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European Film Promotion Reveals Shooting Stars Heading to Berlin Film Festival

Variety logo Variety 12/15/2016 Leo Barraclough
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European Film Promotion has revealed the names of the 2017 European Shooting Stars, the 10 up-and-coming actors whose talents will be showcased during the Berlin Film Festival.

The Shooting Stars are Italy’s Alessandro Borghi (“Don’t Be Bad”), Latvia’s Elina Vaska (“Mellow Mud”), Denmark’s Esben Smed (“Letters for Amina”), The Netherlands’ Hannah Hoekstra (“The Fury”), Sweden’s Karin Franz Korlof (“A Serious Game”), Germany’s Louis Hofmann (“Alone in Berlin”), Slovenia’s Marusa Majer (“Ivan”), Romania’s Tudor Aaron Istodor (“The Fixer”), Portugal’s Victoria Guerra (“Cosmos”), and Poland’s Zofia Wichlacz, who appears in her country’s Oscar entry “Afterimage.”

The actors were chosen by a jury consisting of casting director Lucinda Syson, Hungarian actor Dorka Gryllus, Swiss director Xavier Koller, Portuguese producer Pandora da Cunha Telles, and Swedish film critic and writer Jan Lumholdt.

Over the four-day Shooting Star event in Berlin (Feb. 10-13), the 10 actors will take part in a program of profile-raising workshops and meetings with members of the International Casting Directors Network, filmmakers and other important industry players, alongside interviews and photo shoots with the international media.

Syson said: “The event has become one of the most prestigious platforms for discovering and encouraging incredible new talent across Europe and I am honored to be a part of the jury. My fellow colleagues in the International Casting Directors Network value this event so much as it provides us with a unique opportunity to meet the actors in one place. We can then put them forward for projects whereas we may never have previously considered them.”

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