Q: Am I eligible to apply for Berlinale Talents?

A: In order to be eligible to apply you should have worked in a key crew position on either one feature length film or two short films that have been screened at international festivals or have won an award. Please note that your credit in these films should correspond to either the first or second field of work you apply with.

If you apply as as a director or screenwriter from the field of television you also qualify if you have been responsibly involved in the development or production of at least one high quality TV series that was transmitted on a TV channel or, if digitally distributed, with no less than 10.000 viewers online.

If you apply as a Distributor or Sales Agents you should have been responsibly involved in either the distribution or sale at least two feature length films. If you apply as a Film Critic you should have published at least three film related articles in the last two years.

Q: When can I apply for the next edition of Berlinale Talents?

A: The application for Berlinale Talents is now closed. The application for Berlinale Talents 2017 as well as the applications for the project labs will open in early July 2016 (deadline is early September). We recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter to receive the next call for entries in time.

Q: How can I submit a project to one of the project labs?

A: Depending on your field of work, you may be eligible to submit a project to one of our four project labs. Before you can do so, please complete the general application first! The additional project lab application form will be available on your application profile.

Please note that you may only apply for one project lab per year! Directors may apply for Doc Station, Short Film Station, or Script Station; Producers may apply for the Talent Project Market; Screenwriters may apply for the Script Station.

If you are a Berlinale Talents alumnus/alumna you may apply directly for one of the project labs (under the condition that you have not previously participated in the same lab). The project lab applications are available on your Berlinale Talents profile.

Q: How can I take part in one of the Studio programmes

A: The Studio programmes do not require an additional application. Depending on the field of work you apply with in the general application, you will be automatically considered for the corresponding Studio programme.

Q: I am a Talents alumna/alumnus. Can I apply again?

A: No, you may only participate in the general Berlinale Talents Summit once. As an alumna/alumnus you may however apply again for one one the project labs (if open to your field of work).

Q: I have previously participated in one of the Talents International programmes. Can I still apply for Berlinale Talents?

A: Yes, as a former participant of a Talents International programme, you may apply for Berlinale Talents. To apply please login to your existing Talents profile. The application form will be available once the application opens in early July.

Q: How should I choose my sample of work for the general application?

A: The sample of work must correspond to the first field of work you apply with. It should contain a maximum of two scenes (the scenes do not have to be from the same film). The sample should be approximately 3 minutes in length.

Choose a sample that shows what you are capable of! The sample should highlight your creativity rather than a certain theme or topic. All scenes that contain significant non-English dialogue must include on-screen English subtitles. A translated list of dialogue on paper is not sufficient. The sample’s sound/soundtrack should not be altered from the original film. Please make sure, that you are the copyright owner and/or have obtained the consent of any other copyright owner(s) for the usage of the work sample.

We do not accept showreels, trailers, teasers, music videos or commercials.

Q: How can I make my sample of work available, and what are the technical specifications?

A: The sample of work must be uploaded to your application profile before the application deadline. A link to a video-sharing website (vimeo, youtube, etc.) will not be accepted. To ensure a high technical quality for the selection process, please use the file compression settings specified on the Berlinale website.

Q: Which projects should I include to my online filmography?

A: Please include all finished film and television/web series projects as well as projects in development to which you have contributed/are contributing in a key crew position (i.e. not in an assistant position).

Q: Are there any application or participation fees for Berlinale Talents?

A: No, Berlinale Talents does not charge any application of participation fees. If invited, you will have to cover a part of your travel costs (more information about travel reimbursement below) as well as other expenditures during your stay in Berlin.

Q: Does Berlinale Talents offer any financial assistance to its participants?

A: Berlinale Talents offers free accommodation for the days of our programme as well as a partial travel reimbursement that is determined on a case by case basis and at the sole discretion of Berlinale Talents.

Q: When will I find out if my application was successful?

A: We will contact you via e-mail before the end of December. Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you’ve filled out the application, please let us know. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification! If you haven’t heard from us by January, please contact us at talents@berlinale.de for an official notification.

Q: If rejected, may I apply again for a later edition?

A: Yes, you may apply again for a later edition. Please note that old application profiles will be deleted after each application period. If you decide to apply again, please create a new application profile on our website.