„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 14 -May 24 Event: September 22-26, 2016 Website: Talents Beirut
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.
Second Edition of Talents Beirut
Talents Beirut 2015 was held from 17-22 September at cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil.
Talents Beirut 2015 was held in September at cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil alongside the second German Film Week in Lebanon, organized by the Goethe Institute, presenting 17 new German productions to the Lebanese audience. In its second edition entitled “Take a Plunge,” Talents Beirut invited 21 sound design, music composition, editing and cinematography Talents from the Arab World to meet each other and benefit from intense sessions with acclaimed local and international film experts. The experts included sound designers Frank Kruse (Germany) and Nicolas Becker (France), score composers Chris White (New Zealand) and Cynthia Zaven (Lebanon), filmmaker Laurent Cantet and cinematographer Pierre Milon (France) and filmmaker Ghassan Salhab and cinematographer Bassem Fayad (Lebanon) as well as editors Tina Baz (France) and Veronique Lange (Belgium), who both have collaborated actively with the Arab World. In addition to the workshops for the Talents, a public programme featured the presentation of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, attended by three Lebanese former winners of the award, and three Master Classes - in editing (with Tina Baz), sound design (with Frank Kruse) and cinematography (with Pierre Milon and Laurent Cantet). Through the partnership with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), three AFAC grantees had the chance to work together with consultants on their latest documentary projects.
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: October 15 - January 15 Event: April 15-19, 2016 Website: Talents Buenos Aires
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).
2016 Edition The 11th edition of Talents Buenos Aires „No Limits, Nor Law“ (Sin Techo Ni Ley) took place at the Universidad del Cine from April 15-19, 2016.more less
After ten years, Talents Buenos Aires faces the challenges of starting a new decade. From the beginning the focus was to build an international professional network bringing together emerging professionals from around the world, working on the theoretical and practical development in the film world. After a full decade a generation of Talents Buenos Aires participants is now in full professional development and some of them have even returned as experts to Talents Buenos Aires. To continue adding to this generation of filmmakers in the region, Talents Buenos Aires proposed in its eleventh edition to pursue once again the questions raised from the very beginning: What means cinema to the young generation? How to make a personal film while avoiding standardized movies that seem to characterize the Latin American cinema? And above all, there is one question that should be revitalized and re-examined: What is the independent film - or better independent from what or whom?
Therefore, this edition of Talents Buenos Aires is entitled “No Limits, Nor Law” (Sin Techo Ni Ley). It seeks to encourage reflection about filmmaking that occurs at the edges and margins, not only in an aesthetic sense, but also in relation to production and distribution. Focusing on those films that are still looking for an authentic view without portraying poverty in an aestheticized form or as mere commercial products. “No Limits, Nor Law” aims to reflect about the future filmmakers in a context in which independent cinema seems to become the mainstream of the festivals. Therefore, the aim is to discuss the changes in contemporary cinema on the regional and international level.
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 18 - May 2 Event: June 17-21, 2016 Website: Talents Durban
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: March 3-8, 2016 Website: Talents Guadalajara
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.
2016 Edition: Implosion, Explosion
The 8th edition of Talents Guadalajara is entitled „Implosion, Explosion“ and takes place in March 2016.
Talents Guadalajara 2016 took place March 3 through March 8 and provided an ideal place for the implosion of ideas and the infinite expansion of stories. With exceptional emerging filmmakers, actors and film critics from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean convening, ideas can emerge from inside this place and expand through the contact with other kindred Talents. It provides a framework similar to the duality of filmmaking, which begins as an individual and intimate experience, and then becomes communal and collective, from its production to the experience the audience goes through.
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 10 - May 10 Event: August 14-20, 2016 Website: Talents Sarajevo
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: November 21-26, 2016 Website: Talents Tokyo
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 2015
Talents Tokyo 2015 was held November 23-28 during TOKYO FILMeX 2015.
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 2 - June 22 Event: October 10 - 14, 2016 Website: Talent Press Rio
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).