Two Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program students have been selected to participate in the 2011 Talent Project Market, a hands-on training program for producers and directors within the Berlinale Talent Campus, an annual creative academy and networking platform for hundreds of chosen up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. The Talent Campus will run February 12-17, within the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which runs February 10-20.
Film student Rafael Lessa Bulhoes Pedreira was selected for his feature film project Greicekelly, which he directs and which is based on Jibóia, his thesis film at the School of the Arts; and Film student Nicole Brending was selected for Preservation, which she directs and produces and which was also her thesis film. Only 11 projects were selected for the TPM, from 270 entries.
The TPM, in cooperation with the Talent Campus and Berlinale Co-Production Market, offers young producers and directors the opportunity to present their film projects to experienced co-producers and financiers. The Co-Production Market is a two-and-a-half-day event within the Campus that brings together more than 500 industry professionals from all over the world for exclusive and concentrated networking.
The first day of TPM is dedicated to meeting preparation and learning about international business and markets. Industry experts give valuable advice on presenting and marketing projects, as well as details of international co-production and financing. The following days are dedicated to one-on-one meetings with potential partners, who have all learned about TPM projects beforehand.
All TPM participants are also automatically considered for the Talent Highlight Pitch: Three TPM participants will be selected to pitch their projects and receive 3,000 Euros for further development.