We are family. The seven Talents International initiatives have a similar structure to their Berlin counterpart while retaining their own distinct regional perspectives and benefiting from the networks of locally based film festivals.
Taking place during the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI), Talents Buenos Aires offers 65 South American participants an extensive programme of workshops and master classes along with the chance to develop their own projects in specialised ateliers for script development, production, post-production and film criticism.
For its 16th edition, Talents Buenos Aires took place online in March 2021.
This new edition of Talents Buenos Aires pays tribute to one of the great filmmakers of South America, Luis Ospina, taking as its title the magnificent “Todo comenzó por el fin”.
Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, art directors, editors, sound designers, programmers/curators and film critics from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Application period for 2022: to be announced
Event period 2021: 23 - 26 March
Talents Buenos Aires is an initiative of Universidad del Cine in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, BAFICI, the Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires, Mecenazgo Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Fundación Itaú, Embassy of Germany in Buenos Aires and Embassy of Spain in Argentina.
Talents Beirut invites 20 emerging cinematographers, editors, sound designers and score composers from the Arab world to take part in a four-day programme of workshops and talks in order to reflect on their own work, connect with other emerging creative talents, and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of film professionals from across the region.
Due to the current challenges the city is facing, Talents Beirut is on a temporary hiatus. We look forward to welcoming the programme back once circumstances allow it.
Taking place during the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), the initiative welcomes 50 emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to an extensive programme of master classes, studios for various disciplines, and specialised labs for film critics (Talent Press) and producers (Talents Co-Production Meeting).
Initially dedicated to the theme "Glocal: Mente global, corazón local", Talents Guadalajara will now join forces with Talents Buenos Aires to celebrate and connect Latin American filmmakers and critics during "Talents LatAm", to be held online in August 2020.
Who can apply?
Talents Guadalajara is open to screenwriters, directors (including animation directors), producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, composers, actors and film critics from Mexico, Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Granada, Haiti, Jaimaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vinces and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago). Participants should be fluent in Spanish and English.
Application period: August - October
Event period: March (postponed until August 2020, online)
Talents Guadalajara is an initiative of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut Mexico, FIPRESCI and the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), Cuba.
Run alongside the Durban FilmMart, Talents Durban brings together 20 emerging African filmmakers and critics and provides them with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry mentors. Through intensive workshops and hands-on project development, up-and-coming filmmaking talents are encouraged to advance their careers and connect with the continent's top producers.
The next edition of Talents Durban and Durban FilmMart will take place from 16-25 July 2021. The programme comprises labs for projects in development (features, shorts, docs, animation, series), where participants receive script consulting and present their projects at the African Pitching Forum. In addition, Talent Press workshops offer mentorship for three emerging film critics.
Who can apply?
Screenwriters and directors with fiction, documentary, animation or hybrid projects, as well as film critics, from the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Chad, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Application period: 1 February - 19 March 2021
Event period: 16 - 25 July 2021
Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban Film Office, the Gauteng Film Commission, the International Emerging Film Talent Association, and the Namibia Film Commission.
As an integral part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo aims to connect some 65 emerging film professionals from Southeastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus with their peers from across the region and with acclaimed international industry experts. The six-day event consists of master classes, talks, screenings and specialised workshops focusing on screenwriting, directing, producing, acting, cinematography, editing and film criticism.
The 15th edition of Talents Sarajevo, titled 'BRAVE', will take place during the Sarajevo Film Festival, scheduled to run from 13-20 August. Learn more
Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors and film critics from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Application period: 26 May - 30 June
Event period: 13-20 August
Talents Sarajevo is an initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, the United States Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Goethe-Institut, British Council, Studio Chelia, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre Serbia, Georgian National Fund and Macedonian Film Agency.
Taking place every year during the TOKYO FILMeX Festival, Talents Tokyo offers a select group of 15 directors and producers from East and Southeast Asia a unique opportunity to present their own projects to experts and local industry professionals. In addition, the six-day programme includes a number of training sessions as well as lectures by distinguished international film professionals who share their expertise with the participants.
As of April 2021, the 11th edition of Talents Tokyo is due to be held in person from November 1 - 6. In the case that COVID-19 is still a threat by the end of August, the event will be held completely online.
In addition to its regular mentorship and the Talents Tokyo Award, the initiative offers funding to support its alums in the long run. The Next Masters Programme will select ten projects which will compete for a Project Development Fund grant (worth up to 1 million JPY) and an International Promotion Fund grant (worth up to 500,000 JPY).
Who can apply?
Directors and producers from Brunei, Cambodia, China, China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China Macao Special Administrative Region, East-Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Application period: May 15 to June 15, 2021
Event period: November 1 - 6, 2021 (Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Tokyo)
Talents Tokyo is organised by the Talents Tokyo Organising Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and the Goethe-Institut Tokyo.
The most recent addition to the Talents International family, Talent Press Rio seeks to support Portuguese-speaking film critics, create stronger ties between Lusophone countries, and foster broader cross-cultural exchange through editorial meetings, talks with filmmakers, screenings and panels. Last year, six writers from Brazil, Angola and Portugal were selected to participate.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and ensuing challenges faced on all sides, Talent Press Rio has taken a temporary hiatus. We look forward to welcoming the programme back once circumstances allow it.