„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
The latest addition to the Talents International family, 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, allowing them to reflect on their own work, connect with other emerging creative talents, and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of distinguished film professionals.
2017 Edition: A Matter of Perception
Talents Beirut 2017 was held from September 21-25, 2017 at the Metropolis Art Cinema.
The fourth edition of Talents Beirut focused on contemporary Arab cinema, with case studies on filmmaking, sound design, score composition, film editing and cinematography.
Experts included Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni („Ghost Hunting,“ Glashütte Original Documentary Award at the 2017 Berlinale) and Kurdish-German filmmaker Soleen Yusef („Haus ohne Dach,“ Special Grand Prix of the Jury at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival). Participants also had the chance to learn from sound designers Nicolas Becker („Arrival“), Victor Bresse („In the Last Days of the City“) and Rana Eid („The Valley“), film editors Gladys Joujou („Insyriated“) and Andrew Bird („Gegen die Wand“), score composer Cynthia Zaven, („Tramontane“) and colourist Belal Hibri („The Insult“), among others.
For the first time, Talents Beirut and the Network of Arab Art House Screens (NAAS) hosted a film programming workshop for four emerging Arab film curators. In addition, the three winners of the 2017 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung took part in Talents Beirut to enhance their projects with technical know-how.
Talents Beirut was organised by the Metropolis Association and the Goethe-Institut in Lebanon. This edition was held alongside the fourth German Film Week, which presented several acclaimed German films such as „Aus dem Nichts“ by Fatih Akin and „Tiger Girl“ by Jakob Lass.
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.
Application period: September 15 - December 15, 2017 Event period: April 10-14, 2018 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 ateliers (Script Development, Production, Post-Production and Talent Press).
2018 Edition The 13th edition of Talents Buenos Aires will examine the theme „Freedom, or, This Is the Way I Like It“ („La libertad o como me da la gana“) at Universidad del Cine from April 10-14, 2018.more less
Following the tradition of the last years, the upcoming edition of Talents Buenos Aires is named after two South American film titles: one from the renowned Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso (“La libertad”) and the other from the award-winning Chilean director Ignacio Agüero (“Como me da la gana”). This combined theme draws attention to the current state of cinema across the region and to the realities of contemporary filmmaking, including the challenges and limits faced by filmmakers here.
Overall, the theme aims to bring a select group of young professionals together to reflect on the current state of film, both from a regional and international perspective. The discussion will mainly focus on how freedom and risk-taking can help filmmakers find individual forms of authentic expression.
Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, actors, film critics and sound designers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Starting this year, programmers/curators are also invited to apply.
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 5 – October 29, 2017 Event period: March 9-14, 2018 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 Co-Production Meeting), where selected Talents present their films to producers and financiers at the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting.
The 10th edition of Talents Guadalajara will be dedicated to the theme „In Lak’ech“ („Reimagining Yourself in the Other“) and will take place on 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, 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 2017
The 11th edition of Talents Sarajevo took place from August 12-17, 2017 and focused on the theme „Close-Up: Facing Realities.“
The face on the screen can be clearly illuminated and outlined. It can also appear as if its features were escaping its outline and blending in with the background. As if the face were to become its surrounding landscape. Close-ups in film have tremendous power to make us forget about time and space. Through their affective powers, we can be confronted with the borders of the known and familiar and at the same time we can be invited to sharpen our senses.
The face and the close-up were the two sources of inspiration for regional film professionals gathered at the 11th edition of Talents Sarajevo. Not only for inciting rethinking of cinematic images, but also for encouraging a closer look at the realities facing film professionals - be it career choices, feasible film financing strategies or zooming in on the details of a story.
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 Center 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 each 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 2017
The 18th edition of Talents Tokyo will be held November 20-25 during TOKYO FILMeX 2017.
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: October 6-11, 2018 Learn more
Talent Press Rio aims to contribute to the education and training of film critics who write in Portuguese, generating opportunities of exchange between Lusophone countries in the cultural field while strengthening and improving broader links between the respective nations.
Talent Press Rio 2017
The second edition of Talent Press Rio brings together writers from Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal from October 7 to 12, 2017.
Participants of Talent Press Rio have the chance to cover one of the biggest film festivals in Latin America, the Festival do Rio, composing articles about selected movies and meeting 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 (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).