Cinema is in constant change. From production to distribution, a new set of practices is always emerging in response to the needs and challenges of the world. In this process, creatives are pushed to either renew or die. There are those who refuse to change, holding onto the old structures, and those who break with paradigms in order to conceive of something new.

What are the rules that define the current film industry? Which ones are valid, and which obsolete? How do we avoid being left behind? And who sets the rules in the first place?

In 2019, Talents Guadalajara gathered 50 young filmmakers selected from 602 applications and 24 different countries. Each one of them stands out with their innovation, boldness and creativity; they are eager to question and re-define their craft in order to create a new Latin American cinema that resonates throughout the entire world.

Who can apply?
Talents Guadalajara is open to screenwriters, directors (including animation directors), producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, composers, 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.