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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.