Dieter Kosslick to Remain Director of Berlin Film Festival Through 2019

Kosslick’s reign began in 2001

Last Updated: November 19, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

Dieter Kosslick is going to stick around the Berlin Film Festival for a little while longer — the long-running Director of the Berlinale has had his contract extended through 2019.

Kosslick, who began his reign in 2001, has been credited with implementing numerous successful innovations and initiatives for the festival. He’s also established the EFM (European Film Market) as a key one worldwide, while firmly rooting German film within the Berlinale.

The decision came down from Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters on Wednesday.

“I’m very pleased that I’ll be helping shape the profile of the Berlinale for another five years,” Kosslick said. “I thank Federal Government Commissioner Monika Grütters and the KBB Board of Directors for their great support and confidence in my work.”

Earlier this month, Darren Aronofsky was named Jury President for 2015’s 65th Berlin International Film Festival.