Matthew Wouter Knoll, head of the ongoing European film market as well as the Berlin Film Festival, is resigning with the fest after 12 years. He will then be in charge of the European Film Academy starting January 1.
During his long tenure at the Berlin Film Festival, Wooter Knoll was the program manager for Berlinale Talents from 2007 to 2014, and then in June 2014, he was appointed director of the European film market in Berlin.
“With great success, Mathews has come forward with the strategic expansion of the European film market and has developed it into one of the most notable industrial platforms in the audiovisual industry,” said Marlene Rezenbic and Carlo Chatrien, director duo of New Berlinel.
“We are grateful for his great commitment, and congratulate him on his new professional challenge. We wish Mathews well and look forward to continuing the exchange with him in his new position, ”the pair added.
Wooter Knoll says his time at Berlin was “for the last 12 years” a great and incredibly enriching experience … especially Berlinale’s talent and then EFM, “
“I am leaving the festival with many good memories. I would like to thank everyone at the festival management for their trust in me and I am pleased that it will give us new opportunities to continue working together in the future, ”said Wouter Knoll.
Water Knoll will step down on EFM on October 31. The festival management has not yet decided on his successor.