According to the German media, including daily newspaper B. Z. Berlin, the Berlin Film Festival has appointed Italy's Carlo Chatrian as its new Artistic Director. Chatrian, head of Locarno since 2013, will replace Dieter Kosslick, who has directed the Berlinale since 2001. In recent years, Kosslick has been subject to many criticism. Last year, a group of 79 German directors signed an open letter on the Spiegel asking for a new start with a "prominent figure, passionate of cinema with outstanding international contacts, and able to take the Berlinale to the level of Cannes and Venice." Kosslick's appointment expires on 31 May 2019. No comment from his team at present.