The Short Form Station invites ten participants to share their short form projects with a line-up of internationally acclaimed script consultants and storytelling experts. In a tailored combination of group work and one-on-one sessions, each project is dissected, discussed and developed, culminating in a public presentation under the keen eyes of industry players.
Directors who have written and directed at least two short films, a feature film or a series that have been officially invited to international festivals or released widely on TV, online or theatrically. The focus of the lab is on developing your story and finding collaborators, rather than on budget, funding and co-production advice. The lab is also open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet taken part in the Short Form Station.
You can apply with a script or concept for a short film, a high-quality mini series, web series, VR or any other cross-media project that is in an advanced state of development. Eligible formats include fiction, documentary, animation and everything in between.
With the help of the mentor I can now put in words what's specific about my project. This helps me with the development of my work and allows me to communicate my intentions clearly to collaborators.Short Form Station participant, 2020
The Short Form Station is composed of two parts. Firstly, the group meetings and individual mentorship sessions take place online prior to the festival period, in late January. The second stage takes place during the Berlinale, when the Short Form Station participants attend the six-day onsite Berlinale Talents Summit, and present their projects to industry professionals at the European Film Market.
This is an opportunity to sharpen your project based on advice from industry professionals, the tutorship of dedicated mentors and feedback from fellow Talents alike. The ultimate aim of the Lab is to allow you to take your project to the next step, whatever that might be.
Access to the additional application for the Short Form Station is available once you apply for Berlinale Talents as a director. Be sure to allow enough time to complete both applications. Alumni should apply through their existing online profiles. Any questions? Consult our How to Apply page, or you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 30 25920 515.