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Bettina Walter (born 13 February 1971 in Buchholz in der Nordheide) is a German film producer and Managing Director of the film production company BWP in Barcelona.
Bettina Walter studied Ethnology, Romance Studies, and Latin American Studies in Hamburg, Buenos Aires, and Málaga. As a producer, she specializes in the development and financing of documentary films for the international market.
Bettina Walter has specialized on the Latin American documentary film market. As head of studies, she developed "Campus Latino", a documentary training program for filmmakers from Latin America, Italy, and Spain, hosted by Documentary Campus with support from the Goethe Institute. It is a joint venture between several renowned and well-established organizations based in Europe, with local partners in ChileDocs, Bravi and Apex from Brazil, DOCSMX from Mexico and IFF Panama; with funding from Ibermedia. The objective is to support filmmakers in developing their projects creatively, at the same time as sourcing production and financing partners, and exploring innovative distribution strategies in the international marketplace.
She acts as an advisor to several film festival juries and film funds. In additional, Bettina Walter is a moderator and panelist and was the Session Producer for Sheffield Doc/Fest from 2013 to 2016.
Since 2000, Bettina Walter has further been a consultant tutor to a number of different universities and films schools: the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, the University of Barcelona, Universidad Internacional de Cataluña, Escola de Cinema de Barcelona, and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg for Project Development, International Financing and Co-Production.
- Theatre of War (as Co-producer, Director: Lola Arias): CICAE Art Cinema Award of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale 2018, BAFICI Award (Best Director) 2018, SXSW 2018, CPH:DOX 2018; World Premiere Berlinale 2018, CPH: DOX 2018, SXWX 2018; nominated for Fenix
- Falciani's Tax Bomb (as Producer, Director: Ben Lewis): Nominated by the German Television Academy for the Economy Film Award 2015, and for the Grimme Online Award 2016, Henry Nannen Award 2016 (Finale), German-French Journalist Award 2016, German Economy Film Award 2016 (First Place)
- Google and the World Brain (as Producer, Director: Ben Lewis): World Cinema Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2013
- Mañana al Mar (as Co-Producer, Director: Ines Thomsen): Prix Europa 2006 (Best Documentary Film), Max Ophüls Festival 2006 (Best Documentary Film)
- Mi vida con Carlos (as Producer, Director: Germán Berger): HotDocs, Top-Ten-Award (Audience Award) 2010, Festival de Biarritz Amérique Latine (Audience Award) 2010, San Diego Latino Film Festival 2010 (Best Film & Audience Award), International Gramado Film Festival in Brasil 2010 (Best International Film)
Filmography as Producer or Co-Producer (Selection)
- 2018: Theatre of War, Argentina, Spain, Germany (Director: Lola Arias)
- 2016: Falciani's Tax Bomb, Germany, Spain (Director: Ben Lewis)
- 2013: Google and the World Brain, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany (Director: Ben Lewis)
- 2012: Parrot at Milk Bar, Germany, Spain (Director: Ines Thomsen)
- 2010: The Light Bulb Conspiracy, Spain, France, Germany (Director: Cosima Dannoritzer)
- 2009: Mi vida con Carlos, Chile, Spain, Germany (Director: Germán Berger)
- 2006: Mañana al Mar, Germany, Spain (Director: Ines Thomsen)
- 2005: Devil's Miner, Germany, Spain, United States (Director: Richard Ladkani], Kief Davidson)