Thomas Hailer has been appointed director of the Kinderfilmfest (children's film festival) of the Berlin International Film Festival. Long-time Kinderfilmfest collaborator Maryanne Redpath is deputy director.

Together with the director of the section, an advisory selection committee will be responsible for the programme. Alongside Redpath, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick will appoint two further members for this committee.

The Berlinale is taking the change at the head of the internationally renowned children's film festival as an opportunity to develop the section further. The connection to the German children's film scene and children's film producers is also to be intensified.