Mastercard Enable­ment Pro­gramme

Dedicated to doing well by doing good, the Talents Footprints Mastercard Enablement Programme provides three selected fellows with mentoring, financial support and public awareness for their film-related initiatives, networks or platforms that contribute to their local communities in an inclusive and impactful way.

The next call is open between 3 September and 15 October 2021. Following the selection process, the fellows will be announced in February 2022. 

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

Who can apply?

Initiators of and activists with film-related social initiatives, who participated as officially invited Talents at our 2020 or 2021 edition. Berlinale Talents alumni from other years can run for a limited number of wild cards upon individual request.

What kind of project can I submit?

You can apply with a film-related social initiative focusing on inclusive, innovative and impactful solutions in one of the following four key domains: Gender Equality and Diversity; Quality Education and Work; Peace, Justice and Understanding; Environmental Awareness and Climate Action. This can be for example a stakeholder group with film-related social goals, training institution, lab or hub, community film venue, festival or distribution platform, or environmental initiative. The development, production or post-production of singular film projects is not fundable. 

What’s the structure?

Selected fellows receive 5,000 Euro financial support for project-related investments and practical support action, as well as the equivalent in mentorship. A personalised mentorship support package is developed with each fellow at the beginning of the programme. Once goals have been identified through the individual plans, the Berlinale Talents team will help each fellow to reach the aim of their social initiative. In order to increase sustainability beyond the duration of the programme, the fellows can apply for additional support along with their final reports.

What will I take away?

This is an opportunity to develop your initiative based on the tutorship of dedicated mentors, public awareness and financial support. The aim of the Mastercard Enablement Programme is to allow you to take your project to the next step, improve your personal and professional capacities, and help to create sustainable change in the Talents community and beyond.

How do I apply?

Alumni of the Berlinale Talents 2020 and 2021 editions can directly apply through their existing online profiles, from 3 September until 15 October 2021. If you have questions or like to present your project to apply for a wild card, please contact us at talentsfootprints@berlinale.de.

Master Enablement Programme 2020

In 2020 a jury consisting of Wim Wenders, Jeannette Liendo and Dominga Ortúzar evaluated over 50 applications from around the globe and selected the following three projects. In addition, Wim Wenders offered insights and encouragement to all 250 participants during Berlinale Talents 2020.


 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
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 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows 
 Meet the three inaugural fellows