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Talents Tanks

In five consecutive online modules and with input from partners and guests, the Tanks methodically examine and condense the 200 Talents' visions of the future in order to subsequently make them accessible to the industry and a wider public.

On a personal level, the Talents, partners and guests experience the Talents Tanks as a place of open-minded exchange à la Berlinale. They leave the space encouraged to work on the tasks, but also with methods to approach that change in their own practice realistically. The goal is to develop and present pilot projects for the future with potential to realise them locally and globally.

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The 200 Talents work in pre-defined peer groups of eight people and for the entire Talents Tanks week. Coming from over 70 countries and 13 film disciplines, balanced in genders and diverse in their cultural backgrounds, a great variety of voices forms the basis of all discussions.
I believe that being born inside the womb of Berlinale, this initiative and the discourse it carries on has one of the best possible back ups and referee. All this richness should get the chance to have a broader outreach and concrete outcomes to really try to make things a bit better for all of us.
Martina Melilli, Talent & Director from Italy
The Talents Tanks are moderated by AC Coppens and Thomas Biniasz live and directly from the venues of Berlinale Talents. Visual documentation is done by graphic designer Sophia Paeslack. The methodology behind Tanks has been developed by Berlinale Talents in cooperation with Thomas Biniasz and is based on the Theory U by Otto Scharmer, adapted to the individual needs and topics of filmmakers and their ways to apply peer learning and change management (all copyrights reserved).
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I found it very fascinating that a 30 minutes meditation session was conducted across 70 countries by 200 people via technology. Maybe in the future, after humankind's journey into the unknown, we will be able to connect with each other even spiritually over vast distances. It was a very powerful experience.
Chhatrapal Ninawe, Talent & Director from India
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The pilot of the Talents Tanks has been successful and the heads of Berlinale Talents, Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn, draw a positive feedback:

"Meanwhile, there is great agreement on the relevance of fair, diverse and ecologically considerate working methods in the crews as well as on artistic freedom in cinematic storytelling. But we experienced a new urgency in this festival and among the Talents: whether it comes in the form of a green manifesto-in-the-making or an open letter to a streamer, the current generation of filmmakers offers solutions and demands to be able to take creative responsibility and at eye level with the big players, funders and institutions. As a bridge builder and door opener, Berlinale Talents therefore connects its community of soon to be 10,000 alumni with each other and with the industry via further collective and decentralised dialogue formats throughout the year."

Please join the discussion: talentsfootprints@berlinale.de

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