Doing well by doing good is the maxim of Berlinale Talents and Mastercard in creating sustainable change. The Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme helps filmmakers achieve social impact through financial support, mentorship and public awareness. Mastercard’s Jessica Claar explains: "For us, filmmakers are motors for change, not just by what they bring to the screen, but also for their ideas on how to create a fairer world in which to live and work. With our programme, we hope to encourage and support you in leaving behind your footprint."

The next edition of the programme will be open to participants of Berlinale Talents 2020 and 2021, with applications running from 1 September to 1 October, 2021. The next fellows will be announced at Berlinale Talents 2022. 

In 2020, Mastercard proudly supported the Dine & Shine dinner, where the three selected fellows were announced, and a Talents Circle where they presented their projects to their peers and industry guests.

Anam Abbas, Sydelle Willow Smith and Diego Sarmiento at their fellowship announcement in February 2020

The 2020 Mastercard Enablement Programme Fellows

An international jury consisting of Wim Wenders (director), Jeannette Liendo (Mastercard) and Dominga Ortúzar (distributor) selected the following inaugural fellows:

Anam Abbas (Documentary Association of Pakistan)
Diego Sarmiento Pagán (The Seeds Project, Peru)
Sydelle Willow Smith (Sunshine Cinema, South Africa)

Learn more about their projects in the video below. Next year’s programme will be open to participants of Berlinale Talents 2020 and 2021.