Very soon, Berlinale Talents turns the HAU Hebbel am Ufer into a central hub in our increasingly networked world. Under the theme ‘The Nature of Relations’, the 300 Talents and over 100 international experts will explore the inner connections of the film world and discover new ways of collaborative and interdisciplinary working. For Berlin’s cinema-loving public, the summit becomes a six-day meeting point of cultures, a place to see films and explore the latest trends.

You can find the complete programme online, with 29 events and 5 alumni screenings open to the public as well as to industry and festival guests. Click here for ticket information.

Programme Highlights

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This year’s Berlinale Talents programme features a stellar cast of experts convening at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, among them from the Berlinale Jury its president Meryl Streep, the French set photographer Brigitte Lacombe and the actors Lars Eidinger and Alba Rohrwacher. They are joined by Oscar-winning documentary director Alex Gibney, Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg, and Quebec cult director Denis Côté, who all have films in the Berlinale Competition Legendary director of photography Michael Ballhaus will be present, as well as British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer. Other highlights include film professionals who have put their distinct mark on film and film discourse in the last year, such as Berlin-based artist and composer Carsten Nicolai(The Revenant), DOPs Jonathan Freeman and Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones) as well as Mexican hotshot directors and producers Gabriel Ripstein(600 Miles) and Michel Franco(Chronic), the latter a member of the Best First Feature Award Jury. So get your tickets while they are still available.

Alumni film screenings at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer

filmstill from the film Uncle Howard The 66th Berlinale welcomes back no less than 111 Talents alumni with major roles in 84 films. Four films by alumni and a selection of short films will receive additional screenings at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. In the Q&As, alumni film teams embark on a cinematic journey together with the Talents and share insights into how the films came about.

Feb 13, 20:00 – 22:00, Uncle Howard, Aaron Brookner, UK/USA 2016, 96´+Q&A
Feb 15, 11:30 – 13:30, Panamerican Machinery, Joaquin del Paso, MEX/POL 2016, 88´ + Q&A
Feb 16, 11:30 – 13:30, Born to Dance, Tammy David, NZL 2015, 96´+ Q&A
Feb 17. 11:30 – 13:30, My Land, Fan Jian, CHN 2016, 81´+ Q&A
Feb 18, 11:30 – 13:30, Screening Shorts: A Film Compilation from Berlinale Shorts and Generation, featuring Refugee Blues by Stephan Bookas and Tristan Daws,6´;Berlin Metanoia by Erik Schmitt, 15´; The Diver by Esteban Arrangoiz,16´; Oustaz by Bentley Brown, 21´; and Another City by Pham Ngoc Lan, 23´; + Q+A

Rubbing Shoulders with Talents Alumni

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The ever-growing number of Talents alumni is a treasure-trove of experience for Berlinale Talents. Many return this year to the summit as seasoned film professionals. Following a selection of must-see events:

The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows, Feb 15, 11:30 – 13:30, HAU 3, with Dirk Meier, Gergely Pálos, Niko Remus
More Than Honey: The Many Dimensions of Film Funding, Feb 16, 11:30 – 13:30, HAU3, with Malika Rabahallah, Jorge Sánchez, Ben Roberts, Katriel Schory, Henning Kamm
Me Incorporated: Producers as Entrepreneurs, Feb 16, 14:30 – 17:30, HAU3, with Bianca Balbuena, Charles Gillibert, Linda Beath, Fabian Gasmia
In the Nest: Drama Series Made by Talents, Feb 18, 14:30-16:00, HAU1, Screening and discussion with Germano de Oliveira, Jessica Luz, Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher

Project Labs Presentation

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In the Project Labs, 30 Talents work on their new fiction, documentary and short films before they present their projects to producers, financiers and distributors. Please mark February 17 in your calendar for a first glance at innovative new projects that will hit the screens in the coming season.

10:30-12:00, Doc Station Presentation, Gropius Mirror Restaurant
11:30-13:00, Short Film Station Presentation, HomeBase Lounge
14:30-16:30, Script Station Presentation, Gropius Mirror Restaurant

Crossing Borders in Filmmaking

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Inspired by the yearly motto, several new events will break with the panel format to allow all parties involved a more active role. One of these sessions examines the cinematic possibilities of representing the situation of refugees and migration in general. Production designer Alex McDowell also picks up that theme in a panel and two workshops using his “world building” processes to examine the complexities that shape the universe of a refugee camp with cinematic methods. The socio-political relations remain a central focus over the course of the week. Berlinale Talents will host the award ceremony for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation between Germany and the Arab World. And a special edition of Deutsche Welle’s award winning TV show “ShababTalk” features filmmakers from the Middle East for a discussion of the role of filmmaking in times of conflict.

No Time to Remember: Films on the Move, Feb 14, 11:30 – 13:30, HAU3
Migratory Narratives: The Future of World of the Refugee Camp, Feb 14, 14:30 – 16:00, HAU2
Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung: Award Ceremony, Feb 14, 17:00 – 18:15, HAU1
ShababTalk, Feb 18, 17:00 – 18:00, HAU2

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