Still from Tangles and Knots written and directed by Renée Marie Petropoulos '17

11 Columbia Filmmakers Featured at Berlin International Film Festival

January 31, 2018

UPDATE: Winners announced - two films by Columbia filmmakers took home top awards from Berlinale 2018.


The 68th Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, will be a Columbia reunion of sorts — with several current students and alumni showcasing their cinematic talent.


Among the 65 features selected is Tangles and Knots, written and directed by Renée Marie Petropoulos '17, in the Generation 14plus program.


Lobster Dinner, written and directed by Gregorio Franchetti '17 and produced by Axel Ohman '16, will be represented in the KPlus program.


Still from Lobster Dinner

Still from Lobster Dinner


The Generation section features films targeted to younger audiences and is split into two categories: Kplus and 14plus.


These films “focus on big and small people and on other creatures; on love and longing for security, and on the banal tragedies of daily life. In addition, they give an insight in the stunning wealth of possibilities and eerie depths of the digital world,” according to the festival website.


Celebrating its 45th year, the Forum section—which consists of 44 films, 35 of which are world premieres— includes the world premiere of The Pillar of Salt, produced by current student, Selman Nacar and Notes On an Appearance by alumnus Ricky D'Ambrose '12.


Columbia will also be well represented in other parts of the festival.


Belkis Esra Saydam '11, Rob Cristiano '13 and Clara Roquet '16 were chosen to participate in the 2018 Berlinale Talents Summit, a professional networking platform that pairs new talent with veterans in the international film industry.


Every year, the Talents Summit brings together 250 selected artists — including writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors and composers — together with professionals in the community for mentoring and tailored coaching in all areas of filmmaking.


While the festival is primarily known for showcasing work for the big screen, the Berlinale is also a market for the sale of films, and for filmmakers to seek out financial support for their projects. The four day-long Berlinale Co-Production Market brings together more than 500 producers and financiers for the opportunity to form collaborations.


Columbia Filmmakers projects selected are for this part of the festival:


  • My First Time of Dying, directed by Cristiane Oliveira '00 BU. (It is listed among official project selection for Berlinale Co-Production Market 2018).
  • Tropical Memories, directed by Current Student Shipei Wen, written by Binghao Zhao '14 and Yinuo Wang '16 (CC '12), and Shipei Wen and produced by Jing Wang '15. (It is listed in “Talent Project Market”).
  • When I'm Done Dying, directed by Nisan Dag '13. (It is listed among official project selection for Berlinale Co-Production Market 2018).


The Berlin International Film Festival takes place February 15–25. The Co-Production Market will is scheduled to happen February 17–21.