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Talent Project Market

Time to talk business. The producers of ten feature films are invited to meet co-producers and financiers amid the bustle of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Participants benefit from guidance provided by established industry mentors and learn to position their projects within the international production landscape in preparation for numerous tailored one-on-one meetings.

Who can apply?

Producers who have produced one feature film or at least two short films, mini-series or comparable forms of audiovisual narrative content that have been officially invited to festivals or released widely on TV, online or theatrically. The lab is also open to Berlinale Talents alumni producers who have not yet taken part in the Talent Project Market.

What kind of project can I submit?

You can submit a feature-length project of any genre or budget suitable for international co-production. The script should be in an almost final stage and the project should be intended for theatrical release. While still being open to further co-producers, having initial financing or funding attached to your project is preferred.

Vildan Ersen pitching her project during the Talents Project Market.
Vildan Ersen pitching her project during the Talents Project Market.
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Producer Michael Detlef and director Naures Sager
present their project
Producer Michael Detlef and director Naures Sager present their project "The Love Pill".
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Personally, the biggest impact was the way Kathi Bildhauer really handpicked each and every one of us and, beginning with the online sessions in January and culminating with the in-person events in Berlin, forged a true sense of community between us. We left Berlin feeling like family, with contacts (both on a personal and professional level) spread across the globe that we can rely on for both present and future projects.
Participant of the Talent Project Market 2023

Mentors 2024

What's the structure?

The first part of the Talent Project Market takes place digitally already before the Berlinale. Participants can look forward to group meetings and consultations with mentors in late January and/or early February. During the Berlinale, the participants attend the onsite Berlinale Talents Summit, with its programme of public talks, workshops and networking opportunities. They also receive further mentoring, two days of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential co-producers and financiers at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, as well as the opportunity to present their projects to industry professionals at the European Film Market.

What can I expect?

This is an opportunity to sharpen your project and get insights into the European and international film market based on advice from industry professionals, the tutorship of dedicated mentors and feedback from fellow Talents alike. You may expect fruitful meetings for your project with hand-selected and well prepared co-producers, financiers and industry decision-makers. In addition, the ten invited projects compete for the VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with EUR 10,000 and EUR 1,000 each for two runners-up. 

How do I apply?

Access to the additional application for the Talent Project Market is available once you apply for Berlinale Talents as a producer. 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 contact us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

The producers of the Talents Project Market 2023 with their directors.
The producers of the Talents Project Market 2023 with their directors.
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VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 Euros, went to
VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 Euros, went to "God and the Devil's Cumbia" (director: Carlos Lenin), pitched at the Berlinale Co-Production Market by producers Daniel Loustaunau and Paloma Petra. Nominees Vildan Ersen & and Jaime Guerrero won 1,000 Euros each.
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Partners

The Talent Project Market is a collaboration between the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, supported by VFF.

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Talent Project Market 2024