Until 1 September 2016, the application for the 2017 edition of Berlinale Talents is open. We look forward to your application and say thanks for spreading the word.

Berlinale Talents is the festival’s creative networking platform for film and TV drama series professionals from around the world. It consists of the Summit with master classes and interactive panel discussions as well as various Studio programmes and Project Labs.

250 international creatives from 12 different disciplines are invited to Berlin to expand their horizons through invaluable input. They share experiences with experts and among each other and become a part of the ever-growing community of Berlinale Talents alumni.

Apply now at: www.berlinale-talents.de
Deadline: 1 September 2016, 23:59 (CET)

Great To Meet You!

How to Apply

Berlinale Talents is dedicated to film and TV drama series professionals in the fifth to tenth year of their careers:
  • actors
  • cinematographers
  • directors
  • distributors
  • editors
  • film critics
  • producers
  • production designers
  • sales agents
  • screenwriters
  • score composers
  • sound designers
For more information on the application procedure please visit the Berlinale Talents website and watch the application video.

Welcome Back to Berlin

Applying as an Alumnus or Alumna

Every year, the Berlinale welcomes more than 100 alumni who return with major roles in festival films or a new project in the market. In addition, former participants have two exciting options to apply again for Berlinale Talents:

Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station and Talent Project Market are open for alumni who would like to further develop and present a project in Berlin.

New this year: As a former (first-time) Project Lab participant you can now apply again for a second edition of Berlinale Talents. By taking part in the Summit and the various networking opportunities you can deepen your Berlinale experience.


See the World differently

The Summit offers around 40 master classes, round-tables and interactive panel discussions per year. Film professionals from the Berlinale, the European Film Market and many other experts of international reputation give insights into their work and enter into a direct dialogue with you.

Last year’s guests were Meryl Streep, Denis Côté, Alba Rohrwacher, Thomas Vinterberg, Alex McDowell, Brigitte Lacombe, Roy Andersson, Michael Ballhaus, Tomm Moore, Alex Gibney, Michel Franco, and many more.

Browse the 2016 events and watch full-length recordings of past editions.


Let’s Go into Details

If you are an invited actor, cinematographer, distributor, editor, production designer, sales agent, score composer or sound designer, you are automatically considered for one of the corresponding Studio programmes at Berlinale Talents.

In the Studios you can share your ideas with fellow Talents, take part in various hands-on programmes and excursions, and discuss and improve the aesthetics and mechanics of your own work under the tutelage of mentors and experts.

Find out more about the six Studios at Berlinale Talents.

Project Labs

Bringing Pages to Life

30 screenwriters and writer-directors are offered a special environment to further work on and present their new fiction, documentary and short film projects while being at Berlinale Talents. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station provide development with regard to concept, story structure and creative issues. All three Stations are concluded with presentations in front of industry representatives.

Learn more about the Project Labs and browse the projects of 2016.

Talent Project Market

Meet your perfect Match

The Talent Project Market is the successful collaboration between Berlinale Talents and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Ten invited producers have the chance to present their fully developed feature film projects to international co-producers and financiers, win awards, and get inside knowledge and myriads of new contacts. A special programme under the guidance of industry experts prepares you for the two days of one-on-one meetings.

Learn more about the Talent Project Market and browse the projects of 2016.

Talent Press

Do You Read Me?

Film critics and journalists have a lot to discover at the Berlinale. Side by side with renowned mentors, the annually ten participants of Talent Press meet with film people, review movies and take part in events throughout the entire festival and Berlinale Talents. They share their experiences and thoughts in daily meetings and in essays published at different websites and within their own international networks.

Browse through this year’s articles or download the magazine created by the 2016 Talent Press participants.