Bettina Walter

I have more than 15 years experience as a producer, developing and creating award-winning documentaries for the international market.  I am German and am based in Barcelona. I am interested to explore the possiblities for both fiction and non-fiction storytelling to reflect our different realities. My aim is to produce films that inspire, entertain and move their audiences and which can provoke a discussion. I love to to work with talented and prestigious filmmakers, to join forces to create outstanding films.

My credits as producer or co-producer include widely distributed documentary feature films, co-produced with leading international broadcasters such as PBS, BBC, ARTE/ZDF, SFR & RTS and TVE/TVC.  My films have been presented at festivals such as Sundance, Hot Docs, Berlinale, IDFA, DocFest Sheffield; and have been nominated for or won prestigious awards including  FIPRESCI, PBS Ind Lens, Prix Europa, Grimme, Grierson, and the German TV Award.

 

I have amassed extensive experience in international co-productions while working with leading European production companies in London, Berlin and Barcelona; including Gebrüder Beetz, BLTV, Diagonal TV-Endemol Shine, Polar Star Films, Media Pro and Parallel 40. I am lucky to have built up a strong network of creative and experienced screenwriters, filmmakers, directors, producers, and distributors all over the world. 

A passion for Latin American films and filmmakers led me to develop together with Documentary Campus and the Goether Institut CAMPUS LATINO, a documentary training programme for talented new Latin American filmmakers.  It is a joint venture between several renowned and well-established organisations based in Europe, including Documentary Campus, with local partners in Latin America: Goethe-Institute Mexico, ChileDocs, Bravi Producer Association of Brazil, 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.

 

In my role as a consultant, I have served on a number of film festival juries and film funding panels.  I have contributed to five editions of DocFest Sheffield as a session producer, moderator or panelist. 

 

I am strongly committed to the future of documentary and enjoy teaching the next generations.  For the past decade I have worked as a tutor and mentor on project development, and international financing and co-production, at various European institutions (UB University of Barcelona, UAB Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, ECIB and Filmakademie of Baden-Württemberg) as well as with Documentary Masterclass and Campus Latino.

 

I have a degree in Anthropology, Literature, Linguistics, and Latin American Politics & Economics from the University of Hamburg, as well as post-grad studies undertaken at the Universities of Málaga and Buenos Aires.

Works in progress

Sex is everywhere. Kids learn it from sexperts, adverts, reality TV and Hollywood; and from freely available Internet porn.  In spite of, or perhaps because of, this information overload, young people are more confused than ever. In the age of hook-up apps, pan-sexuality, unfettered consumerism and #MeToo, how are today’s sex educators handling the challenges of our highly sexualized and digital world.

The next sexual revolution

Cruz

Cruz is a Rarámuri native from Mexico.  He and his family had all their land taken from them by drug traffickers. They now live in exile under the constant threat of death.  They desperately yearn for the justice that would enable them to return to their homeland.

Déjame

Who says love lasts forever?

Everyone. In songs, books and movies.  From Walt Disney to Michael Haneke.  The “other half”, the toad-kissing princess, true romance and happy ever after.  We grow up believing love is greater than life itself. Joan loves a love song.  He’s happily married to the love of his life, Ana.  Until she decides she wants a separation.

Films

A play about representation of war, performed by former enemies. British and Argentinian veterans of the Falklands/Malvinas War come together 35 years after the conflict to explore, script, rehearse and re-enact their memories of war.

Theatre of War

An investigative documentary-thriller covering events around the enigmatic bank whistle-blower Hervé Falciani. The highly sensitive client data he stole from HSBC led to the biggest banking scandal in history; which is why many consider him to be the Edward Snowden of banking. 

 
Falciani's tax bomb

The streets of Barcelona’s Raval are poor, dirty and sleazy, but these days are bustling with hipsters, students and young professionals.  In the midst of gentrification, remnants of the old Raval are increasingly rare.  The four local hair salons featured in this film are like time capsules.  Stubbornly authentic, they bear witness to change and narrate the story of their neighbourhood.

Parrot at Milk bar

In 2002, Google launched the internet’s most ambitious project - the scanning of every book in the world, to create a giant global library.  Google’s parallel agenda was to create a higher form of intelligence, as predicted by HG Wells  in his 1937 essay "World Brain". But half the books Google scanned were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a moral, legal and intellectual campaign to stop them. 

 
Google and the
Worldbrain
 
 
 

A high-stakes power play with global repercussions.

Lithium is on its way to becoming “the natural  resource”

of the 21st century. As the basis for new battery technology, it’s the prerequisite for the spreading of electric mobility.

Is lithium both an answer to the imminent energy crisis and

a key to the future?

 
The lithium revolution
 
The light bulb
Conspiracy

An investigation into Planned Obsolescence - the engineering of products to fail in “due” course. In  the  1920’s,  a  group  of  businessmen  realised  that  the  longer  their  products  lasted,  the  less  money  they  made; so they invented throwaway consumerism.  With the environment in crisis and consumers getting smarter, has Planned  Obsolescence  reached  the  end  of  its  own  life?

 
My life with Carlos

In 1973, Chilean political activist Carlos Berger Guralnick was murdered by the Pinochet regime in the notorious death  convoy. His wife, Carmen Berger, turned her work as a lawyer  into a life-long campaign  against the  dictatorship. Her son, Germán, only knew his father as political icon, never as a Dad.

Germán is a father now, and a filmmaker. He embarks on a personal search for his father, and finds a family story which resonates with the fate of a country.

Mañana al mar

A sensual and lyrical film that captures the essence of a unique group of senior citizens who have found an extraordinarily graceful way to age, on the Barceloneta Beach.

Basilio is a 14-year-old Bolivian who supports his family by working in a silver mine. Like his fellow workers, the boy looks to Satan for protection from the daily hazards he encounters in the bowels of the Earth..

 
The Devil's Miner

CAMPUS
LATINO

 Campus Latinoes is a documentary training programme for emerging filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Italy and Portugal. 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.    

About the programme

 

How to apply

 

Costs and financing

 

Workshops and experts

The programme is developed by Documentary Campus and Goethe-Institut with the support of Ibermedia in collaboration with Bravi from Brazil, ChileDocs and International Film Festivals as DOCSMX in Mexico and IFF Panama. 

 
 

Consulting

Raising the Funds & Navigating

the International Market 

Over the years, I have built my own network of international public and private broadcasters, distribution companies, sales agents, and producers.  I work with film and television professionals to develop a project-specific financing strategy, including recommending potential financial partners and preparing pitch documents and applications to raise every type of funding for development, production, postproduction and distribution.

 

I offer young filmmakers an introduction to the commercial film universe; helping them get to know the key market places in Europe, such as IDFA in Amsterdam, Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, DocFest Sheffield, MIP in Cannes, and identifying key decision makers. I join the filmmakers on market visits and guide them to explore their possibilities and potential offers in order to maximize the benefits of their stay.

My clients

Proimagenes Columbia

DocFest Sheffield, UK 

Filmakademie Baden Würtemberg, Germany

 Teaching

 

For more than 8 years I have been giving lectures and Masterclasses on creative producing in Spain, Germany and Latin America.  I use case studies and invite experts in specific fields - such as Svod, Storytelling, Marketing and Impact strategies, to support young filmmakers in finding their story and its target audience. I further support them as they explore their potential markets and develop a financing strategy to achieve their project.

My clients

Filmakademie Baden Würtemberg, Germany

ECIB, Escuela de Cine, Barcelona, Spain

UAB, University Atomona of Barcelona, Spain

UB, University in Barcelona, Spain

DOCSMX, International Mexican Film Festival, Mexico

CRFIC, Costa Rica Film Festival

Internacional Film Festival, Panamá

News

CRFIC International Film Festival - Costa Rica. March 2019

Bettina, in collaboracion with the Mexican director Everardo González, is holding a workshop on  “The Development of Narrative Structures and Financaing Strategies for Pojects Targeting the International Market” betweein March 27 and 29, 2019 during the International Film Festival CFRIC.

Pitching Hot Docs “Mission Sex Ed” April/May 2019

The project MISSION SEX ED has been invited to the PITCHING at Hot Docs Forum & Deal Maker Meetings, taking place between April 30 and May 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Campus Latino & IBERMEDIA

Campus Latino receives support from Ibermedia - Formation for it´s second edition 2019/2020 in collaboration with DOCSMX, CHILE CONECTA, BRAVI-Brazil and IFF PANAMA.

 

Contact

Bettina Walter

Pallars, 85 | 2-3

08018 Barcelona
España 

bettina@bw-production.com

+34 635 352 271

 

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