„At Talents Beirut, we support Talents from the Arab world by acknowledging their creativity and inviting them to rethink their work using new perspectives in order to enhance their artistry and technical skills together with experts.“ - Rabih El-Khoury / Programme Manager of Talents Beirut
„Talents Buenos Aires has established itself as one of the most important cinematic events of the region. A space of self-reflection on South American cinema, TBA encourages young professionals to develop their path to professional world, offers opportunities and serves them as a bridge between education and industry.“ - María Marta Antin / Director of Talents Buenos Aires
„Throughout the years several features and shorts have been produced thanks to the networking between participants during Talents Guadalajara. This sets a clear example of TG’s importance as a platform for creative exchange among the new promises of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.“ - Ana Zamboni / Director of Talents Guadalajara
„Over the past eight years Talents Sarajevo has become the hub for meeting and training aspiring film professionals from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus. What singles it out? Being on the constant lookout for newcomers in the regional film scene and connecting them to the leaders of the film industry.“ - Asja Makarević / Project Manager of Talents Sarajevo
Application period: March - May Event period: September Learn more
The latest addition to the Talents International family, Talents Beirut invites 20 emerging cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers from the Arab World to take part in a four-day programme of workshops, trainings and talks allowing them to reflect on their own works by connecting with other emerging talents and acclaimed film professionals who will share with them their knowledge and expertise.
2016 Edition: Crossing Borders
Talents Beirut 2016 was held from 22-26 September at cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil.
Held under the theme of “Crossing Borders,” the third edition of Talents Beirut has taken place between the 22nd and the 26th of September 2016 in Beirut. 23 cinematographers, sound designers, score composers and film editors from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia have exchanged knowledge and ideas together and met with local and international film experts. Experts included filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, cinematographers Lars Skree and Mark Khalife, film editors Peter R. Adam, Jacques Comets and Claire Atherton, sound designers Thomas Desjonqueres and Rana Eid, colorist Belal Hibri, and musician and score composer Khyam Allami. They also had the chance to get introduced to different worldwide initiatives that support Arab filmmakers including the Berlinale Talents, the FID Marseille, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Robert Bosch Film Prize for coproduction between Germany and the Arab World as well as the new Residency Programme of the Goethe Institute in Lebanon. In addition, they were introduced to some key cultural and artistic spaces (Metropolis Cinema, Dawawine) as well as professional studios (db Studios for sound design and Lucid Post for color grading) in Lebanon. Talents Beirut is organized by the Metropolis Association and the Goethe Institute in Lebanon. This edition was held alongside the Third German Film Week, which presented much-admired new films such as Toni Erdmann, Me and Kaminski and Wild as well as a focus on acclaimed filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Who can apply?
Cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Talents Beirut is an initiative of Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille.
Application period: September - December Event period: April Learn more
Taking place during the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), Talents Buenos Aires offers its 65 participants from South America an extensive programme of workshops and masterclasses as well as the opportunity to work on their own projects in one of four different project labs (Doc/Script Station, Editing Studio, Post-Production Studio, Talent Press Buenos Aires). Talents Buenos Aires also profits from its connection to the Co-Production Market „Buenos Aires Lab“ (BAL).
2017 Edition The 12th edition of Talents Buenos Aires will be held under the theme „The State of Things“ („El estado de las cosas“) at the Universidad del Cine between April 18-22, 2017.more less
Following the tradition of the last years, the upcoming edition of Talents BA will be named after the title of a movie: „The state of things“ (Der Stand der Dinge). Vindicating the legendary film of Wim Wenders this topic aims to bring into attention the current situation of cinema in the region. In a few words, the idea is to focus on the reality of film nowadays considering challenges and limits for a filmmaker in the present.
“The state of things”, as a topic, intends to reflect about the past having in mind the present and the future of cinema. Meaning to contextualize the narrative and technical advances and setbacks of film language, which often become a new challenge that may become an innovative solution to make movies.
But not all is about changes in the way of making movies but also in how the audience approaches to them, and not exclusively in a movie theater, but through many devices. The destiny of movies is becoming less accurate and, this reality, far from being a conviction, can reflect on expanding the possibilities of access, distribution and film formats.
Summarizing, the theme aims to bring a group of young people to reflect on a status of situation of film, both from a regional and international perspective. The way that each participant approaches filmmaking will be the main focus of discussion. The dialogue between experts, guests and selected participants will encourage new questions about the state of the things
Who can apply?
Directors, editors, producers, cinematographers, actors, film critics, sound designers, script writers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Talents Buenos Aires is an initiative of the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, BAFICI, the Buenos Aires Film Lab (BAL) and the Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires.
Application period: March - May Event period: June Learn more
Taking place during the Durban Film Festival, Talents Durban brings together forty emerging African filmmakers and provides them with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry professionals, experts and mentors. Through an intensive programme of masterclasses, workshops and industry networking activities, the continent’s emerging film content creators are assisted in catalyzing their careers and forging relationships with their global counterparts.
Talents Durban 2016 was held from June 17-21, 2016 during Durban International Film Festival.
For the first time the Talents Durban programme welcomed directors and screenwriters with both fiction and documentary projects of different length and developed for various formats ranging from short to feature length films as well as mid-length formats e.g. for web, mobile or TV platforms. The main focus was the quality of the proposed content as well as an integrated and comprehensible concept how content, screening platform, target audience and distribution strategy work hand in hand.
Who can apply?
Film Critics as well as Screenwriters and Directors with both fiction and documentary projects. Talents Durban is open to applicants from Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Chad, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, German Embassy in South Africa and the Goethe-Institut South Africa and other partners.
Application period: September - November Event period: March Learn more
Taking place during the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, the initiative welcomes 70 emerging film creatives from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for an extensive programme of master classes and workshops for different fields of filmmaking, as well as special programmes for film critics (Talent Press) and sound designers. At the Talent Project Market selected Talents present their films to an international group of producers and financiers attending the Ibero-American Coproduction Meeting.
The 9th edition of Talents Guadalajara under the theme „Puentes“ takes place in March 2017.
Talents Guadalajara features in its 9th edition the theme: PUENTES (Bridges). Visually inspired by the particular expressionistic style of Germany, guest country at the 32nd Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017. The title refers particularly to the artistic movement „Die Brücke“, used as an allegory of the creative connections that our participant actors, filmmakers and film critics generate by participating at Talents Guadalajara. Industry, creative and of course intercultural bridges given in this occasion by the annual collaboration between Germany and Mexico; bridges between a new generation filmmakers and experts… Talents Guadalajara: Bridges.
The image was created by Mexican illustrator Amable Desconocida with the collaboration Análogo, FICG’s design boutique. It’s the first year that Talents Guadalajara collaborates with a freelance illustrator to create the annual image.
Amable Desconocida is a freelance illustrator dedicated to publishing and advertising projects, but also to developing her personal artwork inspired by nature and human anatomy. She has special focus and skills on traditional techniques: Acrylic and watercolor are her favorites. Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Sonora and the University of Granada, Spain.
Who can apply?
Actors, directors, cinematographers, sound designers, editors, screenwriters, producers, and film critics from Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama) and the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti).
Talents Guadalajara is an initiative of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, Ibermedia, Goethe-Institut Mexiko and FIPRESCI.
Application: March - May Event period: August Learn more
Taking place during the Sarajevo Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo aims to connect 60 emerging film professionals from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus among each other and with a variety of internationally acclaimed experts from the regional and international film industry. The six-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings and specialized programmes for different fields of work (Script Station, Talent Actors Stage, Pack & Pitch, Camera Studio).
Talents Sarajevo 2016
The 10th edition of Talents Sarajevo took place from August 14-20, 2016 under the topic “In and Out of Light”.
Focus „In and Out of Light“
The 10th edition of Talents Sarajevo will shed a light on the interplay between the seen and the unseen in cinema. Made of appearances, cinema has always dealt with absences. Taken by what gets framed and what shown, it implies what is left out and what stays obscured. Throughout its history, cinema has affected viewers with on-screen sounds, as much as with sounds lurking from the off-screen spaces, with overwhelming noise as with sudden silence. The tangible work of actors, directors, DPs, editors, set, costume and sound designers, has always been in the spotlight, whereas the work of a larger part of the film industry remains invisible. The interplay between the seen and the unseen, the heard and the unheard, brings to mind another important question, which films are being made and which will never see the daylight. The tension between the visible and the invisible, between the embodied and the pure potential will be in the focus of attention of emerging film professionals from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus gathered at Talents Sarajevo from August 14-20.
Who can apply?
Actors, cinematographers, directors, scriptwriters, producers and film critics from Southeast Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).
Talents Sarajevo is an initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport Bosnia-Hercegovina, MDG Achievement Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Fund, Film Center Serbia, Albanian National Center of Cinematography and various embassies.
Application period: May-June Event period: November Learn more
Taking place each during the TOKYO FILMeX Festival, Talents Tokyo offers 15 directors and producers from East and Southeast Asian countries a unique opportunity to present their own projects to experts and local industry professionals. In addition the six-day programme includes a number of training sessions and excursions as well as lectures by distinguished film experts who share their experiences with the participants.
Talents Tokyo 2016
Talents Tokyo 2016 was held November 21-26 during TOKYO FILMeX 2016.
The 21st century greeted us with the waves of globalization. The work environments in the arts have grown increasingly diversified, leaving the creators disoriented at times. For the Asian filmmakers sailing out on such tide, it may be crucial to understand one’s position first. During the week of Talents Tokyo, the participants come to identify their current positions and devise respective positioning through the interaction and networking with the Experts and their fellow Talents. The lasting networks will not only serve as a mirror but also help them thrive beyond the workshops towards a fruitful future. Talents Tokyo provides each Talent with an opportunity to discover his or her own map and compass, which today’s filmmakers in Asia should all utilize (or so the organizers believe) to catch the smallest wave in the vast ocean of the film industry.
Who can apply?
Directors and producers from China, China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China Macao Special Administrative Region, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos People‘s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East-Timor, Vietnam.
Talents Tokyo is organized by Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and the Goethe-Institut Japan.
Application period: May - June Event period: October Learn more
Talent Press Rio is aimed at contributing to the education and training of film critics who write in Portuguese, generating opportunities of exchange between Portuguese-speaking countries in the cultural fields, while also strengthening and improving the cultural links between the respective countries.
Who can apply?
Film Critics and Journalists from the following countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe or Timor Leste.
Talent Press Rio is organized in partnership between Berlinale Talents, the Festival do Rio, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).