Two Egyptian cinema talents will be among several artists from around the world hand-picked for this year’s Berlinale Talents summit during the Berlinale Film Festival next month.
Egyptian journalist and film critic Yasmine Zohdi, as well as producer and director Mohamad El-Hadidi will take place in events designed to connect film professionals in the German capital Berlin.
Launched in 2003, Berlinale Talents is the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series. The 2018 Berlinale Talents team will welcome filmmakers from 81 countries to Berlin from February 17-22, 2018, including 128 women and 122 men.
NEWSFLASH: Announcing the Berlinale Talents class of 2018! Hailing from 81 countries, the 250 selected filmmakers work in fiction & documentary, long & short forms, experimental & serial formats. What unites them? That you'll want to keep on eye on 'em! https://t.co/f3caBzNoEh pic.twitter.com/klCMXj1Xdq
— Berlinale Talents (@berlin_talents) January 8, 2018
For six days they will have the opportunity to engage with one another, experts and the public, to critically question their own artistic standpoint and to further develop their film projects. Workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions and pitching sessions are all part of the annual networking event.
Actors, cinematographers, editors and creators from other fields will also be involved in the sessions including Project Labs and Talent Press.
Yasmine Zohdi is a writer, journalist, film critic and has been working as a culture editor at Mada Masr since June 2016.
Mohamad El Hadidi graduated from the Jesuit filmmaking workshop in 2010. He started his career in filmmaking as a first assistant director and D.O.P in many Egyptian documentaries and short films and he had the chance to work as a cameraman and third assistant director in Hawi, a feature film directed by Ibrahim El-Batout. In 2010 he shot Black out, a video documentary which was screened in many festivals around the world with his colleague Mayye Zayed. His short movie Alban Wady El-neel was the winner of Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s grant for short movies. He also released a collaborative project in 2013 entitled Odet El Feran (The Mice Room), an omnibus feature film shot and directed by six filmmakers in Alexandria.
As varied as their backgrounds are, one thing unites all 250 participants: Berlinale Talents represents an important stepping stone in their careers. Afterwards, they can look forward to joining an illustrious alumni network that includes many prestigious producers.