Magazine article Screen International

Wieland Speck

Magazine article Screen International

Wieland Speck

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Wieland Speck, who heads up the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival, talks about 30 years on the job.

Panorama's section head Wieland Speck has two good reasons to celebrate at this year's Benale.

For a start, the Teddy Awards, the Berlinale Queer Film Prize, will be staged for the 25th time, at a new venue in the main hall of the former Tempelhof Airport.

'I have wanted to go there for ages and now it's worked out," says Speck, adding that Berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit had used his influence behind the scenes to make this possible.

'How the Teddy Awards has evolved is a dream come true," Speck continues. "We have managed to create a stable place which is very important for many countries where stability is far from being reality. They experience this feeling here like the one I had when I was in San Francisco in 1977 and living in the gay quarter. I went out into the street and thought: 'I belong to this world. …

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