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Berlinale Talents turns 18 this year, and we’re celebrating with a spectacular line-up of events. Altogether 255 selected participants from 85 countries, over 140 noted guests and mentors as well as movie lovers of all stripes will gather at HAU Hebbel am Ufer from February 22-27, 2020 to unleash the power of collectives.

Over 30 talks and screenings are open to the public, so come join us! Browse our full schedule of events, check out our ticket and venue details, and buy your tickets here.


Where to start? How about with Helen Mirren, who will receive the Berlinale’s Honorary Golden Bear this year and will visit us for a chat with MoMA film curator Rajendra Roy. There’s Icelandic composer extraordinaire Hildur Guðnadóttir, who just won an Oscar for her haunting Joker score, and Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke. And of course Cate Blanchett, who will join a Talents Table Talk with director Karim Aïnouz, Algerian social activist Nadjes Asli and actor, director and Talents alumna Maryam Zaree.

Kleber Mendonça Filho and Dominga Sotomayor will take time out from their festival jury duties to visit us. American indie director Josephine Decker discusses her latest film Shirley (showing in the Encounters section), while legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel talks virtual shoots and Talents alumnus Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and his team offer insights into their epic DAU project (Competition and Berlinale Special).

Creative collectives abound this year, with numerous activists and curators building everything from community cinemas to more diverse programming. In addition, three ‘collective gatherings’ will encourage Berlin audiences to get involved in an open acting workshop, a hangout with Indonesian artists ruangrupa and a live world-building session. Book your tickets now!

If you can’t make it to Berlin, don’t despair. You can tune into our live streams on Facebook and YouTube, or watch recorded talks on our website.

Alumni Screenings at HAU1

We’re incredibly proud of our alums, and rightly so. An impressive 131 former Talents are returning to the Berlinale with their films this year. Our carefully curated selection offers you an exciting crop of festival contributions by our alumni and friends, followed by in-depth Q&As with the crews.

Feb 22, 20:30-23:00, Kokon (Cocoon), Leonie Krippendorff, Germany, 2020, 95 min. + Q&A (in cooperation with Berlinale Generation)

Feb 24, 14:00-16:00, Las niñas (Schoolgirls), Pilar Palomero, Spain, 2020, 97 min. + Q&A (in cooperation with Berlinale Generation)

Feb 25, 14:00-16:00, Days of Cannibalism, Teboho Edkins, France, South Africa, Netherlands, 2020, 78 min. + Q&A (in cooperation with Berlinale Panorama)

Feb 26, 14:00-16:00, Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarine (Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine), Alex Piperno, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Philippines, 2020, 80 min. + Q&A (in cooperation with Berlinale Forum)

Feb 27, 14:00-16:00, Screening Shorts: We Are Many, 90 min. + Q&A. Featuring Clebs (Mutts) by Halima Ouardiri, A Fool God by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Girl and Body by Charlotte Mars, Playback. Ensayo de una despedida (Playback) by Agustina Comedi and Genius Loci by Adrien Mérigeau. Presented in cooperation with Berlinale Shorts and Generation

Talents Labs Presentations

Our highly selective Talents Labs allow 30 participants to develop their upcoming features, documentaries and short formats in intensive mentoring sessions before presenting their material to industry representatives. This is your chance to experience a vibrant array of stories, genres and formats while they’re still in the making. You can attend with your festival or market badge or by invitation.

Talents Labs Presentations
Feb 26, 2020, Gropius Bau Cinema / European Film Market

10:00-11:30 Doc Station Presentation
12:00-14:00 Short Form Station Presentation
14:30-17:00 Script Station Presentation

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Closing credits

Photo credits

1) Photo collage: ruangrupa © Jin Panj / Cate Blanchett © Steven Chee / Jünglinge Film © Frangipani Beatt / Jia Zhang-ke © Xstream Pictures / Djamila Grandits © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2019 / Hildur Guðnadóttir © Timothée Lambrecq / Wim Wenders © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2020 / Helen Mirren © Giles Keyte / Komplizen Film © Iris Janke.
2) Still from Leonie Krippendorff’s „Kokon“ (Cocoon) © Martin Neumeyer, Jost Hering Filme.
3) Anna Blandford presenting her material at the Short Film Station presentation © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2019.

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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.