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„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
„Each year we welcome to Talents Guadalajara those filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean who have stood out for their originality, talent and vision for the future, representing the best of Latin American cinema with meaningful and vibrant stories.“- Fernando Garcia / Programme Manager, 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 18 - May 6, 2019 Event period: September 19 - 23, 2019 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.
The sixth edition of Talents Beirut will be held September 19-23, 2019 at the Metropolis Art Cinema.
With its theme “Glow,” last year’s 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 - December 2019 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 master classes 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 will be dedicated to the theme „Too Late to Die Young“ („Tarde para morir joven“) at Universidad del Cine from April 2-6, 2019.more less
The upcoming theme of Talents Buenos Aires 2019 is a homage to the film Too Late to Die Young by Chilean alumna Dominga Sotomayor, who won the Best Director award at the 2018 Locarno Festival.
The theme is an open invitation to the next generation of South American filmmakers to critically reflect on the current state of cinema across the continent, to overcome old structures and to develop vital new narrative, production and distribution forms.
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 1 - April 19, 2019 Event period: July 19 - 23, 2019 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 master classes, 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 next edition of Talents Durban will be held July 19-23, 2019 during the 40th Durban International Film Festival.
The most recent edition of Talents Durban was held July 20-24, 2018. Its theme, „Breaking Rules,“ was a culmination of topical issues on the African continent. The idea of breaking forth and expressing one’s individuality and creativity can be challenging in societies filled with rules and boundaries.
For the longest time we’ve been boxed in, with boundaries placed on our creativity and expression. We need to break free from these strictures to embrace our diversity and become masters of our own destinies. Rules were made to be broken!
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, with support from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut of South Africa and other partners.
Application period: September – November 2019 Event period: March 8 - 13, 2019 Learn more
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 (acting, camera, directing, editing, script, sound design), and specialised labs for film critics (Talent Press) and producers (Talent Project Market).
Dedicated to the theme „Filmocracy,“ the 11th edition of Talents Guadalajara took place March 8-13, 2019.
Cinema is in constant change. From production to distribution, a new set of practices is always emerging in response to the needs and challenges of the world. In this process, creatives are pushed to either renew or die. There are those who refuse to change, holding onto the old structures, and those who break with paradigms in order to conceive of something new.
What are the rules that define the current film industry? Which ones are valid, and which obsolete? How do we avoid being left behind? And who sets the rules in the first place?
In 2019, Talents Guadalajara will gather 50 young filmmakers selected from 602 applications and 24 different countries. Each one of them stands out with their innovation, boldness and creativity; they are eager to question and re-define their craft in order to create a new Latin American cinema that resonates throughout the entire world.
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.
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: April 4 - May 13, 2019 Event period: August 17 - 22, 2019 Learn more
Set during the Sarajevo Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo aims to connect some 70 emerging film professionals from Southeastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus amongst 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.
The 13th edition of Talents Sarajevo will take place August 17-22, 2019, and will be dedicated to the theme „Innocence Un/Protected.“
Cinema has often tackled the profound ambiguity of innocence. This year’s Talents Sarajevo theme borrows its title from Dušan Makavejev’s Innocence Unprotected, a documentary about the first Serbian talking picture of the same title, which was made in 1942 while the nation was under occupation. In his film, Makavejev (1932-2019) challenges notions of innocence during the catastrophe of war, as well as of the (oft-presumed) innocence of the arts in general, and cinema in particular.
As stories of innocence and its failure abound both on and behind the screen, this year Talents Sarajevo will explore the relationship between innocence and cinema today.
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 - June 2019 Event period: November 25-30, 2019 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 professionals who share their expertise with the participants.
Talents Tokyo 2019
The 9th edition of Talents Tokyo will be held November 25-30 during TOKYO FILMeX 2019 at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo.
Last year, Talents Tokyo brought its 15 participants together with the following experts: Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara, Thai producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon, French world sales agent Juliette Schrameck, and Berlinale Talents programme manager Florian Weghorn. Under their guidance, each participant had the chance to present their own project.
In addition, the Next Masters Programme, which is open to Talents Tokyo alumni, selected nine projects which competed 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.
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 - June 2019 Event period: November 2019 Learn more
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.
Last year, six writers from Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal were selected to participate.
Talent Press Rio 2018
The third edition of Talent Press Rio took place November 2-8, 2018.
Participants covered the Festival do Rio, one of the biggest film festivals in Latin America, where they took in the latest in cutting-edge cinema, met international filmmakers, and honed their writing under the guidance of respected critics.
Run by Pedro Butcher (Valor Econômico) together with mentors José Miguel Oliveira (O Público) and Amanda Aouad (CinePipocaCult), the programme included editorial meetings, talks with filmmakers, screenings, a public panel on the history of the online magazine Contracampo, and a master class with Olivier Assayas.
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).