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Medienboard and TIFF announce new Residency Exchange programme

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Berlin/Potsdam/Toronto - A new German-Canadian Residency Exchange programme was announced today at TIFF. It will offer one German and one Canadian filmmaker the opportunity to live, work and find inspiration in two countries. The initiative is a collaboration between the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It will begin in 2017.
The international exchange programme will expand the creative reach and opportunities for the participants of Medienboard’s Artist-in-Residence programme in Berlin and TIFF’s Len Blum Residency in Toronto. Selected filmmakers will divide their time between the two cities, where they will be provided with professional support, accommodation, travel, and living allowance, as well as a package of benefits unique to each programme.

 “We are delighted to be working with TIFF to offer our Artist-in-Residence the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Canadian and North American film industry,” said Kirsten Niehuus, CEO, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. “Both Berlin and Toronto are significant cities in the industry, with established film professionals that are able to share their experience and knowledge with the next generation of filmmakers.”

 “Providing filmmakers with opportunities to inspire and develop their craft lies at the heart of TIFF’s talent development programmes,” said Kathleen Drumm, Director, TIFF Industry. “Collaborating with Medienboard on this exchange opens important international doors for participants. It also provides a great way for TIFF to expand its international remit by providing a home for outstanding German talent here at TIFF Bell Lightbox.”

The importance of the relationship between the German and Canadian film industries was recognized during the Festival at the new series Breakfast at TIFF. The session “Doing Business in Germany” was jointly hosted by TIFF and German Films.

 Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg’s residency is open to established Berlin-Brandenburg film professionals working at an international level, with an interest in the North American market.

TIFF’s Len Blum Residency is open to writer-director candidates nominated by established producers, directors, and screenwriters within the Canadian film industry. The selected filmmaker will take the next step forward in his/her career and produce a story idea or script to be developed.

About Medienboard
: The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Film Funding division provides funding for films and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. The Media Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events.

About TIFF: TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit

Press Contact Germany:
Mareike Jung
Head of Communications and Press
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
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14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
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