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Local filmmaker set for Germany

by Lesotho Times

MASERU — Filmmaker, Jeremiah Mosese’s movie, Red Drought, will next month challenge for top honours at an international film campus in Berlin, Germany.

Mosese told the Weekender that he was selected from a strong field of 4 300 applications from 137 countries to take part at the 10th Berlinale Talent Campus.

The festival will run from February 11 to 16.

The Berlinale Talent Campus is part of the renowned Berlin International Film Festival.

An ecstatic Mosese said he was surprised when organisers told him last month that his film had been selected as one of the finalists next month.

“I was told to prepare to travel on an all-expenses-paid learning trip to Berlin after I was selected out of 4 300 applicants from 137 countries,” he said.

The Berlinale Talent Campus brings emerging talent and seasoned film professionals together and offers them a platform to refresh their views and discover new horizons.

The campus also allows filmmakers to collaborate and discuss new trends and developments in contemporary cinema and media.

“It is a creative academy and networking platform for 350 upcoming filmmakers from all over the world within the Berlin International Film Festival,” Mosese told the Weekender.

Mosese said he would also take part in editing, directing, cinematography and related activities for six days.

“I will be training with the best film directors, editors, writers and cinematographers who have worked on big Hollywood projects,” he said.

“My film stands a chance to be shown and analysed by film directors from studios within the festival.”

Mosese said this was his first international filmmaking competition and he was very excited about taking part in the project.

“It is one of the biggest film festivals in Europe and I am going to learn a lot as an individual and also for my company,” he said.

He added that he also hopes to hone his skills in Berlin and assist in the development of the local film industry.

“I don’t believe that my government can do anything for me but I believe it all boils down to the individual cherishing their dreams to pursue them. Dreams will surely make room for people.”

Red Drought was directed by Mosese and was produced by Hannah Stockmann. Mokoari Street Films were the executive producers.

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