Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick is set to remain at the head of the leading international festival event until 2016.

In an interview with the German news agency Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa), Kosslick said: “The State Minister for Culture and Media Bernd Neumann has made me an offer for an extension to my contract that has greatly pleased me. It is nice that I can continue running the Berlinale.”

A spokeswoman in Neumann’s office was cited in the dpa report as saying that Kosslick’s contract is expected to be extended until 2016.

Kosslick had been appointed to the post of festival director as successor to Moritz de Hadeln in May 2001. His current contract is due to come to an end on April 30, 2013 - four weeks before his 65th birthday.

It had been rumoured for some time within the German film industry that news would soon come of an extension to Kosslick’s contract, especially after State Minister Neumann indicated in an interview given at the end of August that he would be keen to see Kosslick remain at the helm of the festival as “Mister Berlinale”.

The extension has not yet been confirmed by the festival.