2018 Theme: Berlinale Talents to Share "Secrets"

From February 17-22, 2018, Berlinale Talents invites 250 participating filmmakers, over 100 experts and the public to explore "Secrets" at HAU Hebbel am Ufer – whether it’s the hidden tricks of the trade, the mysteries of cinema’s visual language, or current political and social questions of how we share, disclose and protect knowledge. The accompanying key visual prompts viewers to complete each statement with their own interpretations. Read more about our new theme here.

International Roundup: Talents in Durban, Sarajevo, Beirut and Rio

Celebrating a decade as the launch pad for Africa’s emerging film talent, Talents Durban invited 30 participants from 19 African countries to examine the theme "Perspectives: Seeing Things Differently" from July 14-18 during the Durban International Film Festival. A month later, Talents Sarajevo gathered 70 up-and-coming filmmakers from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus for a series of workshops, discussions and screenings from August 12-17 exploring the theme "Close Up: Facing Realities."

From September 21-25, Talents Beirut looked at contemporary Arab cinema as a "Matter of Perception," with a special focus on cinematographers, editors, sound designers and score composers from the region. Finally, the second edition of Talent Press Rio, from October 7-12, brought together emerging film critics from the Portuguese-speaking world to cover the Festival do Rio. Reviews and interviews from Durban, Sarajevo and Rio can be found on the Talent Press website.

Talents Tokyo in the Spotlight

Talents Tokyo (November 20-25) recently came to a close after six days of intensive workshops with 15 participating directors and producers. The Talents Tokyo Award went to Mongolian director Zoljargal Purevdash for her film I Wish I Could Hibernate, and a Special Mention went to Thai producer Supatcha Thipsena for Doi Boy.

This year, several Berlinale Talents alumni were selected for Tokyo. We spoke to Nicole Midori Woodford (BT 2010) and Bradley Liew (BT 2015) about how these workshops have helped them fine-tune their material and boosted their artistic development. Read about their trajectories here.

Alumni Highlights

Our alumni scooped up countless awards on the summer and autumn festival circuit. In Venice, Alireza Khatami’s Oblivion Verses (Script Station 2013, co-produced by Catharina Schreckenberg, BT 2014) took home the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, the FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Film and the Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue. Candelaria, edited by Anita Remón (BT 2016), won the Giornate degli Autori Director’s Award.

In Toronto, the Platform Prize Special Mention went to Dark River by Clio Barnard (BT 2003). The FIPRESCI Discovery Prize was awarded to Ava, directed by Sadaf Foroughi (BT 2005) and produced and edited by Kiarash Anvar (BT 2004). The IWC Short Cuts Award gave honourable mentions to Matthew Rankin’s (BT 2011) The Tesla World Light (costume design by Becca Blackwood, BT 2017) and to A Gentle Night, edited by Carlo Francisco Manatad (BT 2012). The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film went to Luk’Luk’I, executive produced by Chelsea McMullan (BT 2007).

In further exciting news, Marie Dvorakova (BT 2009) won a Student Academy Award in October for her short Who’s Who in Mycology. And in case you missed it, the longlist for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards includes a dazzling 17 films by our alumni. We’re incredibly proud and keeping our fingers crossed.

Last but certainly not least, five out of 19 nominated alumni took home prizes at the European Film Awards last weekend. Starring Elisabeth Moss (BT 2004) and edited by Jacob Schulsinger (BT 2010), The Square swept up six awards including European Film. Communion, produced by Anna Wydra (BT 2012), was named European Documentary. Lady Macbeth, lensed by Ari Wegner (BT 2009), scooped the European Discovery Prize. And Timecode, produced by Arturo Mendiz (BT 2013), was named European Short Film. Congratulations!

Thanks for reading. Happy holidays from all of us in Berlin – we hope to see you at the festival in February.

Upcoming Dates

December 15, 2017: Deadline for South-American filmmakers to apply for Talents Buenos Aires

December 15, 2017: Deadline for universities and colleges to apply for accreditation to the Berlin International Film Festival

January 6, 2018: Registration deadline for the European Film Market (February 15-23, 2018) and accreditation deadline for the Berlin International Film Festival

February 17-22, 2018: Berlinale Talents 2018 during the Berlin International Film Festival (February 15-25, 2018)

March 5, 2018: Deadline for production funding from the World Cinema Fund (bi-annual)

March 9-14, 2018: Talents Guadalajara welcomes 70 filmmakers for its 10th edition, dedicated to the theme "In Lak’ech" ("Reimagining Yourself in the Other")

Closing credits

Photo credits
1) Campaign by Goldener Westen
2) Speed Matching Session © Talents Beirut 2017
3) Participants and experts of Talents Tokyo 2017 © Talents Tokyo/TOKYO FILMeX
4) Alireza Khatami receiving the Orizzonti Award in Venice © La Biennale di Venezia
5) Berlinale Talents group photo © Cécile Mella, Berlinale Talents 2017

Berlinale Talents welcomes your comments and/or queries! For more information, please visit www.berlinale-talents.de or contact us at talents@berlinale.de.

Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, and is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.