A Blue Sofa Session With German Filmmaker At Goethe



Filmmakers and film enthusiasts who attended the unique talk programme on filmmaking dubbed ‘Blue Sofa with Dorothee Wenner’ organised by Goethe Institut, Lagos two Friday ago admitted they had a rewarding session. They said they learnt so much listening to Wenner, a renowned filmmaker, curator and programmer speak to them about the business of filmmaking and international distribution.

A young filmmaker Ade Brown said he was now better informed on what filmmakers needed to do to get their works into international festivals and markets. Wenner is based in Berlin, and she works as a freelance filmmaker, writer and film curator. A jury member for Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Wenner spent the last three weeks in Lagos researching her next feature film.

“I have gone everywhere there is to go for my new film and I have talked to everyone I need to talk to you. Thanks to my friends here in Lagos and the Goethe Institut, I was able to secure all the facts that will help me in further developing the story of my new film,” she said.

Wenner is an accomplished documentary filmmaker. Her documentaries often transgress borders of traditional genres, as she uses elements of feature filmmaking when working with protagonists. In 2008, her theatrically released documentary Peace Mission, an insider perspective into the intimate world of Nollywood, won critical acclaim. In 2014, she directed DramaConsult, a documentary exploring German-Nigerian business relations. She is the delegate for Africa and India for the Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale, as well as for the Dubai International Film Festival.

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