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Berlinale names Kiwi judges

The Dark Horse producer Tom Hern and ex-pat Marten Rabarts join the judging panels for Generation, the Berlinale programme strand that’s seen several Kiwi titles compete in recent years.

Marten Rabarts

Marten Rabarts

Rabarts is currently in the middle of a shift back to Old Zealand. Formerly the Artistic Director at Holland’s Binger Lab, Rabarts is returning to the Netherlands to head up EYE International. In between those two stints he’s been head of training and development for India’s National Film Development Council. Rabarts up the NFDC Lab programme which runs alongside NFDC’s Film Bazaar each November in Goa, for which producer Philippa Campbell has been a mentor.

Internationally successful titles including Kanu Behl’s Cannes-premiered Titli and Ritesh Batra’s multi-award winner The Lunchbox have emerged from the Lab programmes. Rabarts also works with CPH: DOX Lab and, just ahead of the Berlinale, is currently hosting Rotterdam’s IFFR LIVE simulcast programme.

Joining Rabarts on the International Jury of the Generation 14plus jury will be Australian director Sophie Hyde (a winner in Berlin last year with 52 Tuesdays) and producer Alix Madigan, (Laggies, Winter’s Bone) who presented at last year’s Big Screen Symposium.

Tom Herns with a bird in the hand at the 2014 NZ Film Awards

Tom Herns with a bird in the hand at the 2014 NZ Film Awards

Sitting with Hern on the International Jury of the Generation Kplus competition will be German writer-director Bettina Blümner and Israeli Michal Matus, director of the International Children’s Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

Hern comes off an exceptionally busy 2014 as producer on both Max Currie’s Palm Springs-premiered Everything We Loved and James Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse.

Between them, the two juries preside over a field of 66 shorts and features from 35 countries playing across the Generation programmes.

The 2015 Berlinale runs 5 – 15 February alongside the European Film Market (5 – 13 Feb), Co-production Market (8 – 10 Feb), and Berlinale Talents (7 – 12 Feb).

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