Join the Berlinale’s talent development programme for the world’s top 250 emerging filmmakers and drama series creators. From February 9-14, 2019, you’ll have a unique chance to network and gain invaluable creative input from the leading lights of the industry and peers from across all disciplines and all corners of the globe.

Berlinale Talents is the festival’s laboratory for creativity, collaboration and discovery. Every year, over 100 renowned experts join participating Talents for talks, screenings, case studies, workshops and Project Labs. In recent years, Meryl Streep has discussed women’s evolving role in Hollywood, Filipino director Lav Diaz has revealed the stories lurking between the lines of his epic scripts, and Japanese film composer Ryūichi Sakamoto has improvised live on stage on his piano. Other subjects have ranged from queer cinema to cutting-edge lighting concepts, from team building to co-producing, and from online series to the latest innovations in VR.

Application deadline: September 3, 2018, 23:59 (CEST)

How to Apply

Berlinale Talents is open to filmmakers and drama series creators in the early stages of their careers who have already made two or more shorts, a feature film or a high-quality TV series that have screened internationally or won awards.

We welcome applications from: Actors - Cinematographers - Directors - Distributors - Editors - Film critics - Producers - Production designers - Sales agents - Screenwriters - Score composers - Sound designers.

See application details and video

Alumni Returnees

If you’ve participated in Berlinale Talents before, we’d be delighted to welcome you back. You have two options:

1) Our Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station and Talent Project Market are open to alumni who would like to develop and present a project in Berlin.
2) Former participants of the Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station or Talent Project Market who were unable to attend the general summit during their first visit may reapply to complete their Berlinale Talents experience.

Apply now as a returnee


Over 40 talks and interactive panels offer ample opportunity to gain insights from the luminaries of the Berlinale, the European Film Market and the international film and art world. Last year’s experts included Gus Van Sant, Willem Dafoe, Nancy Schreiber, Agnès Godard, Tom Tykwer, Christian Petzold, Josephine Decker, Lauren Greenfield, and more.

Browse our 2018 events and watch full-length recordings of our past talks


If you’re invited to Berlinale Talents as an actor, cinematographer, distributor, editor, production designer, sales agent, score composer or sound designer, you’ll automatically be considered for one of the corresponding six Studios. Through a series of case studies and hands-on exercises, you’ll acquire and share tricks of the trade, exchange ideas with fellow Talents and expand your know-how under the guidance of mentors and experts.

Learn more about our Studios

Project Labs

Thirty screenwriters or writer-directors are selected to develop and present their current projects. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station offer individual mentorship to fine-tune your project’s concept and story structure, and to help unfold its full potential. The Project Labs culminate in presentations for industry representatives – an excellent chance to make an impression and test your material’s viability.

Read about the Project Labs and explore last year’s projects

Talent Project Market

The Talent Project Market invites ten producers to present their fully developed feature film projects to experienced international co-producers and financiers attending the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Participants receive guidance from industry experts, intensive one-on-one meetings with potential partners, and the chance to give a public pitch and win a cash prize.

Learn more about the Talent Project Market and browse the selected 2018 projects

Networking Events

To top it all off, Berlinale Talents offers endless networking opportunities. Events such as our Talents Circles, Global Speed Matching sessions, Happy Hours at the European Film Market, and the popular Dine & Shine dinner allow you to meet the movers and shakers of the industry, network more informally, and find future collaborators.

Get to know our global network of over 7,500 alumni

Talent Press

A leading accelerator programme for emerging film critics, Talent Press offers the unique chance to explore Berlinale films and events under the tutelage of seasoned journalists. From their home base in the editorial office, the eight participants will refine their writing technique, attend screenings and Talents events, interview filmmakers, and work on an in-depth essay to be published after the festival.

Explore previous participants’ work on the dedicated Talent Press website

Still have questions? Check out our How to Apply page and our FAQ’s

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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.