Dieter Kosslick

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Date and place of birth: 1948, Pforzheim, Germany

Living place: Berlin, Germany

Theme: film

ECC Participation: Congress Council

photo: BE&W

Dieter Kosslick has been the director of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) since 2001. He has had an extraordinarily dynamic influence and presence in European cinema. Kosslick studied communication, politics, and education at the University of Munich, where he held a teaching position after graduating. He later worked as a speechwriter for Munich Mayor Hans Ulrich, before going on to become a journalist for “Konkret” magazine.

“I know sex, football, and politics was big last time. But this time, if there is a trend, then it’s definitely political.”

He became involved in film funding in 1983 as the managing director of Hamburg’s cultural film fund, before going on to serve in a series of organizations. In 1988, he founded and became president of EFDO (the European Film Distribution Office).
In 1992 the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia offered him a position as the head of the Filmstiftung NRW. Within nine years, North Rhine–Westphalia became an important spot on the map of German cinema, as well as a significant region in the international film world. 

He has received dozens of honors and awards for his work, including the “Chevalier dans L'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur,” awarded by the French Government.

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