„At Talents Beirut, we support Talents from the Arab world by acknowledging their creativity and inviting them to rethink their work and use new perspectives to enhance their artistry and technical skills together with experts.“ - Rabih El-Khoury / Programme Manager of Talents Beirut
„Talents Buenos Aires has established itself as one of the most important cinematic events of the region. A space for reflection on South American cinema, it encourages young filmmakers on their professional paths and serves as a bridge between education and industry.“ - María Marta Antin / Director of Talents Buenos Aires
„Over the years, several features and shorts have been produced thanks to networks formed at Talents Guadalajara—a clear sign of its importance as a platform for creative exchange for the emerging film talent of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.“ - Ana Zamboni / Director of Talents Guadalajara
„At Talents Sarajevo, numerous sessions with seasoned industry professionals provide participants with intimate, casual access to the information and experience that can inspire them to take their careers to the next level.“ - Nick Davies / Programme Manager of Talents Sarajevo
Application period: March 5 - May 3, 2018 Event period: September 13-17, 2018 Learn more
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 distinguished film professionals from the region and beyond.
2018 Edition: Glow
The fifth edition of Talents Beirut was held September 13-17, 2018 at the Metropolis Art Cinema.
With its theme “Glow,” this edition focused on the efforts of Arab creatives to get their projects off the ground - from the initial idea on paper to shooting the film and sharing it with the public.
Experts included Danish sound designer, re-recording mixer and music supervisor Peter Albrechtsen (Dunkirk, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki), cinematographer Thomas W. Kiennast (Three Days in Quiberon) and film editor Gesa Marten (Perestroika – Umbau einer Wohnung). Filmmaker The Fdz and sound designer Lama Sawaya presented a case study of their robot animation in The Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow, a Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung winner. In addition, director and score composer Rana Eid shared the experience of writing, editing and mixing her documentary feature debut Panoptic with editor and artist Rania Stephan and re-recording mixer Florent Lavallée.
Talents Beirut was organised by the Metropolis Association and the Goethe-Institut in Lebanon. This edition was held alongside the fifth German Film Week, which presented several acclaimed recent features such as Three Days in Quiberon (introduced by director Emily Atef), Western by Valeska Grisebach and In the Aisles by Thomas Stuber, as well as the Syrian/Lebanese/German documentary Taste of Cement by Ziad Koulthoum. There was also a tribute to renowned actress Hanna Schygulla with a presentation of four of her films.
Who can apply?
Cinematographers, editors, sound designers and score composers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Talents Beirut is an initiative of the Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut in Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille and with the support of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Application period: September 15 - December 15, 2018 Event period: April 2-6, 2019 Learn more
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 masterclasses along with the chance to develop their own projects in four specialised ateliers (Script Development, Production, Post-Production and Talent Press).
2019 Edition The 14th edition of Talents Buenos Aires is dedicated to the theme „Too Late to Die Young“ („Tarde para morir joven“) at Universidad del Cine from April 2-6, 2018.more less
The upcoming theme of Talents Buenos Aires is a hommage to the film „Too Late to Die Young“ by Chilean alumna Dominga Sotomayor, who won the Best Director award at the 2018 Locarno Festival.
It is meant as an invitation to the next generation of filmmakers to critically reflect on the current state of cinema across South America, overcome old structures and develop vital new forms of narrative, production and distribution.
Starting this year, art directors are also invited to apply.
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.
Talents Buenos Aires is an initiative of Universidad del Cine in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, BAFICI, the Buenos Aires Film Lab (BAL), the Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires and Mecenazgo Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Application period: March 6 - April 6, 2018 Event period: July 20-24, 2018 Learn more
Embedded in the Durban International Film Festival, Talents Durban brings together emerging African filmmakers and provides them with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry experts and mentors. In an intensive series of masterclasses, workshops and networking events, the continent’s up-and-coming filmmaking talents are encouraged to advance their careers and forge relationships with their global counterparts.
The most recent edition of Talents Durban was held on July 14-18, 2017 during the Durban International Film Festival.
Celebrating 10 years as the launchpad for Africa’s young film professionals, the 2017 edition of Talents Durban invited 30 participants from 19 African countries to explore the theme “Perspectives: Seeing Things Differently.”
In an exciting addition to the programme, four directors and screenwriters working in animation and visual effects were invited, and a new Animation Studio was launched to keep Africa at the forefront of cutting-edge cinematic technology. The selected Talents were able to share ideas with fellow participants, learn from renowned mentors and experts, and take part in numerous hands-on workshops, discussions and excursions to improve the aesthetics and mechanics of their own work.
Who can apply?
Screenwriters and directors with fiction or documentary 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.
Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut South Africa and other partners.
Application period: September 7 – November 7, 2018 Event period: March 2019 Learn more
Taking place during the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the initiative welcomes 50 emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to an extensive programme of master classes, studios for various disciplines (acting, camera, directing, editing, script, sound design), and special labs for film critics (Talent Press) and producers (Talent Project Market), where selected Talents present their films to producers and financiers at the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting.
The 10th edition of Talents Guadalajara was dedicated to the theme „In Lak’ech“ („Reimagining Yourself in the Other“) and took place March 9-14, 2018.
Thinking we are superior to others is closely related to how little we know about them. In a world threatened by radical nationalist and heterophobic tendencies that use fear to portray the “stranger” as an enemy, Talents Guadalajara relies on the power of cinematic storytelling to allow us to enter into others’ lives for a few minutes.
Taking the Mayan greeting “In Lak’ech” (“I am another you”) as a point of departure, Talents Guadalajara offers participants the chance to get to know individuals who are different from them: their cultures, ways of thinking, religions, sexual inclination and customs. The best way to break with the habit of seeing “the other” as an adversary is to know and empathise with them through their stories, and to recognise ourselves in others.
Who can apply?
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.
Talents Guadalajara is an initiative of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut Mexico and FIPRESCI.
Application: March 13 - May 22, 2018 Event period: August 11-16, 2018 Learn more
Set during the Sarajevo Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo aims to connect around 70 emerging film professionals from Southeastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus with each other and with acclaimed regional and international film industry experts. The six-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and specialised programmes for specific disciplines including acting, cinematography, directing, editing, producing, scriptwriting and reviewing films for print and radio.
Talents Sarajevo 2018
The 12th edition of Talents Sarajevo took place 11-16, 2018 and focused on the theme „The Freedom of Chaos.“
As filmmakers, as artists, and fundamentally as storytellers, it is our place to make order out of chaos – to create narratives that help us make sense of our world, to persuade, to lead, to be heard. By extension, it is for us to determine the models that will allow us to accomplish our noble task. There are tried-and-true structures in place, built by those who have gone before us – but received knowledge is always to be questioned, and making chaos out of order can bring about new and perfect synthesis.
Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors and film critics from Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).
Talents Sarajevo is an initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport of Bosnia-Herzegovina, MDG Achievement Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Fund, Film Centre Serbia, Albanian National Center of Cinematography and various embassies.
Application period: May 15 - June 15, 2018 Event period: November 19-24, 2018 Learn more
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 and excursions as well as lectures by distinguished international film experts who share their experiences with the participants.
Talents Tokyo 2018
The 19th edition of Talents Tokyo will be held November 19-24 during TOKYO FILMeX 2018.
The upcoming edition of Talents Tokyo will invite 15 participants to explore the theme “Identify the Essence.” In light of this theme, each filmmaker will have the opportunity to present his or her own project.
Talents Tokyo 2017 offers lectures, presentation training and master classes given by noted film experts who are active and respected in the industry. This year’s experts will include director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, producer Cedomir Kolar and world sales agent Frédéric Corvez. Several “Meet the Experts” sessions will give participants the chance to engage with Richard Lormand (communication strategist at Film Press Plus) and with sound designer and music producer Yasuhiro Morinaga.
In addition, Talents Tokyo alumna and director Mouly Surya, whose latest feature Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts premiered in Cannes and will screen in competition at TOKYO FILMeX this year, will share insights into her work with participants.
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.
Talents Tokyo is organised by the Talents Tokyo Organising Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and the Goethe-Institut Tokyo.
Application period: April 23 - June 29 2018 Event period: November 3-8, 2018 Learn more
The most recent addition to the Talents International family, Talent Press Rio seeks to support and train Portuguese-speaking film critics, create stronger ties between Lusophone countries and foster broader cross-cultural exchange. This year, six writers from Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal have been selected to participate.
Talent Press Rio 2018
The third edition of Talent Press Rio takes place November 3-8, 2018.
Participants of Talent Press Rio will cover the Festival do Rio, one of the biggest film festivals in Latin America, where they will review the latest cutting-edge cinema and meet international filmmakers, critics and writers.
One of last year’s mentors was Heitor Augusto, who was selected as a critic for the Berlinale’s Talent Press in 2015. Two years later, he returned to the initiative as a mentor in Rio. He was part of a team that also included the Brazilian journalist Ana Paula Souza and the Angolan journalist Saymon Nascimento, who guided six up-and-coming film critics from three Portuguese-speaking countries. Heitor Augusto commented on his role last year: “Being a Talent Press participant in Berlin was an interesting experience that allowed me to meet critics from all over the world and to compare and link the traditions of criticism in Brazil with those from other countries. Now I hope to contribute to Talent Press Rio by discussing the many possible approaches to cinema as a critic.”
Who can apply?
Film critics and journalists from the following countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
Talent Press Rio is organised in partnership with Berlinale Talents, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut Brazil and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics).