Formidable Talents Showing in Cannes

It’s that time of year again: the Côte d’Azur beckons and we’re looking forward to reconnecting with over 100 alumni at our rendez-vous in Cannes. Berlinale Talents alumni who are attending the festival can still sign up through their profile.

Many former Talents will be making a splash at the festival: Showing in Competition is Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, produced by Vladimer Katcharava and starring Erol Afsin, which was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market last year. Un Certain Regard includes five alumni features: Long Day’s Journey into Night, produced by Zuolong Shan; My Favourite Fabric, written and directed by Gaya Jiji and co-produced by Vanessa Ciszewski; The Harvesters by writer/director Etienne Kallos; El Ángel, produced by Matías Mosteirín; and The Gentle Indifference of the World by writer/director Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

The Critics’ Week features Chris the Swiss, shot by Simon Guy Fässler, and Diamantino, co-directed by Daniel Schmidt, as well as the short films Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year, written and directed by Jacqueline Lentzou and shot by Konstantinos Koukoulios, and The Tiger, written and directed by Mikko Myllylahti, produced by Jussi Rantamäki and edited by Jussi Rautaniemi. There will be special screenings of Paul Dano’s Wildlife, lensed by Diego Gonzalez Garcia, and of the shorts La Chute, produced by Ron Dyens, and Third Kind, written by Konstantina Kotzamani.

The Director’s Fortnight will screen The Snatch Thief, presented at our Talent Project Market in 2016 by producer Cecilia Salim and edited by Pablo Barbieri Carrera. The line-up continues with Buy Me a Gun, lensed by Nicolas Wong; with Birds of Passage, written by Jacques Toulemonde, produced by Katrin Pors and co-produced by Sandino Saravia Vinay; with Petra, also produced by Katrin Pors; and with The Load, lensed by Tatjana Krstevski. Three shorts round out the sidebar: This Magnificent Cake!, co-directed by Marc Roels; The Orphan, directed by Carolina Markowicz and edited by Lautaro Colace; and Our Song to War, written, directed, produced, shot and edited by Juanita Onzaga. In addition, Fateme Ahmadi’s short Leila has been selected for the Factory.

The French Association for Independent Film Distribution has included Bad Bad Winter by Olga Korotko in its ACID programme. Finally, several alumni have been selected for the Cinéfondation Atelier with their projects: Elvin Adigozel (Yashar), Carlo Francisco Manatad (Whether the Weather Is Fine) and Nontawat Numbenchapol (Doi Boy). Many congratulations to everyone!

Exploring Freedom and Discovering the Other

From March 9-14, the tenth anniversary of Talents Guadalajara took its cues from the Mayan greeting “In Lak’ech” (“I am you”), which invites us to reimagine ourselves in the other. Highlights included Guillermo del Toro’s appearance right after his Oscar success, as well as interdisciplinary workshops such as the Directing & Camera Studio, where participants were able to get their hands on cutting-edge ARRI technology.

Hosted by Universidad del Cine, Talents Buenos Aires (April 10-14) explored the theme “Freedom, or, This Is the Way I Like It” with workshops, presentations, case studies and master classes with Chilean documentarist Ignacio Agüero, Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso, Chilean editor Andrea Chignoli, Trainspotting actor Ewen Bremner and cult filmmaker John Waters. Revisit these and further highlights in this video.

Both in Guadalajara and Buenos Aires, Talent Press once again strengthened new voices in film criticism. You can enjoy the writers’ findings here and on a new year-round blog.

Calls for Sarajevo, Tokyo and Rio

Filmmakers from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus have until May 15 to apply for Talents Sarajevo (August 11-16). This year’s theme is “The Freedom of Chaos,” and the programme is open to screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors and film critics. Apply here.

Applications for Talents Tokyo (November 19-24) will open from May 15 until June 15 for emerging directors and producers from East and Southeast Asia. Talents Tokyo alumni are eligible for the Next Masters Support Program, which provides funds for project development, film promotion and attendance at international project markets. Full details here.

Portuguese-speaking film critics from around the world are invited to apply by June 29 for the third edition of Talent Press Rio (October 6-11). Six participants will be selected to hone their skills and cover the Festival do Rio. The initiative is organised in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut Rio and FIPRESCI. See which countries are eligible here.

Talents Shortlisted for “The Difference She Makes”

Now in its third year, the Nespresso Talents contest received over 1,800 vertical video entries from all over the world celebrating this year’s theme, “The Difference She Makes.” On the German shortlist are Berlinale Talents alumni Ewa Wikieł (BT 2018) with her short 365 Days of Work and Kai Stänicke (BT 2016) with Circle. You can watch all of the shortlisted videos here. Fingers crossed for everyone!

Upcoming Dates

Talents Sarajevo, apply by May 15, 2018
Talents Tokyo, apply from May 15 until June 15, 2018
Talent Press Rio, apply by June 29, 2018
Berlinale Talents, apply from July 2 until Sept 3, 2018
World Cinema Fund, next deadline: July 6, 2018

Talents Durban, July 20-24, 2018
Talents Sarajevo, Aug 11-16, 2018
Talents Beirut, Sept 13-17, 2018
Talent Press Rio, Oct 6-11, 2018
Talents Tokyo, Nov 19-24, 2018

Closing Credits

Photo credits
1) Still from Wildlife (cinematography by Diego Gonzalez Garcia) courtesy of the Sundance Institute
2) The participants and team of Talents Guadalajara 2018
3) Talents Sarajevo participants at last year’s Camera Studio © Obala Art Centar
4) Project Labs Get-Together at the Rooftop Café by Nespresso © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2017

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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, the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Many thanks also to our Co-Partners: the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Film Fund, ARRI and Nespresso.