11 Feb 2017

08:45 - 10:00

Early Bird Breakfast

Hosted by Nespresso.

Begin the first day with a hearty meal. Get caffeinated and enjoy a buffet of fresh foods at this first of the daily breakfasts you should attend to kick-start your mornings!


09:00 - 20:00

Berlinale Talents Market Hub

In partnership with VFF.


10:00 - 11:30

Talents Circles: We Believe in You

AC Coppens
Come and get the lowdown on all that Berlinale Talents has to offer at this opening briefing. Under the theme, "We Believe in You," Berlinale Talents managers Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn and the team give you the information you need to get started. Acquaint yourself with the Talents Circle format, the daily theme-based rounds following breakfast where you can join multiple 15-minute briefings led by experts and partners. This morning Berlinale Talents is pleased to welcome back its partner, Nespresso, representatives of which will announce the Nespresso Talents 2017 Contest. Our colleagues from Talents Guadalajara and Sarajevo present their regional focuses, and content-licensing expert Wendy Bernfeld is also on hand to demystify the worlds of digital distribution and VOD and share how she navigates the market in Berlin.


14:00 - 15:00

Global Speed Matching

Florian Weghorn

Global Speed Matching is Berlinale Talents’ take on speed-dating. It’s an exciting way to meet fellow Talents and the best opportunity to introduce yourself and your work. Come ready to charm and impress your potential future friends and creative partners!


16:30 - 17:45

Opening Ceremony

Christine Tröstrum, Florian Weghorn, Annemie Vanackere
Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Creative Europe MEDIA, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

We are turning a giddy 15 this year and warmly welcome all Talents, mentors and experts to the Opening Ceremony of the anniversary edition. The director of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Annemie Vanackere, and members of the Talents team welcome you. We present the focus and highlights of this year‘s edition, and a compilation of excerpts from films of selected participants will be screened. The opening is followed by a drinks reception. ¡Viva la Quinceañera!


20:00 - 22:00

Alumni Film Screening: The Wound

John Trengove, South Africa | Germany | The Netherlands | France, 2016, 88 min.
In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

© Urucu Media

In a remote mountainous region of South Africa, a group of young men undergo a circumcision ritual of initiation. Their guardian Xolani, a lonely factory worker from Johannesburg, struggles with the contradiction between his people’s tradition and his own sexuality. Having first explored male circumcision in their short film iBhokhwe, South African director John Trengove (Script Station 2014) and producer Elias Ribeiro (BT 2015) revisit this topic and other rituals of masculinity. Current Talent Cait Pansegrouw produced as well.