Review: ARRI at Berlinale 2018

With the slogan "Experience ARRI at Berlinale 2018," ARRI took part in the largest German film festival by organizing various activities and supporting the Berlinale Talents program as a co-partner, once again.

330,000 cinema tickets sold and over 21,000 accredited trade visitors from more than 130 countries - These are the impressive figures from the 68th Berlinale, which took place from February 15 to 25, 2018 in Berlin. Also this year, ARRI took part in the largest German film festival with various activities using the slogan "Experience ARRI at Berlinale 2018." More than 400 valued customers, partners, and friends accepted ARRI's invitation to the ARRI Opening Night Reception on February 16, 2018 kicked off the 2018 Berlinale with cool drinks, hearty snacks, and good conversation. As in previous years, the opening party took place on the premises of the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb, German Film and Television Academy) on the ninth floor of the Sony Center.

The ARRI Opening Night Reception took place in the dffb premises at the Sony-Center

The hosts and guests included Josef Reidinger (l., ARRI Media), Ute Baron (ARRI Rental), and cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski

Warming-up for Berlinale with ARRI: director Ben Verbong (l.), Ute Boehringer-Mai (ARRI), and Helge Juergens (medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg)

Numerous photos from the ARRI Opening Night Reception can be found on Facebook.

ARRI Lounge, showrooms, and presentations

For ARRI, the dffb premises served as the company's temporary home during the 2018 Berlinale. The ARRI Lounge was open on several days and proved again to be the perfect meeting place for film professionals to view products, discuss eventful festival days, and enjoy pleasant evenings.

Perfect meeting place - the ARRI Lounge

At the same time, interested parties were able to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn about ARRI's extensive portfolio of products and services for the motion picture industry in showrooms and at presentations.

For the first time in Germany, ARRI's new large-format camera system, including the ALEXA LF camera and ARRI Signature Prime lenses, was presented to the public. ARRI's wirelessly controllable LED spotlights of the SkyPanel series, including the new SkyPanel 360-C, could also be seen on site.

Frederic Merten (from l.), Johan Meunier (both ARRI), and cinematographer Markus Nestroy (among others FACK JU GOETHE 3)

SkyPanel fans: Syna Greiser and Florian Bloch (both ARRI) with cinematographer Winnie Heun (center)

Both the new large-format camera system and ARRI´s lineup of LED spotlights were the subject of presentations. Frederic Merten, Product Manager Camera Systems, and Dennis Jackstien from ARRI Lighting explained all the technical details to the full dffb cinema.

Frederic Merten gave a lecture on ALEXA LF and Signature Prime lenses

Dennis Jackstien introduced ARRI's lineup of LED headlights

True to the claim "From Script to Screen," ARRI Media presented their complete service portfolio for the production of feature films and series to another full audience. In addition, presentations were given on topics such as dailies workflows and restoration.

Constantin Seiler, Account Manager Dailies and Product Manager ARRI Webgate

Josef Reidinger (ARRI Media) welcomed the guests to the restoration presentation

More pictures of the ARRI Lounge, showrooms, and presentations on Facebook.

The Making of Netflix DARK

There was a great rush at a discussion round in the dffb cinema with the makers of the first German Netflix series DARK presented by ARRI. This was filmed with equipment provided by ARRI Rental and post-produced by ARRI Media. Showrunner Baran Bo Odar, Executive Producer Justyna Muesch (Wiedemann & Berg), gaffer Bjoern Susen, sound designer/supervising sound editor Alexander Wuertz, lead colorist Steffen Paul, and in-house producer Lola Knoblach (all three ARRI Media), moderated by Elfi Kerscher (ARRI) gave insights into the production and postproduction.

Showrunner Baran Bo Odar (l.), Executive Producer Justyna Muesch (Wiedemann & Berg), and gaffer Bjoern Susen

Pictures from the discussion on Facebook.

ARRI Media at the EFM

At the European Film Market (EFM) in Martin-Gropius-Bau, ARRI's world sales department presented its current portfolio. This includes the new family comedy HELP! I SHRUNK MY PARENTS, Andrei Konchalovsky's Oscar-shortlisted PARADIES, the Cannes entry DIRECTIONS, and the 3D-animated film PLOEY-YOU NEVER FLY ALONE. Other titles include ARTHUR & CLAIR, FOUR HANDS, LOCKDOWN, MOUNTAIN MIRACLE-AN UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIP, and MR. MOLL & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

The ARRI Media International booth at the EFM

In the nearby Marriott Hotel, ARRI Media displayed their offerings for virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality - from the project idea to the finished application.

ARRI Media gave virtual reality "tours"

Further events

In addition, ARRI employees participated in many other events that took place during the 2018 Berlinale.

ARRI co-partner of Berlinale Talents

From February 17 to 22, 2018, Berlinale Talents welcomed around 250 international young filmmakers to a cinematic dialogue. As a co-partner, ARRI actively supported this important platform for the second time and also helped to shape parts of the program this year. 

At the "Talents Circle," Mandy Rahn introduced ARRI's International Support Program

"Dine & Shine" with (from l.) Christine Troestrum (Berlinale Talents), Ute Boehringer-Mai, Mandy Rahn (both ARRI), and Florian Weghorn (Berlinale Talents)

More pictures on Facebook.

Lighting the Future: BLADE RUNNER 2049

With the support of ARRI, the discussion round "Lighting the Future: BLADE RUNNER 2049" took place at the sold-out HAU3 within the framework of Berlinale Talents. Gaffer Krisztián Paluch and light programmer Titusz Badonics explained how they used the latest lighting technology from ARRI Rental to create the intense, oppressive atmosphere of Denis Villeneuve's BLADE RUNNER 2049. They showed exemplary scenes and behind-the-scenes-photos and talked about the cooperation with cinematographer Roger Deakins, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film. Afterwards, the lighting specialists had the chance to answer audience questions.

"Lighting the Future: BLADE RUNNER 2049" (from l.) light programmer Titusz Badonics, gaffer Krisztián Paluch, and moderator Andrew Amondson discussed the subject

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Workshop "Camera Studio"

At the "Camera Studio" workshop, the talents were given deep insight into the use of ARRI camera and lighting technology by the Portuguese cameraman Rui Poças and experts from ARRI Rental - and of course they were able to experience the products hands-on.

Cinematographer Rui Poças (l.) shared his knowledge of ARRI's camera and lighting technology Photo: Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2018

More pictures on Facebook.

Berlinale 2019

We would like to thank all visitors for their interest in the ARRI events and we are already looking forward to the Berlinale 2019. The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 7 to 17, 2019.

By the way: ARRI Media has been producing and digitally editing the Berlinale trailer in all versions and formats since 2002.

Photos: ARRI (unless otherwise stated)

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