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Philip Bergs


Subject: Short Biography PHILLIP BERGS

> >A Classics Scholar at Balliol College, where he founded the Oxford Film 
> >Festival(the first competitive event for features in Great Britain, 
> >recognised by the F.I.A.P.F.)--attended by Gloria Grahame,Joseph Cotten,Holly Woodlawn, Lina Wertmuller,Walerian Borowczyk, Menahem Golan,Robert Powell,Patrick Mower, and many notable film artistes; on graduating he was selected by The Sunday 
> >Times  as a "New Critic" and began also broadcasting on BBC Radio, where he 
> >has scripted and presented many programmes on cinema as well as regularly 
> >interviewing film-makers on the BBC World,UK, and Polish Services ,and regularly
> >contributing reportage on festivals to RTBF(in Belgium) ,France Culture,and Czech Radio,as well as Bloomberg TV and BBC World Service TV (Victoria Derbyshire, Newsday etc) and Radio and  BBC TV News Channels and BBC 2, as well as BBC Radio London.
> >He assessed screenplays in several languages for the European Script Fund 
> >and the Arts Council of England's Lottery Fund, and also wrote a film 
> >version of "Carmen" that was shot in Andalucia. He has programmed or 
> >assisted many international festivals - IMAGFIC in Madrid, Valencia Cine 
> >Jove, Las Palmas, Ashdod, Festroia,Islantilla- in differing capacities- 
> >and was
> >International Consultant from 2001-2005  at the National Museum of Photography, Film and 
> >Television in his native Yorkshire, where he created the "Eurovisions" 
> >project, to promote new and classic films from Europe,and helped launch the Magyar Magic Year of Culture in Great Britain.
.He is a Visiting 
> >Lecturer  at the Prague Film School  and FON University,Skopje and in the  Mannheim Meetings,and has served on FIPRESCI and 
> >other juries at Cannes, Berlin, Haifa,Leipzig,Lecce,Thessaloniki,Karlovy 
> >Vary,Chicago, Rotterdam, Viennale,Bratislava,Cottbus,Pula,Durres,and at the Festivals of European Smiles in Mlada Boleslav in Bohemia, and of Wines and Media in Znojmo in Moravia,and at the TIFF in Cluj-Napoca and at the Golden Carpathian Festival and Fair in Romania,and at the Grossmann Festival of Wines and Fantastic Film in Slovenia, and in 2014 and  2015 at the Romania Film Festival and on the FIPRESCI Jury at the Montreal World Film Festival, and twice at the Fisheye Film Festival in High Wycombe.
 He has written for publications as varied as
> >The Times Literary and Educational Supplements,Variety, Screen 
> >International, Downtown, What's On in London,Euro-Movies International,KINO, and 

> >Film a Doba,,,and was Casting Consultant on the feature films May I Kill You? and The Piano Room and organised UK or 

international festival premieres of such films as Three Days in September, Polish Roulette, Brancusi for Eternity, His Wife's Diary, Captive, The Stroll,and These Foolish Things,starring Terence Stamp and Anjelica Huston.

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