Berlinale Talents 2020
22 – 27 FEB 2020
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Berlinale Talents

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

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It was initiated in 2003.

In addition to the extensive summit programme of master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts, Berlinale Talents offers a range of Project Labs in which you can further develop and present your own project. Berlinale Talents also provides Studio programmes and workshops for specific groups of film professionals. As an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the entire event is closely linked with the programmes of the festival sections and the European Film Market.

While the roots of Berlinale Talents are firmly planted in Berlin new shoots of the initiative have been sprouting internationally. These Talents International editions, Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico, Talents Durban in South Africa, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Talents Tokyo in Japan have the familiar structure and purpose of their German counterpart; all the while retaining a regional perspective and finding support and the necessary amenities in a locally based international film festival. Talents initiatives are supported by local partners as well as by the Goethe-Institut.

Summit

The Summit programme of Berlinale Talents comprises a wide range of talks, panel discussions, workshops, case studies and screenings of select alumni films 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 Grand Stage, internationally renowned experts offer insights into their work and methods. In the interactive panels, presentations and case studies on the HAU2 Talents Stage and the HAU3 Top Floor, experienced filmmakers and artists engage in a lively dialogue with the audience.

All live recordings can be found in the Watch and Discover section. The programme for Berlinale Talents is published every year in February.

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Talents can register for specific Summit 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 with an outstanding international reputation, who share their experience in moderated master classes, lectures and panel discussions. They give insight into various working methods and discuss different aspects of filmmaking, ranging from development and pre-production, production and post-production to promotion of films. Many of these sessions relate to brand new or upcoming cinema productions, their content, their format, and the people working on them. ‘Grand format’ sessions are moderated by experienced film critics or film 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.

 Charlotte Rampling at her talk Berlinale Homage: The Look © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Charlotte Rampling at her talk Berlinale Homage: The Look © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 1 / 10
 Tendo Nagenda and Matthijs Wouter Knol at the talk Sweet Streams: What’s Next on Netflix for Filmmakers © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Tendo Nagenda and Matthijs Wouter Knol at the talk Sweet Streams: What’s Next on Netflix for Filmmakers © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 10
 Florian Weghorn, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Justin Chang and Rajendra Roy at Berlinale Talents: Mistakes © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Florian Weghorn, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Justin Chang and Rajendra Roy at Berlinale Talents: Mistakes © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 10
 David Lowery at his talk In Free Fall: Joys of Trial & Error © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
David Lowery at his talk In Free Fall: Joys of Trial & Error © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 10
 At the talk Facts Made Film: Researching Fiction © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
At the talk Facts Made Film: Researching Fiction © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 5 / 10
 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 6 / 10
 Erika Lust at her talk Reinventing Porn: Erika's Ethics © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Erika Lust at her talk Reinventing Porn: Erika's Ethics © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 7 / 10
 At the talk Continental Drift: New Views on Africa © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the talk Continental Drift: New Views on Africa © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 8 / 10
 Roberto Saviano before his talk In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Roberto Saviano before his talk In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 9 / 10
 Audience at the talk In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Audience at the talk In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 10 / 10

Talents can register for specific Summit 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 with an outstanding international reputation, who share their experience in moderated master classes, lectures and panel discussions. They give insight into various working methods and discuss different aspects of filmmaking, ranging from development and pre-production, production and post-production to promotion of films. Many of these sessions relate to brand new or upcoming cinema productions, their content, their format, and the people working on them. ‘Grand format’ sessions are moderated by experienced film critics or film 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.

Project Labs

At the Project Labs, selected participants have the chance to further develop and present their new fiction, documentary and short film projects. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station will help you fine-tune your concept and story structure and resolve any creative issues to move your project forward.

The Stations also create a network of screenwriters who can benefit from each other’s experiences and from the input of their mentors. At the Talent Project Market, selected producers present their fully developed film project to international co-producers and financiers.

Doc Station

Doc Station offers Talents the opportunity to further develop their particular documentary project and bring it to the next level with the help of professional mentors .

Browse projects and participants of Doc Station 2019

Life on Screen

Ten selected documentary filmmakers participating in Berlinale Talents are offered project development in regards to concept, story structure and creative issues. This project lab also aims at creating a network of filmmakers who will be able to benefit from each other‘s experiences and from the input of our mentors. Doc Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet taken part in this project lab.

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During the week, participants take part in an intensive Project Development Day and have the opportunity to one-on-one meetings with two different mentors. They get to work on their project description for the public presentation of Doc Station and continue development of their project treatment. After the public presentation the participants have the chance to meet with producers attending Berlinale Talents. Apart from their time spent at Doc Station the selected filmmakers will participate in the Summit programme of Berlinale Talents.

Who can apply?
Doc Station is looking for directors who have either made a feature-length documentary film before, or directors who have made a short documentary and are now working on a feature-length documentary film for the first time. The previous film should have been screened at an international film festival or been broadcast on television. Applicants should show a good understanding of the film industry. The main aim of Doc Station is not to help find a producer or funding for the project, to advise on the projects‘ budget, to arrange or facilitate co-production meetings. Doc Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet taken part in this Project Lab.

How to apply?
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Doc Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

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

 Ulla Simonen, Pedro Duarte and João Vieira Torres at a Doc Station mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Ulla Simonen, Pedro Duarte and João Vieira Torres at a Doc Station mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Don Edkins and Fernando Dominguez at a Doc Station one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Don Edkins and Fernando Dominguez at a Doc Station one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Participants and mentors before the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Participants and mentors before the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
  Inadelso Cossa at the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Inadelso Cossa at the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 At the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the Doc Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

During the week, participants take part in an intensive Project Development Day and have the opportunity to one-on-one meetings with two different mentors. They get to work on their project description for the public presentation of Doc Station and continue development of their project treatment. After the public presentation the participants have the chance to meet with producers attending Berlinale Talents. Apart from their time spent at Doc Station the selected filmmakers will participate in the Summit programme of Berlinale Talents.

Who can apply?
Doc Station is looking for directors who have either made a feature-length documentary film before, or directors who have made a short documentary and are now working on a feature-length documentary film for the first time. The previous film should have been screened at an international film festival or been broadcast on television. Applicants should show a good understanding of the film industry. The main aim of Doc Station is not to help find a producer or funding for the project, to advise on the projects‘ budget, to arrange or facilitate co-production meetings. Doc Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet taken part in this Project Lab.

How to apply?
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Doc Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us 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

Script Station offers Talents the opportunity to work closely with script consultants to fine-tune their scripts, deepen their stories and bring precision and life to their pages.

Browse projects and participants of Script Station 2019

Bringing Life to Pages

Ten selected screenwriters participating in Berlinale Talents are offered project development in 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. Script Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet taken part in this project lab.

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During the week, participants take part in an intensive Project Development Day and have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with a script mentor. They get to work on their project description for the public presentation of Script Station, and continue development of their project treatment. After the public presentation, the participants will have the chance to meet with directors and producers attending Berlinale Talents. 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 screenwriters who have written scripts for at least two short films or a drama series which have either screened internationally, won awards, or been broadcast on television or online. Applicants should have a good understanding of the film industry and outstanding writing skills. 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 also open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet taken part in this Project Lab.

How to apply?
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a screenwriter or director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Script Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

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

 Hadar Morag and Angeli Macfarlane at a Script Station one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Hadar Morag and Angeli Macfarlane at a Script Station one-on-one mentoring session © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Mille Haynes and Florian Weghorn at the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Mille Haynes and Florian Weghorn at the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 At the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 At the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the Script Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Script Station participants and mentors before their presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Script Station participants and mentors before their presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

During the week, participants take part in an intensive Project Development Day and have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with a script mentor. They get to work on their project description for the public presentation of Script Station, and continue development of their project treatment. After the public presentation, the participants will have the chance to meet with directors and producers attending Berlinale Talents. 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 screenwriters who have written scripts for at least two short films or a drama series which have either screened internationally, won awards, or been broadcast on television or online. Applicants should have a good understanding of the film industry and outstanding writing skills. 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 also open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet taken part in this Project Lab.

How to apply?
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a screenwriter or director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Script Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

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

Short Film Station

Short Film Station offers Talents the opportunity to further develop their short film script and meet with potential partners to produce their film.

Browse projects and participants of Short Film Station 2019

Lesson in Short

At Short Film Station ten selected writers / directors participating in Berlinale Talents are offered a meeting platform with emerging German and international producers as well as the chance to work with a script editor during one-on-one meetings to refine their scripts. The participants get to enhance their projects before taking part in a day of in-depth meetings with producers.

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Additionally, experts give participants insights into the possibilities for financing short films in Germany and Europe, as well as into the latest developments in the short film industry. The selected filmmakers will be presented at the reception for the short film industry during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Who can apply?
Short Film Station is aimed at writers/directors with strong short film ideas that have already been developed, and might have been pitched recently at other programmes like Clermont-Ferrand (Euro Connection) or elsewhere. Short Film Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet participated in this Project Lab.

How to apply
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Short Film Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
Short Film Station is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Short Film Agency Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm (German Short Film Association) and Berlinale Shorts.

 Mentor Chloé Galibert-Lainé at the Short Film Station © Christiane Steiner, Berlinale 2019
Mentor Chloé Galibert-Lainé at the Short Film Station © Christiane Steiner, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Sergio Barón and Gerda Paliusyte at the Short Film Station © Thomas Ofner, Berlinale 2019
Sergio Barón and Gerda Paliusyte at the Short Film Station © Thomas Ofner, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Sandro Souladze at the Short Film Station © Thomas Ofner, Berlinale 2019
Sandro Souladze at the Short Film Station © Thomas Ofner, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 At the Short Film Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
At the Short Film Station presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Short Film Station participants and mentors before their presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Short Film Station participants and mentors before their presentations © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

Additionally, experts give participants insights into the possibilities for financing short films in Germany and Europe, as well as into the latest developments in the short film industry. The selected filmmakers will be presented at the reception for the short film industry during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Who can apply?
Short Film Station is aimed at writers/directors with strong short film ideas that have already been developed, and might have been pitched recently at other programmes like Clermont-Ferrand (Euro Connection) or elsewhere. Short Film Station is also open to alumni of Berlinale Talents who have not yet participated in this Project Lab.

How to apply
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a director. After submitting the general application, you will be given the option to apply for the Short Film Station. Former participants of Berlinale Talents are invited to apply directly. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

Partners
Short Film Station is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Short Film Agency Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm (German Short Film Association) 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 the projects and participants of Talent Project Market 2019

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
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a producer. After submitting the general application, you will be offered the option to apply for the Talent Project Market. 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 Talent Project Market participants © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2019
The Talent Project Market participants © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2019 1 / 5
 Ophelia Harutyunyan at the Berlinale Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019
Ophelia Harutyunyan at the Berlinale Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019
Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019 3 / 5
 Jessie Fisk, Vincenzo Cavallo and Sibylle Kurz at the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2019
Jessie Fisk, Vincenzo Cavallo and Sibylle Kurz at the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Lydia Hesse, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 Jury and winners of the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019
Jury and winners of the VFF Talent Highlight Award © Carlos Collado, Berlinale 2019 5 / 5

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
The first step is to apply to Berlinale Talents as a producer. After submitting the general application, you will be offered the option to apply for the Talent Project Market. 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

Berlinale Talents provides a range of Studio programmes for 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.

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

 DP Diego García and participants at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
DP Diego García and participants at the Camera Studio © 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
 Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
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
 Bárbara Colen at the Acting Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
Bárbara Colen 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.

 DP Diego García and participants at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
DP Diego García and participants at the Camera Studio © 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
 DP Elen Lotman at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019
DP 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

Skilled distributors and sales agents can recognise a unique and innovative film and bring it to new audiences despite the great financial risks involved. Seasoned distributors, sales agents and producers share their insights into the multifaceted world of film distribution in Market Studio sessions. This Studio examines how distributors and sales agents can build their audience and marketing strategy as early as possible in the film production process. By using case studies, connecting to the European Film Market and actively meeting filmmakers working on new film projects, participants will expand their network and examine current models of film distribution in various parts of the world. The Market Studio offers emerging distributors and sales agents the chance to work with high-profile experts, to meet fellow distributors and to benefit from each other’s experiences and from the input given during the studio programme.

 Síle Culley at the Market Studio © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
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.

 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 1 / 5
 Leonardo Goi at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
Leonardo Goi at a Talent Press workshop © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 2 / 5
 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 3 / 5
 The Talent Press participants © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019
The Talent Press participants © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 4 / 5
 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 5 / 5