Behind the scene | 25 February 2007 06:21 CET


By Tribune
The 57th Berlin International Film Festival came to a successful climax with the Award Ceremony on Saturday, February 17. 1,600 guests were invited to the ceremony in the Berlinale Palast, including two outstanding movie producers from Nigeria Muyiwa Ademola of Muy Authentic Presentations and Paul Olu Wemimo of Wemimo Productions.
The event was hosted by Charlotte Roche, on a live broadcast to millions of television viewers worldwide.
This year, a Nigerian, Peace Anyiam Fiberesima who is also the CEO of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), was among the three International Short-Film Jury. Other members of the jury included, Riina Sildos (Estonia) and Ning Ying (China).
Interest in the Berlinale among visitors from both the film industry and the general public has been greater than ever.More than 19,000 accredited visitors from 127 countries, including 4,000 journalists, attended the festival. Approximately 430,000 cinemagoers attended the festival, including roughly 200,000 audience tickets.
Altogether, 373 films were shown in 1,190 screenings. As a further treat for the public audiences, on Sunday, the festival was dedicated to the public: a selection of this year's Berlinale films will be re-screened for the Berlinale Kinotag.
The Berlinale merchandising products also enjoyed great popularity. 8000 items – bags, cups, teddy bears, T-shirts and caps – were completely sold out at the end of the festival.
The European Film Market (EFM), the main event for the film industry at the Berlin International Film Festival, continues to expand - in quantity and in quality. At two top locations – the elegant historical Martin-Gropius-Bau with its spacious market booths, and the ultra-modern office building at Potsdamer Platz 11 containing the EFM's Business Offices – 259 film companies from 46 countries presented themselves at 115 booths. A total of 702 films were scheduled, and 878 buyers from around the world were accredited.
The 58th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 7 – 17 February, 2008.

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