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Time was, filmmakers were a bit like other artists.Since the Sundance Film Festival created its network of film labs, film development has now become a fixture at major – and aspiring-to-be-major – festivals the world over.The latest addition to film development in the Arab world is Talents Beirut. Talents Beirut is the offspring of a workshop series originally called the Berlinale Talent Campus, founded in association with the Berlin International Film Festival (aka Berlinale) in 2003 .During each festival Berlinale Talents assembles 300 filmmakers – writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors, distributors, production designers, composers, sound designers and aspiring film journalists – to mingle with international film industry professionals. The work of many Talents alumni later appears in the Berlinale's film programs, suggesting the workshops are effective. Talents Tokyo gave the Berlinale a toehold in Asia in 2011 . It was about this time Mroue met Matthijas Wouter Knoll, then Berlinale Talents program manager, now head of the European Film Market. The seven coaches recruited for Talents Beirut have worked on a range of international award-winning films.
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