Programme Manager, Berlinale Talent Campus
Berlin International Film Festival
Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol studied Contemporary History at Leiden University and at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. He worked as a freelance journalist until 2001 before joining in Pieter van Huystee Film, the Amsterdam-based renowned and internationally award-winning production company focusing on documentaries. Becoming Head of Development in 2004, he focused on the development, financing and international co-production of documentary film projects. He worked with acclaimed filmmakers Heddy Honigmann, Peter Delpeut, Ramon Gieling and Mani Kaul as well as with several young filmmakers, being associate producer for various documentary films. As such, he co-produced in 2005-2007 the DVD edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered collected works with ARTE Vidéo, which was awarded the Prix Cahiers du Cinéma in 2006.
In 2007, Matthijs Wouter Knol started working for IDFA, spreading his activity between the co-production and sales markets and the IDFAcademy training programme. Managing the latter programme, he initiated IDFAcademy’s first Summer School, focusing on strengthening the narrative structure of scripts and rough cuts.
He has worked since 2001 as a producer for Foundation Arts&Ex, organizing several photography exhibitions, lectures, video installations, and retrospectives — all closely related to cinema and in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), MoMA, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Galerie Colette (Paris). Knol has been working as a narrator for documentary films and served as a board member of the Netherlands Association of New Filmmakers NFTVM.
Appointed in 2008 as the new programme manager of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Matthijs Wouter Knol is responsible for the full programming of the master class and hands-on training programmes for up-and-coming filmmakers during the Berlin International Film Festival. Every year, the Campus invites 350 talents from 100 different countries all over the world to Berlin for a six-day summit, to learn from experienced and renowned industry experts and celebrities and to encourage collaborative filmmaking. Apart from the Berlin programme, the Talent Campus co-hosts regional offsprings in Guadalajara (Mexico), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Durban (South Africa) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in close collaboration with local film festivals.