It’s time to show “Courage: Against All Odds.” In just a matter of days, Berlinale Talents will turn HAU Hebbel am Ufer into a beehive of activity for 250 promising filmmakers and over 100 seasoned experts from all over the world. Our programme of 30 public events from February 11-16 is now online! Browse through our events and see ticket details here.

This year’s focus on “Courage: Against All Odds” couldn’t be more timely. While segregation is on the rise elsewhere, the Berlinale stands in solidarity with all those who share our beliefs of cultural respect and openness to diversity. Together we’re stronger and more creative – in film, at the festival and also in life. Read more in an interview with Berlinale Talents heads Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn here.


Programme Highlights We’re looking forward to welcoming countless luminaries from the film world and beyond to our discussions, workshops and screenings. The public summit will feature talks by members of the International Jury of the 67th Berlinale: Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. They’ll be joined by Bulgarian-American artist Christo and a whole slew of remarkable women directors: award-winning Polish director Agnieszka Holland, British arthouse favourite Sally Potter, prolific Spanish director Isabel Coixet, American indie darling and Talents alumna Ana Lily Amirpour and British director Gurinder Chadha. Several talks will focus on documentaries, with experts such as German director Andres Veiel, Brazilian documentarian João Moreira Salles and Oscar-nominated Haitian director Raoul Peck. Other events include a case study of the hit spy series Berlin Station, a discussion with Irish filmmaker and artist David OReilly, and talks focusing on editing, sound, world building, funding, film criticism, community cinemas and a theatrical take on virtual reality. Get tickets while you can!

This programme was made possible with the kind support of our sponsors, and especially our long-term partners: Creative Europe MEDIA, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and in particular Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. We welcome ARRI as a new Co-Partner alongside the Federal Foreign Office, the German Film Fund and Nespresso. Heartfelt thanks to you all!


Alumni Film Screenings This year, 131 Talents alumni return to the Berlinale festival to present 93 films. Out of these, four features and a selection of shorts will also be shown in public screenings at HAU1, followed by crew Q&As. Christiane Steiner, who curated the films for Berlinale Talents, says: “It’s a special pleasure that among these various outstanding films several participated in our Project Labs – The Wound at the 2014 Script Station, Rifle at the 2015 Talent Project Market and Estiu 1993 at the 2015 Script Station and 2016 Talent Project Market.” They also aptly illustrate this year’s theme, she adds: “Whether depicting the taboo of gay love in rural Africa or a girl losing her mother and finding her place in a new family, these films show courage in many facets.”

Feb 11, 20:00 - 22:00, The Wound, John Trengove, South Africa/ Germany/ Netherlands/ France 2016, 88´ + Q&A
Feb 13, 14:00 - 16:00, Rifle, Davi Pretto, Brazil/ Germany 2016, 88’ + Q&A
Feb 14, 14:00 - 16:00, Mzis Qalaqi (City of the Sun), Rati Oneli, Georgia/ USA/ Qatar/ Netherlands 2017, 104’ + Q&A
Feb 15, 14:00-16:00, Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), Carla Simón, Spain 2017, 96’ + Q&A

Feb 16, 14:00-16:00, Screening Shorts: It’s All About Transformation, featuring Hiwa by Jacqueline Lentzou, 11’ ; La Prima Sueca by Inés María Barrionuevo and Agustina San Martín, 20’; Ensueño en la Pradera by Esteban Arrangoiz Julien, 17’; Milk by Daria Vlasova, 16’; and Sirens by Emmanuel Trousse, 11’. A film compilation from Berlinale Shorts and Generation + Q&A


Project Labs Presentations In our Project Labs, 30 selected Talents work on their new fiction, documentary and short films before presenting their material to producers, financiers and distributors. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Project Labs Presentations on February 15 to get an exclusive first glance at innovative new projects that will hit the screens in the coming season.

Feb 15, 10:30-12:00, Doc Station Presentation, Martin-Gropius-Bau Cinema
Feb 15, 11:30-13:00, Short Film Station Presentation, Academie Lounge
Feb 15, 14:30-17:00, Script Station Presentation, Martin-Gropius-Bau Cinema


Filmstill The Misandrists Our partners at Kickstarter support our alumni community with campaign support, mentorship, online engagement sessions and a dedicated Berlinale Talents page. One recent successful campaign was Bruce LaBruce’s The Misandrists, produced by Jürgen Brüning and Berlinale Talents alumnae Sonja Klümper and Paula Alamillo, who both run Amard Bird Films in Berlin. The campaign raised €27,000 on Kickstarter, and the finished film will premiere at Berlinale Panorama this year. Asked about the campaign, Sonja explains: “The film is about a secret cell of feminist terrorists, so we devised a campaign pretending that director Bruce LaBruce had been abducted, with ransom notes and a countdown to his release.” As for crowdfunding advice, she adds: “The Kickstarter campaign created a lot of interest in our film. But it’s hard work too – solid preparation, a clear strategy on how to reach people, and regular news and updates are crucial. The Kickstarter team was incredibly supportive in helping us to develop the campaign and guiding us along the way.”

If you want to learn more about crowdfunding, Kickstarter’s Director of Narrative Film, Elise McCave, will be at two Berlinale Talents events this year, Doc Different: Co-Producing Culture (open to the public) and Meet the Expert: Crowdfunding (open to our Talents), both on February 13. Join us there!


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Photo credits
1) Campaign: Goldener Westen
2) Photo collage (left to right): Paul Verhoeven © Lex de Meester; Agnieska Holland © Jacek Poremba; Christo © Wolfgang Volz; Sally Potter © Adventure Pictures Ltd. 2017; Maggie Gyllenhaal © Matt Carr; Olafur Eliasson © Brigitte Lacombe; Gurinder Chadha; Isabel Coixet © Raul Hidalgo; Raoul Peck © Lydie Sipa; João Moreira Salles © Ivone Perez; David OReilly; Ana Lily Amirpour © Myrna Suarez; Andres Veiel © Arno Declair; Ceylan Özgün Özçelik.
3) Still from Estiu 1993
4) Project Labs Presentation © Bettina Ausserhofer
5) Still from The Misandrists

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