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.