Words of Welcome:
Common Tongues - Speaking Out in the Language of Cinema
It is with great pleasure that we share the programme for Berlinale Talents 2024 with you all. At Berlinale Talents, our ultimate goal always has been and always will be to connect people of different backgrounds from all corners of the world, to promote exchange across borders and cultures and to find the Common Tongues with which we can all communicate.
With that in mind we would like to share our heartfelt sympathies with the victims of violence in the Middle East, Ukraine and conflicts across the world. We cannot undertake a programme under the theme of Speaking Out in the Language of Cinema without reemphasising our value of a strong stance against all forms of discrimination, anti-Muslim and antisemitic sentiment, and we recognise and condemn the suffering that has occurred and is continuing to occur.
With regard to the current debate about the invitation policy for our festival, we would like everyone to know that at the Berlinale Talents events the focus is on filmmakers, cinema-lovers and multipliers from various cultural backgrounds. For the safety and clarity that our participants, guests, staff and the public rightly demand, everyone can be assured that we have not invited and will not welcome individuals or representatives of political or other organisations who are opposed to our strong core values of anti-discrimination.
In the upcoming days, we aim for Berlinale Talents to be a safe and secure space for artistic expression and dialogue where different perspectives can be voiced, heard and discussed in a respectful and peaceful way, fostering intercultural understanding, empathy and awareness in the Language of Cinema with which we can all communicate.
Maryam Tafakory withdrew participation from Berlinale Talents 2024 Short Form Station in January due to the Strike Germany action. Lawrence Lek initially withdrew in response to the invitation of the AfD members to the Berlinale Opening Ceremony, but is again participating after the withdrawal of the AfD invitations by the festival.
On February 16, Advik Beni withdrew participation due to the statement and sentiments by the festival in relation to Gaza as well as in solidarity with Strike Germany action, and Monica Sorelle withdrew in line with the Strike Germany action. We have been in contact with all Talents who have withdrawn, and although they won't be joining us, we entirely respect their decisions.
Berlinale Talents 2024 Photo Highlights
Berlinale Talents 2024 is underway and we've covered some incredible ground so far. From internal workshops to public talks, learning new things and meeting new people, conversing, meditating, laughing, discussing and much more - check out what we've been up to so far.Get a glimpse
Words of Welcome from our Principal Partners
Berlinale Talents Festival Returnees
The return of Berlinale Talents alumni to the Berlinale is always a great pleasure, and never more so than when they return with films in the festival's official selection. This year, we have an incredible 117 returnees whose creative labour can be seen in 69 films selected for the 74th Berlin International Film Festival.Read More
The 2024 Talents Labs Projects
Each year, 40 filmmakers who apply with a project are selected for our Labs, the Doc Station, Script Station, Short Form Station and Talent Project Market. Check out the projects selected for Berlinale Talents 2024.Explore Projects
Berlinale Talents Alumni Network
From festivals and awards, to interviews and project updates, our alumni are a busy bunch, and we're always happy to share their good news. Check out our Alumni Network page to stay connected and up to date with all the latest from the Berlinale Talents Alumni Community, including our latest interview with Merve Caydere, set designer on Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio.Find out more
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We believe that artistic and creative values are the only criteria that should affect someone's ability to take part in Berlinale Talents. That's why, since we started out twenty years ago, we have aimed to help overcome the financial barriers for participants from low capacity countries. By making a donation, you can help us support the next generation of Talents to join the initiative and uphold our core values of inclusivity and equality.Become a Friend