Jacqueline Lyanga

Source: Michael Bucker / Berlinale

Jacqueline Lyanga

The Berlin International Film Festival is expanding its delegate network and has appointed festival and US industry veteran Jacqueline Lyanga as US delegate.

Lyanga will scout for potential title selections and prepare the Berlinale’s US West Coast screening tours. She will work closely with New York-based Ryan Werner, who has been a US delegate for the festival since 2019.

“We are happy and proud to have Jacqueline Lyanga on our team, and looking forward to working alongside her,” said Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian. “I have known her for many years and admire her taste, energy and personality. Along with Ryan Werner, I am sure she will do a terrific job strengthening our ties with the US film industry.”

Lyanga most recently served as head of DEI for IMDb and prior to that was artistic director of Film Independent in Los Angeles, and served as director of AFI Fest from 2010-18 when she launched a tech and XR showcase, youth cinema programmes, New Auteur and Masters sections, and a global Guest Artist Director programme.

She founded founded Global Cinematheque in 2020, a US-based organisation to promote international cinema and talent, and was appointed to the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government for her promotion of French film and culture in the US. She has also been awarded the Order of the Crown from Belgium.

Lyanga has served on festival juries at Toronto, Edinburgh, Mumbai, Locarno and Sundance.