Jessi Renzi: From Berlinale 2011 With Love!
Filmmakers Notebook has gone International with a little help from Jessi Renzi, otherwise known as @CORKY242, who brings us a review of the festivities at Berlinale!
First of all congrats to the winner of the Golden Bear “Jodaeiye Nader az Simin/Nader And Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi”.
For me, the Berlinale 2011 was a mixed festival in some ways. In my opinion the movies and the atmosphere were too political. Please don’t misunderstand. I know that movies with a political subject are very important to give insight and to inform and that you can start a movement with them. But for my taste it was too much. My point of view is still that a movie should take one away to other worlds, away from the problems of our time-for reality we have got the news. Just my humble opinion.
However, there were also good things. I’m really happy that finally Raindance opened in Berlin and did a wonderful pitching event. It was totally funny and the ladies and gents who pitched were great! Not to forget the host of this event: Elliot Grove-a perfect host. Sadly we both didn’t have much time to talk. And-by the way-this event was for free!
This brings me to the next point. There are many events and possibilities for filmmakers to contact interesting people. Unfortunately, most of these events are not for free. There were some public events at the Berlinale Talent Campus, but to take part at the events of the European Film Market you need to be accredited, and that’s expensive… Sad.
All in all I’m happy with the event, as I met some people I had contact with on Twitter and Facebook. The weather conditions weren’t as horrible as the years before and some celebs finally found their way to Berlin.
Looking forward to the Berlinale 2012 .
Visit Jessi on her blog at http://sif-supportforindependentfilmmakers.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter @CORKY242.