Thomas Hailer advises the Berlin Festival Director in all questions pertaining to the Competition and Berlinale Special programs and synchronizes program-related communication processes across the sections and departments of the Berlinale. He is also consulting the Festival Director in the artistic positioning and structural development of the Berlinale, with special emphasis on the dovetailing of all individual sections with the European Film Market.
He was Head of Berlinale’s Young Audience Section Generation from 2002 - 2008, a period marked by introduction of the 14plus competition program - the expansion aimed at including young adults. Hailer is the Head of Studies at the Akademie für Kindermedien, a training initiative by the German Children's Film Society. Until 2008, his activities as a dramaturge and a script doctor included project supervision at the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film Foundation.