Berlinale Talents
13 – 18 FEB 2021
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Berlinale Talents

The Berlin International Film Festival’s talent development programme for 250 emerging filmmakers and series creators from all over the world.

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Summit

The summit programme of Berlinale Talents comprises a wide range of talks, panel discussions, workshops, case studies and screenings at the three venues of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre.

Thirty public events focus on a new topic each year, featuring a variety of formats and set-ups. On the HAU1 stage, internationally renowned experts offer insights into their work and methods. In the interactive panels, presentations and case studies on the HAU2 and HAU3 stages, experienced filmmakers and artists engage in a candid dialogue with the audience.

Recordings of our talks can be found in the Watch and Discover section. The programme of events is published every year in February.

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Talents can register for these sessions for free. For general audiences, tickets are available at the festival and HAU box offices.

Grand format sessions The ‘grand format’ sessions of the Summit programme feature high-profile directors, producers, actors, editors, cinematographers and production designers of outstanding international reputation, who share their experiences in moderated master classes, lectures and panel discussions. They give insights into their methods and discuss all aspects of filmmaking, ranging from development and pre-production through to production, post-production and promotion. Many of these sessions relate to brand-new or upcoming releases, their content, format and the people behind them. ‘Grand format’ sessions are moderated by experienced film critics or industry professionals and provide a good setting for an intimate talk with inspiring guests.

Atelier sessions The Summit also offers an opportunity for more interactive panel discussions in the ‘atelier’ sessions. These are mid-scale events for a smaller audience, in which invited experts present practical case studies, enabling Talents to join the discussion and ask more practical questions. Quite often, the ‘atelier’ sessions focus on specific fields of work (like production or editing etc.), even though the sessions are always accessible to Talents from other fields of work. The ‘’atelier’’ set-up enables directors to deepen their insight in the details of cinematography, the dynamics of editing, the secrets of casting actors, new possibilities in digital production design for films, the latest developments in online distribution or the dos and don’ts of setting up an international co-production. This format explicitly shows an ever-changing film industry, shares the latest insights and reflects the flexibility demanded from film professionals. The sessions are usually divided into parts: a presentation, often using case studies and film clips, and an interactive part with a Q&A with the experts.

Summit experts Since the first edition in 2003, over 600 experts have participated in the Summit programme, including: Sir Ken Adam, Ana Lily Amirpour, Nicolas Becker, Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Park Chan-wook, Christo, Isabel Coixet, Willem Dafoe, Julie Delpy, Thomas Demand, Claire Denis, Alexandre Desplat, Anita Ekberg, Olafur Eliasson, Ralph Fiennes, Bence Fliegauf, Stephen Frears, Greta Gerwig, Gob Squad, Agnès Godard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Agnieszka Holland, Ted Hope, Dennis Hopper, Nina Hoss, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Holly Hunter, Gaston Kaboré, Janusz Kamiński, Shah Rukh Khan, Victor Kossakovsky, Ed Lachman, Mike Leigh, Matthew Libatique, Ken Loach, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Andie MacDowell, Lucrecia Martel, Juergen Mayer H., Alex McDowell, Brillante Mendoza, John Cameron Mitchell, Walter Murch, Michael Nyman, Joshua Oppenheimer, David OReilly, José Padilha, Hengameh Panahi, Raoul Peck, Christian Petzold, Laura Poitras, Charlotte Rampling, Keanu Reeves, Carlos Reygadas, Alex Rodriguez, Isabella Rossellini, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Walter Salles, James Schamus, Volker Schlöndorff, Paul Schrader, Ridley Scott, Ulrich Seidl, Abderrahmane Sissako, Molly Marlene Stensgaard, Tilda Swinton, István Szabó, Tom Tykwer, Christine Vachon, Paul Verhoeven, Andrzej Wajda, Wim Wenders, Michael Werner, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and many more.

 Helen Mirren at her Berlinale Homage talk © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Helen Mirren at her Berlinale Homage talk © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 1 / 15
 The HAU1 theatre in pre-Covid times © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
The HAU1 theatre in pre-Covid times © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 2 / 15
 Cate Blanchett, Nardjes Asli, Karim Aïnouz and Maryam Zaree © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Cate Blanchett, Nardjes Asli, Karim Aïnouz and Maryam Zaree © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 3 / 15
 Director Jia Zhang-ke discussing his latest film © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Director Jia Zhang-ke discussing his latest film © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 4 / 15
 Audience at Jia Zhang-ke's talk © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Audience at Jia Zhang-ke's talk © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 5 / 15
 Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho (
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho ("Bacurau") © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 6 / 15
 Oscar-winning
Oscar-winning "Joker" composer Hildur Guðnadóttir © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 7 / 15
 Women curators on inclusive, diverse programming © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Women curators on inclusive, diverse programming © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 8 / 15
 Curator Djamila Grandits and Russian documentarian Viktor Kossakovsky © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Curator Djamila Grandits and Russian documentarian Viktor Kossakovsky © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 9 / 15
 Egyptian filmmaker and Talents alumnus Mohamad El-Hadidi © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Egyptian filmmaker and Talents alumnus Mohamad El-Hadidi © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 10 / 15
 Faraz Shariat and Raquel Molt (
Faraz Shariat and Raquel Molt ("No Hard Feelings") at a talk on queer film collectives © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 11 / 15
 World Building live workshop © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
World Building live workshop © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 12 / 15
 Director Tusi Tamasese on Indigenous production protocols © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Director Tusi Tamasese on Indigenous production protocols © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 13 / 15
 Swedish animation director Niki Lindroth von Bahr © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
Swedish animation director Niki Lindroth von Bahr © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 14 / 15
 At a talk on decolonising African film archives © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020
At a talk on decolonising African film archives © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 15 / 15

Talents can register for these sessions for free. For general audiences, tickets are available at the festival and HAU box offices.

Grand format sessions The ‘grand format’ sessions of the Summit programme feature high-profile directors, producers, actors, editors, cinematographers and production designers of outstanding international reputation, who share their experiences in moderated master classes, lectures and panel discussions. They give insights into their methods and discuss all aspects of filmmaking, ranging from development and pre-production through to production, post-production and promotion. Many of these sessions relate to brand-new or upcoming releases, their content, format and the people behind them. ‘Grand format’ sessions are moderated by experienced film critics or industry professionals and provide a good setting for an intimate talk with inspiring guests.

Atelier sessions The Summit also offers an opportunity for more interactive panel discussions in the ‘atelier’ sessions. These are mid-scale events for a smaller audience, in which invited experts present practical case studies, enabling Talents to join the discussion and ask more practical questions. Quite often, the ‘atelier’ sessions focus on specific fields of work (like production or editing etc.), even though the sessions are always accessible to Talents from other fields of work. The ‘’atelier’’ set-up enables directors to deepen their insight in the details of cinematography, the dynamics of editing, the secrets of casting actors, new possibilities in digital production design for films, the latest developments in online distribution or the dos and don’ts of setting up an international co-production. This format explicitly shows an ever-changing film industry, shares the latest insights and reflects the flexibility demanded from film professionals. The sessions are usually divided into parts: a presentation, often using case studies and film clips, and an interactive part with a Q&A with the experts.

Summit experts Since the first edition in 2003, over 600 experts have participated in the Summit programme, including: Sir Ken Adam, Ana Lily Amirpour, Nicolas Becker, Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Park Chan-wook, Christo, Isabel Coixet, Willem Dafoe, Julie Delpy, Thomas Demand, Claire Denis, Alexandre Desplat, Anita Ekberg, Olafur Eliasson, Ralph Fiennes, Bence Fliegauf, Stephen Frears, Greta Gerwig, Gob Squad, Agnès Godard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Agnieszka Holland, Ted Hope, Dennis Hopper, Nina Hoss, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Holly Hunter, Gaston Kaboré, Janusz Kamiński, Shah Rukh Khan, Victor Kossakovsky, Ed Lachman, Mike Leigh, Matthew Libatique, Ken Loach, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Andie MacDowell, Lucrecia Martel, Juergen Mayer H., Alex McDowell, Brillante Mendoza, John Cameron Mitchell, Walter Murch, Michael Nyman, Joshua Oppenheimer, David OReilly, José Padilha, Hengameh Panahi, Raoul Peck, Christian Petzold, Laura Poitras, Charlotte Rampling, Keanu Reeves, Carlos Reygadas, Alex Rodriguez, Isabella Rossellini, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Walter Salles, James Schamus, Volker Schlöndorff, Paul Schrader, Ridley Scott, Ulrich Seidl, Abderrahmane Sissako, Molly Marlene Stensgaard, Tilda Swinton, István Szabó, Tom Tykwer, Christine Vachon, Paul Verhoeven, Andrzej Wajda, Wim Wenders, Michael Werner, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and many more.

Talents Labs

At the Talents Labs, selected participants have the chance to finesse and present their new projects at the Doc Station, Script Station and Short Form Station. Targeted group and one-on-one mentoring sessions help writers/directors fine-tune their concept and story structure and resolve any creative issues to move their projects forward. At the Talent Project Market, producers present their fully developed projects to international co-producers and funders.

Click on each individual lab above to learn more about what’s on offer and to browse photo galleries from last year’s workshops and presentations.

Doc Station

Ten documentary makers develop their projects with international mentors, receive input from their global peers and present their material to industry representatives.

Browse participants and projects from 2020

Life on Screen

Over the course of one week, participants attend an intensive project development day with their group followed by one-on-one meetings with a designated mentor. Throughout, they refine their project description and treatment in preparation for the public Talents Labs Presentation in front of industry guests at the European Film Market. Beyond that, they can take in the broader Summit programme of events.

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Who can apply?
The Doc Station is for directors who have already made a feature-length documentary OR who have made two non-fiction shorts or series and are now working on their first feature-length doc. The previous film should have been screened at an international film festival or broadcast on television. The main focus here is on developing your material and story - not to help find a director, producer, funding, budget advice or co-production meetings. The Doc Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply?
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Doc Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
Doc Station is supported by the German Federal Filmboard (FFA) and Sources 2.

 Dylan Reibling prepping at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Dylan Reibling prepping at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 1 / 15
 Lara Sousa and Ulla Simonen at a mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Lara Sousa and Ulla Simonen at a mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 2 / 15
 Don Edkins and Nelson Makengo at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Don Edkins and Nelson Makengo at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 3 / 15
 Juan Pablo Polanco during a quiet moment © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Juan Pablo Polanco during a quiet moment © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 4 / 15
 Nelson Makengo and Sirkka Möller enjoying some downtime © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Nelson Makengo and Sirkka Möller enjoying some downtime © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 5 / 15
 Manque La Banca and Jakob Kirstein Høgel at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Manque La Banca and Jakob Kirstein Høgel at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 6 / 15
 Meike Martens and Sasha Kulak at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Meike Martens and Sasha Kulak at the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 7 / 15
 Packed audience at the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Packed audience at the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 8 / 15
 Ian Purnell, winner of the 2020 Kompagnon Fellowship © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Ian Purnell, winner of the 2020 Kompagnon Fellowship © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 9 / 15
 Rajee Samarasinghe presenting his project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Rajee Samarasinghe presenting his project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 10 / 15
 Nelson Makengo at the Doc Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Nelson Makengo at the Doc Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 11 / 15
 Juan Pablo Polanco at the Doc Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Juan Pablo Polanco at the Doc Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 12 / 15
 Time to network after the presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Time to network after the presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 13 / 15
 Bora Lee-Kil chatting with Simon Bastian © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Bora Lee-Kil chatting with Simon Bastian © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 14 / 15
 The participants and mentors of the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The participants and mentors of the Doc Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 15 / 15

Who can apply?
The Doc Station is for directors who have already made a feature-length documentary OR who have made two non-fiction shorts or series and are now working on their first feature-length doc. The previous film should have been screened at an international film festival or broadcast on television. The main focus here is on developing your material and story - not to help find a director, producer, funding, budget advice or co-production meetings. The Doc Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply?
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Doc Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
Doc Station is supported by the German Federal Filmboard (FFA) and Sources 2.

Script Station

Ten writer/directors receive the opportunity to work closely with consultants to fine-tune their screenplays, deepen their stories and bring precision and life to their pages.

Browse participants and projects from 2020

Bringing Pages to Life

Ten selected screenwriters and directors participating in Berlinale Talents are offered project development with regards to concept, story structure and creative issues to help improve their particular project. Script Station also aims at creating a network of screenwriters who will be able to benefit from each other‘s experiences and from the input of our mentors.

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During the week, participants take part in an intensive project development day with their group followed by one-on-one meetings with a designated script consultant. They get to work on their project description and treatment in preparation for the public presentation at the Talents Labs Presentation at the European Film Market. Afterwards they have the chance to meet with directors and producers. Apart from their time spent at Script Station the selected filmmakers will participate in the Summit programme of Berlinale Talents.

Who can apply?
The Script Station is for directors and screenwriters who have written scripts for at least two short films, a feature-length film or a series that have either screened internationally, won awards, or been broadcast on television or online. The main focus here is on developing your screenplay – not to help find a director, producer, funding, budget advice or co-production meetings. It’s about the story, pure and simple. The Script Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Script Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Script Station is supported by the German Federal Filmboard (FFA) and Sources 2.

 Emine Yildirim and Franz Rodenkirchen at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Emine Yildirim and Franz Rodenkirchen at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 1 / 15
 Emine Yildirim at her mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Emine Yildirim at her mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 2 / 15
 Karol Griffiths and Anne Kodura © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Karol Griffiths and Anne Kodura © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 3 / 15
 Taking notes at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Taking notes at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 4 / 15
 Rajesh Prasad Khatri and Gyula Gazdag at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Rajesh Prasad Khatri and Gyula Gazdag at the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 5 / 15
 Olga Korotko and Anita Voorham at a mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Olga Korotko and Anita Voorham at a mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 6 / 15
 The Script Station participants before the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The Script Station participants before the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 7 / 15
 Guillermo García López and participants of the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Guillermo García López and participants of the Script Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 8 / 15
 Emine Yildirim, Olga Korotko, Zgjim Terziqi and Mika Gustafson © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Emine Yildirim, Olga Korotko, Zgjim Terziqi and Mika Gustafson © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 9 / 15
 Script Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Script Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 10 / 15
 Rajesh Prasad Khatri presenting his project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Rajesh Prasad Khatri presenting his project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 11 / 15
 Emine Yildirim presenting her project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Emine Yildirim presenting her project © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 12 / 15
 Jorge Thielen Armand at the Script Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Jorge Thielen Armand at the Script Station presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 13 / 15
 Ivan Ayr chatting after the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Ivan Ayr chatting after the Talents Labs Presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 14 / 15
 Mille Haynes chats with Mika Gustafson after the presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Mille Haynes chats with Mika Gustafson after the presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 15 / 15

During the week, participants take part in an intensive project development day with their group followed by one-on-one meetings with a designated script consultant. They get to work on their project description and treatment in preparation for the public presentation at the Talents Labs Presentation at the European Film Market. Afterwards they have the chance to meet with directors and producers. Apart from their time spent at Script Station the selected filmmakers will participate in the Summit programme of Berlinale Talents.

Who can apply?
The Script Station is for directors and screenwriters who have written scripts for at least two short films, a feature-length film or a series that have either screened internationally, won awards, or been broadcast on television or online. The main focus here is on developing your screenplay – not to help find a director, producer, funding, budget advice or co-production meetings. It’s about the story, pure and simple. The Script Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Script Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Script Station is supported by the German Federal Filmboard (FFA) and Sources 2.

Short Form Station

Ten selected filmmakers work on shorts of all genres, present their material in public and meet potential future collaborators.

Browse participants and projects from 2020

Short But Sweet

The week-long activities at the Short Form Station include an intensive project development day for the whole group, followed by individual one-on-one meetings with a designated script mentor. Participants develop their project description and finesse their script or concept in preparation for the public Talents Labs Presentation at the European Film Market. Additionally, experts provide insights into financing opportunities in Germany and Europe and into the latest developments in the shorts industry. After all of this, participants can take advantage of the general Summit programme of events.

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Who can apply?
The Short Form Station is aimed at writer-directors who have previously written at least two shorts. You can submit a script or concept for a fiction, non-fiction or animated short in development. This might be a short film, mini series, web series, VR/XR project or hybrid format. The Short Form Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Short Form Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Short Form Station is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kurzfilmagentur Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm and Berlinale Shorts.

 The participants and mentors of the Short Form Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The participants and mentors of the Short Form Station © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 1 / 15
 Laurentia Genske at the Short Form Station workshop © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Laurentia Genske at the Short Form Station workshop © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 2 / 15
 Alexandru Petru Badelita and Yin-Yu Huang © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Alexandru Petru Badelita and Yin-Yu Huang © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 3 / 15
 Short Form Station mentor Pavel Jech © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Short Form Station mentor Pavel Jech © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 4 / 15
 Shirley Bruno and Luz Olivares Capelle © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Shirley Bruno and Luz Olivares Capelle © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 5 / 15
 The workshop in full swing © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The workshop in full swing © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 6 / 15
 Yin-Yu Huang at a one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Yin-Yu Huang at a one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 7 / 15
 Laurentia Genske at her mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Laurentia Genske at her mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 8 / 15
 Michael Fetter Nathansky and mentor Pavel Jech © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Michael Fetter Nathansky and mentor Pavel Jech © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 9 / 15
 The participants before their presentations © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The participants before their presentations © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 10 / 15
 Talents Labs Presentation at the European Film Market © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Talents Labs Presentation at the European Film Market © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 11 / 15
 Jessica Bishopp kicking off her presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Jessica Bishopp kicking off her presentation © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 12 / 15
 Time to shine for Yin-Yu Huang © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Time to shine for Yin-Yu Huang © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 13 / 15
 Shirley Bruno and Varun Sasindran © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Shirley Bruno and Varun Sasindran © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 14 / 15
 Maria Rojas Arias gets a round of applause © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Maria Rojas Arias gets a round of applause © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 15 / 15

Who can apply?
The Short Form Station is aimed at writer-directors who have previously written at least two shorts. You can submit a script or concept for a fiction, non-fiction or animated short in development. This might be a short film, mini series, web series, VR/XR project or hybrid format. The Short Form Station is open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet participated in this lab.

How to apply
Apply for Berlinale Talents as a director and fill out the additional application for the Short Form Station. Make sure to allow enough time for both. Talents alumni should apply through their existing online profile. Questions? Get in touch at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Short Form Station is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kurzfilmagentur Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm and Berlinale Shorts.

Talent Project Market

The Talent Project Market, a collaboration between the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, offers participating producers an introduction to the international market, access to selected financiers and valuable expertise to help make their films.

Browse participants and projects from 2020

Meet Your Perfect Match

Ten emerging producers are selected to present their film projects to experienced international co-producers and financiers attending the Berlinale Co-Production Market. In addition, a monetary award is offered. The Talent Project Market is open to producers participating in Berlinale Talents and to alumni producers.

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To get the most out of the two days of one-on-one meetings with potential co-producers and financiers (individual table meetings, no audience pitch), Talents will participate in a one-day prep programme and a follow-up programme. Under the guidance of industry experts and experienced consultants, Talents will be primed for their meetings and enhance their knowledge with insights into the international film market and financing. In exchange with their peers, Talents will also benefit from valuable networking opportunities to forge life-long professional relationships and share project ideas and experiences.

Monetary award
The ten selected projects compete for a prize. Three will be nominated for the VFF Talent Highlight Award, worth €10,000, and their projects will be pitched publicly at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The winner will be announced during a Pitch and Award Ceremony at the Berlin House of Representatives.

Who can apply?
The Talent Project Market is open to producers who have made at least one feature film or two short films that have screened at an international film festival or won a prize. You can apply with a feature-length project aimed at theatrical release that would benefit from international co-producers. There are no genre or budget restrictions, but having some initial financing attached is helpful. The script should be in an advanced draft stage. The Talent Project Market is also open to Berlinale Talents alumni producers who have not yet participated in this Project Lab.

How to apply
Please generally apply to Berlinale as a director and fill out the additional application for the Short Form Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly through their existing online profile. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate contact us at talents@berlinale.de or on +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Talent Project Market is a collaboration between the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents.

 The ten producers of the Talent Project Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
The ten producers of the Talent Project Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 1 / 15
 Producer Jack Turits at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
Producer Jack Turits at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 2 / 15
 Producer Deepak Rauniyar at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
Producer Deepak Rauniyar at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 3 / 15
 Producer Mandy Marahimin and director Tumpal Tampubolon © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
Producer Mandy Marahimin and director Tumpal Tampubolon © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 4 / 15
 Producer Maria Ibrahimova at the Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020
Producer Maria Ibrahimova at the Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 5 / 15
 Talent Project Market at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
Talent Project Market at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 6 / 15
 Producer Anam Abbas and director Hamza Bangash © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020
Producer Anam Abbas and director Hamza Bangash © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 7 / 15
 Producer Maria Ibrahimova at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
Producer Maria Ibrahimova at the Co-Production Market © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 8 / 15
 The VFF Talent Highlight Award at the Berlin House of Representatives © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020
The VFF Talent Highlight Award at the Berlin House of Representatives © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 9 / 15
 Kathi Bildhauer introducing the nominees © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020
Kathi Bildhauer introducing the nominees © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 10 / 15
 Producer Jón Hammer and director Sakaris Stórá pitching their project
Producer Jón Hammer and director Sakaris Stórá pitching their project "The Last Paradise on Earth" © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2020 11 / 15
 Producer Jón Hammer and director Sakaris Stórá received the €10,000 VFF Talent Highlight Award for
Producer Jón Hammer and director Sakaris Stórá received the €10,000 VFF Talent Highlight Award for "The Last Paradise on Earth" © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 12 / 15
 Producer Diana Almeida and director Vera Egito received €1,000 for
Producer Diana Almeida and director Vera Egito received €1,000 for "Sahar" © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 13 / 15
 Producers Deepak Rauniyar and Jeremy Chua received €1,000 for
Producers Deepak Rauniyar and Jeremy Chua received €1,000 for "The Sky Is Mine" © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 14 / 15
 The winners and nominees of the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020
The winners and nominees of the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2020 15 / 15

To get the most out of the two days of one-on-one meetings with potential co-producers and financiers (individual table meetings, no audience pitch), Talents will participate in a one-day prep programme and a follow-up programme. Under the guidance of industry experts and experienced consultants, Talents will be primed for their meetings and enhance their knowledge with insights into the international film market and financing. In exchange with their peers, Talents will also benefit from valuable networking opportunities to forge life-long professional relationships and share project ideas and experiences.

Monetary award
The ten selected projects compete for a prize. Three will be nominated for the VFF Talent Highlight Award, worth €10,000, and their projects will be pitched publicly at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The winner will be announced during a Pitch and Award Ceremony at the Berlin House of Representatives.

Who can apply?
The Talent Project Market is open to producers who have made at least one feature film or two short films that have screened at an international film festival or won a prize. You can apply with a feature-length project aimed at theatrical release that would benefit from international co-producers. There are no genre or budget restrictions, but having some initial financing attached is helpful. The script should be in an advanced draft stage. The Talent Project Market is also open to Berlinale Talents alumni producers who have not yet participated in this Project Lab.

How to apply
Please generally apply to Berlinale as a director and fill out the additional application for the Short Form Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly through their existing online profile. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate contact us at talents@berlinale.de or on +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
The Talent Project Market is a collaboration between the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents.

Studios

The Studio programmes are aimed at specific groups of film professionals. Actors, cinematographers, distributors, editors, production designers, sales agents, score composers and sound designers are automatically considered for one of the corresponding Studios.

There they can share ideas with fellow Talents, take part in various hands-on exercises and excursions, and discuss and improve the aesthetics and mechanics of their own work under the tutelage of renowned mentors and experts.

Click on each Studio listed above to learn more.

 Cinematographer Diego García and Camera Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Cinematographer Diego García and Camera Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 1 / 6
 Susana Abdulmajid at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Susana Abdulmajid at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 6
 Simone Smith, Will Domingos and Sanglap Bhowmik at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Simone Smith, Will Domingos and Sanglap Bhowmik at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 3 / 6
 General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 6
 UK Talent Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
UK Talent Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 6
 Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 6 / 6

Acting Studio

Ready to Play!

Actors are the crucial vehicle that conveys the dialogue and emotion of the film. Tasked with embodying the characters developed in collaboration with the scriptwriter and director – actors must work together with many creative contributors to realize their roles. Actors from around the world are invited to explore their techniques, to work with dialogue delivery, to meet with international casting directors and more in the Acting Studio. Offering a variety of sessions that focus on particular aspects of acting, these rigorous workshops help Acting Studio participants to develop skills to collaborate and communicate with everyone involved in the filmmaking process.

 Gabriela Cartol with Jean-Louis Rodrigue at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Gabriela Cartol with Jean-Louis Rodrigue at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Susana Abdulmajid at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Susana Abdulmajid at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Juliane Elting and Jean-Louis Rodrigue at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Juliane Elting and Jean-Louis Rodrigue at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Juliane Elting at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Juliane Elting at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Acting Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Acting Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Camera Studio

The World Seen Through Your Eyes

Knowing the mechanics of cinematography and postproduction, and applying technical precision are essential skills for bringing one’s creative vision to the screen. The Camera Studio brings 20 Talent DoPs together to explore the thematic focus “Sculpting space and narrative with light”, as well as “Color correction on set and in the grading suite.” Lighting setups will be built in the studio and tested with the latest digital cameras, and the results will be graded and color-corrected using the latest state-of-the-art post-production tools and digital workflows. The Camera Studio is made possible with the support of ARRI.

 Cinematographer Diego García and Camera Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Cinematographer Diego García and Camera Studio participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Naama Bunimovitz at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Naama Bunimovitz at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Participants at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Participants at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Cinematographer Elen Lotman at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Cinematographer Elen Lotman at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 DP Diego García at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
DP Diego García at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Editing Studio

Life After Shooting

Editing can be an exacting process. In the Editing Studio, a master class, workshops and case studies held by noted editors enlighten the field of editing from different perspectives and offer the participants invaluable insight and tips into improving and strengthening the narrative structure of their future works. The Editing Studio focuses on crossing the borders between different fields of work, in particular highlighting the relationship of editors to directors and working with sound and music.

 Susan Korda, Kiran Shrestha, Maureen Grant and Lucía Torres at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Susan Korda, Kiran Shrestha, Maureen Grant and Lucía Torres at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Gesa Marten, Pancho Borrajo and Lorenzo Nera at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Gesa Marten, Pancho Borrajo and Lorenzo Nera at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Simone Smith, Will Domingos and Sanglap Bhowmik at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Simone Smith, Will Domingos and Sanglap Bhowmik at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Maureen Grant and Lucía Torres at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Maureen Grant and Lucía Torres at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Susan Korda and Florian Weghorn at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Susan Korda and Florian Weghorn at the Editing Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Production Design Studio

The World is not Enough

Our world is the product of millennia of visionary designs and inventions by imaginative thinkers. Filmmakers envision possibilities beyond the limits of current reality and lead us on journeys to outer space or deep into the obscure corners of the mind. But how are these worlds conceived, designed and created? In the Production Design Studio, World-Building experts will explain how writers, filmmakers, designers, artist and producers can create unique worlds as the settings for their stories. Advances in technological possibilities and creative and collaborative methods have allowed makers to redefine what is possible for narrative media and storytelling. Embracing interdisciplinary and non-linear approaches, participants will use new inception and development processes to understand how to prototype and manufacture the imagination to approach the future of storytelling. At the core of the studio sessions, Talents will reexamine the creative process itself, to discover and develop new ways of seeing, thinking, iterating and collaborating.

 General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
General Jeff at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Participants at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Participants at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Alex McDowell at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Alex McDowell at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Paul Moore at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Paul Moore at the event World Building Live: Alternate Histories of Our Future © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Market Studio

Despite the financial risks involved, skilled distributors, sales agents and audience designers can recognise a unique and innovative film and help it reach new audiences.

At the Market Studio, respected industry experts share their insights into the multifaceted and rapidly changing world of film distribution. The workshops focus on how distributors, sales agents and audience designers can build their marketing, audience and curatorial strategies early on during the film production process - whether their intended outlet is the cinema, online arenas or a hybrid approach.

By examining recent case studies, exploring the European Film Market and connecting with filmmakers working on new projects, participants will be able to expand their network, compare online and offline distribution models from around the world and future-proof their own strategies.

 UK Talent Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
UK Talent Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Sigrid Limprecht and Stanisław Bardadin at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Sigrid Limprecht and Stanisław Bardadin at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Shraddha Chauhan at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Shraddha Chauhan at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Sydelle Willow Smith and Talita Arruda at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Sydelle Willow Smith and Talita Arruda at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 The Market Studio participants at Lichtblick Kino © Peter Kreibich, Berlinale 2019
The Market Studio participants at Lichtblick Kino © Peter Kreibich, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Sound Studio

Setting the tone

Exceptional sound designs or scores can be as present as the film’s protagonist. The Sound Studio programme will focus on the use of sound in many aspects of the filmmaking process, ranging from designing a sound landscape to the intricacies of sound mixing, composing scores and exploring new technologies. Participants can discuss their current work with sound designers, who will also give a workshop on sound design.

 Peter Albrechtsen at the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Peter Albrechtsen at the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 At the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Martin Steyer at the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Martin Steyer at the Sound Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Peter Albrechtsen and Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Peter Albrechtsen and Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Heikki Kossi at the event Steps, Shots and Silence: Sound and Foley in Docs © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Talent Press

Talent Press, an initiative of Berlinale Talents in collaboration with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut, is a platform for up-and-coming film critics and journalists from around the globe to deepen their knowledge of current trends in world cinema.

Selected by an international jury, eight film critics are invited to Berlin to review films and events across the festival.

Under the tutelage of prominent film critics they share their impressions and insights through their articles for the Berlinale Talents website and those of its partners - FIPRESCI and Goethe-Institut.

You can find current and previous articles on the Talent Press website.

 The participants and mentors of Talent Press 2020 © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
The participants and mentors of Talent Press 2020 © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 1 / 6
 Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian visits Talent Press © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian visits Talent Press © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 2 / 6
 Former critic Carlo Chatrian meets the scribes of tomorrow © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020
Former critic Carlo Chatrian meets the scribes of tomorrow © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2020 3 / 6
 Oliver Baumgarten, Poulomi Das and Rasha Hosny at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Oliver Baumgarten, Poulomi Das and Rasha Hosny at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 6
 Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 6
 Mentors Oliver Baumgarten, Pedro Butcher, Aily Nash, Dana Linssen and Kevin B. Lee © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2018
Mentors Oliver Baumgarten, Pedro Butcher, Aily Nash, Dana Linssen and Kevin B. Lee © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2018 6 / 6

Talents Footprints

When the United Nations set out their Sustainable Development Goals, we embraced them as an opportunity to reflect on our own practices and those of our participating filmmakers. Knowing that our Talents and 8,500 alums not only collaborate across borders but are also incredibly socially aware and active, we decided to focus on four key areas:

“Gender Equality and Diversity”, “Quality Education and Work”, “Climate Action” and “Peace, Justice and Understanding”.

Each year, we present a range of events dedicated to these issues, and implement concerted measures to reduce our carbon footprint. During the application process and beyond, we give our filmmakers a chance to foreground their own social and community involvement. And to provide support throughout the year, we offer the Kompagnon Fellowship for creatives based in Germany as well as the Mastercard Enablement Programme for projects making an impact around the world.

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