Berlinale Talents 2020 Goes Collective

From February 20-27, 2020, a swarm of 250 emerging filmmakers, over 100 guests and countless cineastes will gather at HAU Hebbel am Ufer to reflect on the power of collectives. As a hybrid creature, the okapi in our key visual embodies the unity and diversity of collectives. And because we’re better together, we’re launching the new Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme to support filmmakers with sustainable social initiatives. Read all about it here.

Mission: Choosing 250 Outstanding Filmmakers

This year, we received 3,404 applications from 134 countries – so it certainly wasn’t easy for our selection committee to choose the final 250 selected filmmakers. New to the team this year was director Manuel Abramovich who joined producer Marcie Jost, critic Dana Linssen and programmer Agustina Arbetman in the screening room. They dish on their selection process here.

In addition, several juries perused the 1,048 projects submitted to our Talents Labs. Click here to meet the jury members of the Doc Station, Short Form Station, Talent Project Market and Script Station as well as Talent Press.

Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme

Thanks to a new co-partnership with Mastercard, we’re proud to launch a programme to help filmmakers implement their own social initiatives. Whether it’s setting up community networks or exploring innovations in green filmmaking, the sky’s the limit in terms of possible submissions. The programme is now open to the participants of Berlinale Talents 2019 and 2020.

Mastercard’s Jessica Claar calls on everyone to participate: „For us, filmmakers are motors for change, not just by what they bring to the screen, but also for their ideas on how to create a fairer world in which to live and work. With our programme, we hope to encourage and support you in leaving behind your footprint.” Learn more here.

Global Roundup: From Durban to Rio

The Talents International world never stops turning. In July, Talents Durban took 18 African filmmakers and critics on a „Journey into Authenticity“ with a series of workshops and screenings. August saw Talents Sarajevo host 64 up-and-coming film professionals for talks with the likes of Béla Tarr and Pawel Pawlikowski. September brought Talents Beirut, which invited 21 creatives from the Arab world to explore the limits and possibilities of no-budget filmmaking.

In November, Talents Tokyo gathered 15 Asian directors and producers for project presentations, screenings and master classes with Brillante Mendoza and Olivier Assayas. Finally, Talent Press Rio closed the year out, with six Portuguese-speaking film critics reporting on the Festival do Rio in December. Read their reviews here.

Alumni Highlights

Whether it’s A-list festivals, Oscar nominations or the European Film Awards, our Talents alums have been making a splash internationally. Locarno’s winners included a special mention in the international competition for „The Science of Fictions“ by Yosep Anggi Noen and „Maternal“ by Maura Delpero, which she developed at our 2015 Script Station. In Venice, „You Will Die at Twenty“ won the Lion of the Future Award, which producer Hossam Elouan and director Amjad Abu Alala presented in development at our 2017 Talent Project Market. Toronto awarded prizes to Matthew Rankin’s „The Twentieth Century,“ produced by Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette, and to Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ „The Body Remembers,“ with production design by Liz Cairns and Sophie Jarvis.

In further spectacular news, the Oscar longlist for Best International Feature included 26 films made by 38 Talents alumni – almost a third of all submissions. We’re especially proud of our alumna Nora Fingscheidt, who brought Germany’s entry „System Crasher“ to our Script Station in 2017 and won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear last year. The European Film Awards recently stood out thanks to a humorous show directed by Dietrich Brüggemann and hosted by Anna Brüggemann. „Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles“ scooped Best Animated Feature (edited by José Manuel Jimenez and scored by Arturo Cardelús), while „The Christmas Gift“ (featuring actor Ioana Flora) won Best Short Film.

Berlin Film Residencies

Good news for grant-seekers: The brand-new Berlin Film Residencies website pools useful resources for international filmmakers looking for opportunities in Berlin, and for local creatives seeking scholarships abroad. The platform was initiated by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nipkow Programm and the Berlinale. With 11 of our alumni among Nipkow’s current intake of 16 fellows, Talents alums are very much encouraged to apply. Simply log into the Nipkow application using your existing profile. Applications are open until February 4, 2020. More here.

Thanks for reading. Happy holidays from all of us!

Collectively yours, The Berlinale Talents team

Upcoming Dates

December 17, 2019 – January 10, 2020: Applications open for the new Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme

January 12, 2020: Deadline to register for the European Film Market and apply for Berlinale accreditation

February 4: Deadline for the Nipkow Programm residency. Talents alums should apply through their online profile

February 20 – March 1, 2020: 70th Berlin International Film Festival

February 22-27, 2020: Berlinale Talents 2020

March 3, 2020: Deadline for production funding from the World Cinema Fund

March 9-14, 2020: Talents Guadalajara welcomes 50 filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to its 12th edition

Photo credits:

1) Key visual – photo:
2) Selection committee at work © Lira Lousinha
3) Jeanette Liendo, Carlo Chatrian, Raja Rajamannar, Mariette Rissenbeek, Jessica Claar, Kathrin Schafroth © Marie Staggat
4) Talents Beirut participants and mentors © Paul Ghorra, Talents Beirut 2019
5) Still from „You Will Die at Twenty“ © Pyramide Films
6) Berlin Film Residencies collage © Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
7) Berlinale Talents team © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020

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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, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Film Board, Mastercard and ARRI.