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Mastercard Enablement Programme

Dedicated to doing well by doing good, the Talents Footprints Mastercard Enablement Programme provides the 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.

Who can apply?

Initiators of and activists with film-related social initiatives, who participated as officially invited Talents at our previous two editions. 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 DiversityQuality 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, starting off already with a kick-off workshop while being in Berlin. 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 over a number of online meetings with mentors. In order to increase sustainability also beyond the duration of the programme, two fellows per year receive additional support and return to Berlin one more time.

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 Talents Footprints - 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?

Applications for the Talents Footprints Mastercard Enablement Programme 2024 were open until 1 December 2023. The new Fellows and Alumni are currently being selected and will be announced during the Berlinale in February 2024.

Mastercard Enablement Programme 2024

In 2024, the Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme returned for a fourth year, and two new fellows were selected by the jury. For the first time, the Mastercard Enablement Programme also offered further support to two particularly successful alumni of the programme. Bringing together new fellows with alumni enhances the programme's collaborative principles, ensuring more knowledge transfer between these socially engaged pioneers and their projects.

In 2024 , German actor and activist Thelma Buabeng (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Marene Arnold (Vice President Marketing & Communications Mastercard DACH Region) and Iranian director and Talents alumna Sadaf Foroughi (Ava, Summer with Hope) were appointed to the jury. 

Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme Jury 2024: Sadaf Foroughi, Thelma Buabeng & Marene Arnold
Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme Jury 2024: Sadaf Foroughi, Thelma Buabeng & Marene Arnold

Previous Editions

Mastercard Enablement Programme 2023

In the 2023, the jury comprised actor Honor Swinton Byrne (The Souvenir), Marene Arnold (Vice President Marketing & Communications Mastercard DACH) and Hania Mroué (Director Metropolis Cinema Beirut). They announced three new fellows at the Dine&Shine on 19 February 2023.

Mastercard Enablement Programme 2022

The 2022 fellows were selected by a jury consisting of actor Zazie Beetz ("Joker"), Jeanette Liendo (Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications at Mastercard Europe) and producer Jonas Weydemann ("System Crasher"). The three fellows were announced on February 13 during the “Dine & Shine Goes Global” event. 

Mastercard 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.