Mariette Rissenbeek

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Mariette Rissenbeek at the Berlinale 2020

Mariette Rissenbeek (* 1956 in Posterholt , Netherlands ) is a film producer and marketing manager in the film industry. At German Films she was responsible for international festival relations and public relations. She has been the managing director of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2020, making her the first woman at the top of the Berlinale.


Mariette Rissenbeek was born in the Netherlands in 1956. She studied German language and literature, theater studies and sociology at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht and the Free University of Berlin . After completing her master's degree , she settled permanently in Berlin .

Professional background

After completing her studies, Mariette Rissenbeek first worked for the advertising agency Löhlein & Schonert. From 1986 she worked for the distribution and sales company Tobis Film for almost nine years . There she was responsible for the acquisition, the evaluation of German-language subsidiary rights , festival support and internal coordination.

Film production

In 1995 she switched to film production and worked as a producer at Ziegler Film . There she was responsible, among other things, for eight television games , mainly for ZDF . These included the historical multi-part Sturmzeit and the Beckmann and Markowski crime series . She was also responsible for the production of two feature films, including Solo for Clarinet by Nico Hofmann . She was also responsible for five episodes of the international series Erotic Tales , including The Waiting Room by Jos Stelling .

In 1998 she founded her own production company in Hamburg and produced the German-Finnish road movie Highway Society with Mika Kaurismäki . In Munich, she was responsible for a television feature film for SAT1 at Hofmann & Voges Entertainment from 2000 , for love for Tom , directed by Juliane Hohl . At Alamode Filmverleih she was responsible for purchasing and licenses.

Marketing management

In 2003 Rissenbeek took over responsibility for international festival relations and public relations at German Films , the German institution for the international promotion of German cinema. In 2006 she was appointed deputy managing director of German Films and in 2011 managing director. She was also the managing director of European Film Promotion . As a result of this longstanding activity, she has a good international network, is familiar with the intricacies of German film funding and has close contacts with the major film festivals.

Management of the Berlinale

Rissenbeek was part of the commission formed in 2017, along with Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and Björn Böhning, the former Berlin Senate Chancellery , to find an artistic director for the Berlinale. When the search committee agreed on Mariette Rissenbeek as the favorite, she resigned from her position on the board of the Federal Cultural Events in Berlin GmbH (KBB) so that the subsequent change to the management was legally in order.

On June 22, 2018, the KBB Supervisory Board, chaired by State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters, approved the selection committee's proposal to appoint Rissenbeek as managing director of the Berlin International Film Festival for five years from 2020. Together with the artistic director Carlo Chatrian , she forms the dual leadership of the Berlinale. Rissenbeek operates as the top boss and bears overall responsibility: Mariette Rissenbeek has the last word in conflicts within the dual leadership. As the sole liable partner, she takes over the legacy of Dieter Kosslick and is responsible for the budget of more than 25 million euros, the logistics and the complex organization of the festival. She is the first woman to head the Berlinale.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Blickpunkt Film: Mariette Rissenbeek. In: Retrieved February 2, 2020 .
  2. a b Mariette Rissenbeek. Berlin International Film Festival, accessed on February 2, 2020 .
  3. a b c d e Andreas Busche, Christiane Peitz: The new dual leadership of the Berlinale. In: Der Tagesspiegel. June 22, 2018, accessed February 2, 2020 .
  4. ^ ZEIT ONLINE: Berlin: New leadership duo of the Berlinale has been determined . In: The time . June 22, 2018, ISSN  0044-2070 ( [accessed on February 2, 2020]).
  5. Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek appointed as the new dual leadership of the Berlinale. Retrieved February 2, 2020 .
  6. ↑ In 2020 the film festival will also take place at Alexanderplatz. Retrieved February 7, 2020 .