Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol has become the fourth programme manager at the Berlinale Talent Campus.
He will be responsible for the general direction of the seventh edition of the Talent Campus in collaboration with Christine Tröstrum. The Campus has announced that in 2009 it will focus on turning points as a driving force in filmmaking.
Since 2007, Knol has worked at Amsterdam's IDFA as the Industry Office coordinator as well as running the IDFA Academy training programme. He is also the secretary of the Netherlands' Association of New Film & Television Makers (NFTVM). Knol previously worked as head of development at Pieter Huystee Film.
'Connecting young talents eager to learn with experienced filmmakers willing to share their knowledge is what really makes my clock tick,' Knol said about his new challenge. 'The Campus is a unique network for international filmmaking and I look forward to working together with Christine Tröstrum to promote this initiative to the fullest.'
Knol replaces Dorothee Wenner who directed the previous two editions of the Campus. Wenner now intends to dedicate more time to film making and production. Her latest documentary Peace Mission about the Nollywood filmmaking phenomenon was released earlier this year.
However Wenner will continue her links with the Berlinale as a member of the selection committee for the Forum, a delegate for the Berlinale for sub-Saharan Africa and India. She will also curate the programme for the next edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus in Feb 2009.
Interested participants have until Oct 8 to apply for selection through the Campus website www.berlinale-talentcampus.de.