Berlinale Talents 2017 in Review

Looking back on our 2017 programme, we’re proud to have welcomed 250 Talents, over 100 experts and well over 6,000 visitors to over 100 events over the course of six days. In these politically and socially turbulent times, our theme “Courage: Against All Odds” was a call to take a clear artistic stand and to work together to bring about change. Many thanks to our Talents, experts, partners and audiences from Berlin and beyond for making it such a successful event!

Speaking of success, our first annual “Kompagnon” Fellowship went to 2017 Talent Nora Fingscheidt for her project System Crasher. In addition, films by over 20 Berlinale Talents alumni garnered awards at the Berlinale festival, including:

Kasia Adamik, Spoor – Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
Carla Simón, Summer 1993 – GWFF Best First Feature Award; Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury
Diogo Costa Amarante, Small Town – Golden Bear for Best Short Film
Esteban Arrangoiz Julien, Reverie in the Meadow – Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
Naoko Ogigami, Close-Knit – Special Jury Award, Teddy Award; Panorama Audience Award for Fiction Film
Julia Murat, Pendular – FIPRESCI Award, Panorama section
Mary Jirmanus Saba, A Feeling Greater Than Love – FIPRESCI Award, Forum section

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Talents at HAU2

Videos, Photos and More

Revisit our highlights here, including the Summit talks, Studio workshops, Project Labs Presentations, Dine & Shine dinner and closing party:

Talents Guadalajara 2017 participants

Building Bridges at Talents Guadalajara

As part of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which featured Germany as a guest of honour this year, Talents Guadalajara (March 10-15) focused on building “Puentes” (Bridges), with speakers such as Willem Defoe and Jim Sheridan. Matthias Campe (Berlinale Talents International) reports: “We’re very happy that 48 films by 70 Talents alumni screened at the festival and that several of our alumni were invited to this edition of Talents Guadalajara as experts.” These included Friede Clausz, Jakob M. Erwa, Max Zunino, Sonja Klümper and Paula Alamillo Rodriguez. Several alumni were also involved in the following award-winning films. Congratulations!

Devil’s Freedom (editor: Paloma López Carrillo) – Best Mexican Film, Best Documentary and Best Cinematography
Body Electric (director: Marcelo Caetano) – Best Film, Premio Maguey section
The Blue Years (producer: Toiz Rodríguez, sound: Odin Acosta) – Best Director, Best Actress
Help Me Make It Through the Night (actor: Armando Espitia, editor: Pedro G. García) – Audience Award
Berta vive (director: Katia Lara Pineda, sound: Gerardo Martin Kalmar) – Special Mention, Short Film section
Cerulia (director: Sofía Carrillo, sound: Odin Acosta) – Best Animation Short

Click here to read our Talent Press critics’ coverage of the festival.

Camera Studio

Talents International: Applications Open

Applications are now open for Talents Beirut, Talents Durban and Talents Sarajevo. Spread the word!

Talents Beirut (September 21-25, 2017) is open to cinematographers, editors, sound designers and score composers from the Arab world. Apply here by May 8.

The 10th edition of Talents Durban (July 14-18, 2017) will focus on “Perspectives: Seeing Things Differently.” Aimed at screenwriters, directors and film critics from across Africa, it will also have a new focus on animation. Apply here by May 5.

Talents Sarajevo (August 12-17, 2017) invites filmmakers from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus to explore the theme “Close Up: Facing Realities.” Screenwriters, actors, directors, producers, cinematographers, film critics and - for the first time, editors - can apply here by May 9.

Partners of Berlinale Talents 2017

Keep in Touch with Our Partners ARRI, Nespresso and Kickstarter

The Berlinale may be over, but our partners are here to offer you long-term and year-round support.

Our co-partner Nespresso invites you to submit your vertical short film to the Nespresso Talents 2017 contest. Explore this year’s theme “You Have the Power to…” in a 9:16 format and under three minutes for the chance to win a trip to the Cannes Film Festival and up to €6,000. Apply here by April 7!

Our new co-partner ARRI introduced its International Support Program at our Talents Circles. The program was launched to help emerging filmmakers realise their unique projects with selected packages comprising elements such as camera, lighting, grip, post-production, co-production and international sales. Learn more here.

Kickstarter recently held another online engagement event, in which the film team offered advice and support for the latest alumni projects. If you’re a Talents alum who would like to start your own crowdfunding campaign on our dedicated page, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Kickstarter film team at

We wish you all a great spring! Thanks for reading.


Photo credits
1) Global Speed Matching © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2017 
2) Talent Fateme Ahmadi at HAU2 © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2017 
3) Talents Guadalajara 2017 closing ceremony
4) Talents Beirut 2016 workshop with cinematographer Mark Khalife
5) Mandy Rahn introducing the ARRI International Support Program © ARRI

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Film Board.