Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Stage Set for the Stars of Tomorrow

Text from Volkswagen AG.
Volkswagen supports Berlinale Talent Campus and Shooting Stars initiative

WOLFSBURG / BERLIN, Germany - As a main partner of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival, Volkswagen is again focusing on emerging talent with its support of the “Berlinale Talent Campus #4”. In addition, Volkswagen is also part of this year’s Shooting Stars initiative for European film talent.

This is the third time that Volkswagen is giving its support to the Berlinale Talent Campus in the House of World Cultures. From February 11 – 16, 2006, 520 talented filmmakers from 101 nations can exchange experience and network with the film community, including the actress and this year’s Berlinale Jury President Charlotte Rampling (GB), director Wim Wenders (D) and star cinematographer Christopher Doyle (AU).

Oscar award winner Stephen Warbeck (GB, “Shakespeare In Love”) has agreed to act as mentor for the “Volkswagen Score Competition”. The film music composer will advise the competition finalists when they set to music a Volkswagen clip along with two other film excepts. The Volkswagen clip documents the “Project Fox”: young artists entirely redesigned the former Parkhotel in Copenhagen, creating the “Hotel Fox” to coincide with the european market launch of the small car Fox. The clip will premiere at the “Farewell Ceremony” (commencing 8:00 p.m.) on February 16, 2006 marking the close of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

The “Potluck Recipes: Inspired Teamwork” workshop organized by Volkswagen Coaching GmbH will start at 4:30 p.m. on February 14 and 15, 2006. The workshop, specially developed for the Berlinale Talent Campus, introduces young filmmakers to the success factors of high-achievement teams.

From February 11 – 13, 2006, “Shooting Stars 2006”, a European Film Promotion (EFP) initiative, presents young European film talent to the public at the Berlinale. A total of 21 Shooting Stars who attracted attention through their outstanding presence on the screen in 2005 have been nominated by EFP member organizations.

The German Shooting Star 2006 is the 30-year old actress Johanna Wokalek. Born in Freiburg, Wokalek debuted at the 1996 Wiener Festwochen with “Alma – A Show biz ans Ende” and most recently impressed the film community with her outstanding performance as Leila in Til Schweiger’s film “Barfuß” (Barefoot).

Volkswagen is providing the Berlinale Talent Campus with four Touareg for the VIP shuttle service and five Multivans for young film teams. The Shooting Stars will be chauffeured around Berlin in 15 Golf R32.

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