German Federal Foreign Office
The German Federal Foreign Office has supported Berlinale Talents since 2004. In addition to political and economic relations, cultural relations – including education – are one of the three cornerstones of German foreign policy and have a proven, long-term impact. With its worldwide network of representatives, the German Federal Foreign Office allows Berlinale Talents to reach an even wider range of potential participants and stakeholders.
Both Berlinale Talents and the German Federal Foreign Office believe in fostering cultural diversity, cross-cultural exchange and open dialogue, thus creating a solid foundation for international understanding and cooperation. The German Federal Foreign Office also supports Berlinale Talents as a means of showcasing Germany as a centre of world-class education and as the home of a vibrant creative and cultural scene.
In 2020, the German Federal Foreign Office supported several events at Berlinale Talents, including a talk on decolonialising film archives, a Talents Footprints panel on sustainability and provided hands-on information in a Talents Circle how to reach the Agenda 2030, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special programme World Cinema Fund Africa was started in 2016.