working with the motto ‘Straight to Cinema’. Last year Rebecca Daly, along with 15 other hopefuls, was invited to meet with producers and pitch an idea for a short film. Five were selected (Hum, Jonah and the Vicarious Nature of Homesickness, Reflection, By Night and The Astronaut on the Roof) for the Berlin Today Award 2010. Daly admitted there was ‘a great relationship from the start. I met with producers and the project happened in August.’ The shoot for Hum took place around Dublin and Daly was delighted with the support that she received. ‘It was a hectic two-and-a-half days. Post-production was taken care of in Berlin by Lichtblick Media.’
Hum is anchored by a stellar Irish cast of Kerry Condon (The Last Station) and Lalor Roddy (Hunger). Daly reveals ‘it’s fantastic working with actors like Kerry and Lalor. Both of them brought something special, interesting and sometimes unexpected to the project – which was great. Kerry was particularly drawn to the script, recognising the character of this woman immediately.’ This is not the first festival project Daly has been involved with as she also took up a four-and-a-half month residency with Cannes. She feels ‘it really helps you to gain recognition and is a great way to meet people, to share and work on your ideas. They are a big help when starting out.’ Daly added ‘I really enjoy working in Ireland, the stories I want to tell tend to have an Irish context or at least that’s how I naturally access their themes.’ This is only the start of many successes for Daly as the hard work continues saying ‘it’s exciting and daunting. I’m really looking forward to it. It has been in development for a couple of years and feels ready to be made.’ The Other Side of Sleep, her next project, is in the early stages of planning but Daly hopes to start shooting by the end of the year.

Beatrice Ní Bhroin