1. Berlinale Talents alumni in Cannes

This year’s lineup of the Festival de Cannes, which opens its doors today, once again features several alumni of Berlinale Talents. We keep our fingers crossed for Norwegian filmmakers Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt (both at BT 2004), whose film Louder Than Bombs will celebrate its world premiere in the Competition programme. Ave Maria, directed by 2010 Talent Basil Khalil (Palestinian Territory), and Patriot directed by 2012 Talent Eva Riley (United Kingdom) are competing for the Palme d’or in the Short Film Competition. The programme of Un Certain Regard includes Mexican director David Pablos’ (BT 2009) film Las Elegidas. Iranian director Ida Panahandeh (BT 2009) has been selected for the same programme with Nahid. Furthermore, 2009 alumna Salla Sorri from Finland is part of this year’s Cinéfondation Selection with her film Ainahan Ne Palaa. The documentary feature Je suis le peuple produced by French alumnus Thomas Micoulet (BT 2015) will be screened at the festival as part of the ACID program. Bonne Chance!

2. Migartion of Borders - Talents Guadalajara

From March 6-11, the 7th edition of the Talents Guadalajara welcomed 67 emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean under this year’s theme “Migration of Borders “. In addition to master classes with e.g. Guillermo del Toro, and a wide range of workshop programmes for different field of works, Talents Guadalajara continued with the “Talents Coproduction Meeting”, which offers six participants the chance to present their projects to an international group of producers and financiers attending the Guadalajara International Film Festival. More information: www.talentsguadalajara.com

3. Back to the Future - Talents Buenos Aires

From April 17-21, Talents Buenos Aires celebrated its already tenth edition. For the first time, the group of 68 Talents from all over Latin America included also actors, for whom the master class with Isabelle Huppert was surely one of this year’s highlights. The 10th anniversary was celebrated with two special events in the BAFICI programme: A well-attended retrospective of eleven short films, all made by Talents alumni. Also in honour of a successful decade of Talents Buenos Aires the movie MIRADAS DESDE SUDAMÉRICA was world premiered. The feature length omnibus film reflects the personal experiences of ten emerging filmmakers and former Talents participants from Latin America. More information: http://talentsba.ucine.edu.ar/

4. BAL goes to Cannes

Over the years, Talents Buenos Aires has created strong bonds with the “Buenos Aires Lab” (BAL), BAFICI’s renowned platform for promising film projects and soon to be completed movies from Latin America. Six titles by former Talents were part of this year’s BAL selection, of which four will now also be presented within the framework of “BAL goes to Cannes”: Alba, by Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador/Mexico); Errantes, by Hermes Paralluelo Fernández and Camila Rodríguez Triana (Colombia); Filosofía para princesas, by Gastón Solnicki (Argentina); and Las plantas, by Roberto Doveris (Chile). In Cannes, on May 19 at 4 PM, 15 minutes of each project will be shown before international industry representatives. For more information click here.

5. New Talent Press Articles Online

The Talent Press website has been freshly updated. You can now find the latest film reviews, interviews and articles written by this year’s Talent Press Guadalajara and Talent Press Buenos Aires participants.

WCF on demand

Enjoy the first Berlinale VoD Platform with a selection of ten films selected from ten years of successful WCF funding. Register, Enter and Discover!

6. What’s next? An overview of upcoming dates and deadlines

May 15, 2015
Application deadline for 2nd Talents Beirut (September 17–22, 2015)

May 18 – June 18, 2015
Call for entries: 5th Talents Tokyo (November 23-28, 2015)

July 1 – September 1, 2015
Call for entries: Berlinale Talents 2015

July 16, 2015
World Cinema Fund: Deadline for production funding

July 17-21, 2015
7th Talents Durban

Mid September
66th Berlinale (February 11-21, 2016): new guidelines and application form online

September 17–22, 2015
2nd Talents Beirut

September 19, 2015
Application deadline for the Robert Bosch Stiftung “Film Prize for International Cooperation between young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World” www.filmprize.de

February 11-21, 2016
66th Berlin International Film Festival

February 13-18, 2016
14th Berlinale Talents during the Berlin International Film Festival

Closing Credits

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.