Berlinale Talents Programme 2015 Now Online!

Three. Two. One. Lift-off! During the six days of the Berlinale Talents programme, experts, Talents and the public embark on an extensive journey to discover the endless spaces of cinema. Welcoming many exciting names such as Darren Aronofsky, Claudia Llosa, Howard Shore, Bong Joon-Ho, Wim Wenders, Andreas Dresen, Ursula Meier, and Joshua Oppenheimer, Berlinale Talents will take place from February 7-12 at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Browse through the complete programme at Most events at Berlinale Talents are open to the public, tickets are available from February 2 on at any Berlinale ticket counter or at

Welcome Back Talents

For many filmmakers, Berlinale Talents is the first date that blooms into a long-term relationship with the Berlinale. This year, not less than 86 alumni and former participants of the Berlinale Talents Project Labs return with their films to one of the various Berlinale sections. Six outstanding alumni films will also receive additional screenings in the Berlinale Talents programme: Mar by Dominga Sotomayor, Karai Norte by Marcelo Martinessi, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) with a film crew of seven Talent alumni, The Gulls by Ella Manzeehva and The Greatest House in the World by Ana Bojórquez.

Alumni film screenings at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Karai Norte (Man of the North) & Mar (Seashore) on Saturday, February 7, 20:00- 22:00 | HAU1.
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) on Monday, February 9,11:00-13:00 | HAU1.
Chaiki (The Gulls) on Tuesday, February 10, 11:00- 13:00 | HAU1.
La Casa Màs Grande del Mundo (The Greatest House in the World) on Wednesday, February 11, 11:00 – 13:00 | HAU1.

New Berlinale Talents Doc Station Development Grant donated by Canada Goose

Ten feature length documentaries are being developed this year in the Doc Station, and one of them will receive the inaugural Berlinale Talents Doc Station Development Grant, donated by Canada Goose. During the Project Labs Presentations on February 11, the Doc Station participants will present their projects to producers, funders and distributors at the EFM Producers Hub. The presentation is followed by the award ceremony. The presentations of the Script Station and Short Film Station projects will take place at the ZEIT ONLINE Café, also on February 11.

Project Labs Presentations on February 11:
Doc Station: February, 10:30–12:00 | EFM PRODUCERS HUB, Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7.
Short Film Station: 11:00–12:30 | ZEIT ONLINE Café, Askanischer Platz 1.
Script Station: 14:00–15:30 | ZEIT ONLINE Café, Askanischer Platz 1.

Discover all projects online at:

Berlinale Talents Goes Serial

Along with the new festival-wide Drama Series Days, legendary drama series writer, director and producer Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) will share his rich experiences with shaping stories over the long run of a series and as a feature film director. At the panel Smoking Hot: The Wide World of Web Series, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair will discuss how their cult web series High Maintenance is conducive for testing new ideas as well as production and distribution models. In another extended session, Paul Trijbits (Fish Tank, The Casual Vacancy) will dive into familiar depths and unveil the methods and workflows of serial storytelling and producing with Jörg and Anna Winger and Edward Berger (Deutschland 83), Antony Root of HBO Europe (Umbre), and Roberto Amoroso of Sky Italia (1992).

Drama Series: Land of Endless Opportunities on Monday, February 9, 14:30–15:45 |HAU1.
Smoking Hot: The Wide World of Web Series on Tuesday, February 10, 11:00–12:30 | HAU3, top floor.
High Season: Serial Storytelling and Producing on Tuesday, February 10, 14:30–17:00 | HAU3, top floor.

New Media in a New Panel Format

In an extensive double feature format, Berlinale Talents stages two Cross Media panels in an extensive double feature format. Leaders in cross-media and interactive approaches such as Liz Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Power to the Pixel, writer and producer Sean Coleman (Netwars), Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky Universe), and Raphaëlle Huysmans (Fort McMoney) share their latest ideas and experiences. Between the two panels, a “Network Breakout” will be held: a relaxed get-together hosted by Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, where Talents interested in raising funds and building an audience through crowdfunding can speak directly to Indiegogo representatives about their projects and mingle with panel experts. Held in cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Cross Media I: Creating Identity for Your Project, Monday, February 9, 14:00–15:30 | HAU3, top floor. Followed by Network Breakout: Monday, February 9, 15:30–16:30 | HAU3, top floor bar.
Cross Media II: How to Engage Your Audience, Monday, February 9, 17:00–18:30 | HAU3, top floor.

Canon Activities at Berlinale Talents

In partnership with Canon, Berlinale Talents offers an array of activities, including master classes open to the public. Acclaimed DoP Peter Zeitlinger (Queen Of The Desert) will talk about his multiple collaborations with directors Werner Herzog and Ulrich Seidl. DoP Stefan Ciupek (127 Hours) and colourist Dirk Meier (Antichrist) will present their Survival Guide to Digital Workflows, discussing substantial details of working with the latest technologies. During Berlinale Talents, Canon will also unveil several short films, commissioned with promising filmmakers from the 2014 event, which will be available on the Canon Professional Network website. In addition, acclaimed portrait photographer Rob Oades will be on site with Canon, capturing unique portraits of the 300 invited Talents.
Find out more about Canon activities in its third year as main partner of Berlinale Talents.

The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows on Monday, February 9, 11:00–13:00 | HAU3, top floor.
Measuring Space: The Cinematography of Peter Zeitlinger on Monday, February 9, 17:00–18:30 | HAU1.

Directing, Producing and Exhibiting Film in Arab Countries

This year, a number of events in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung focus on filmmaking and the state of (art house) cinema in Arab countries. At the panel Crossroads to Culture - Cinema(s) in the Arab World, noted distributors and exhibitors from Beirut, Cairo and Berlin will explore not only how local cinemas are reemerging as bustling hubs of alternative culture, but will also examine the difficulties faced by distributors and filmmakers as they try to transfer Arab culture to spaces outside of the Arab world. German-Arab film collaborations will be in the limelight at the award ceremony of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation. The 15 nominated projects from Arab countries will be introduced, and excerpts from the projects will be screened, followed by the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Find out more about activities of the Robert Bosch Stiftung at Berlinale Talents.

Crossroads to Culture - Cinema(s) in the Arab World on Sunday, February 8,14:00–15:30 | HAU3, top floor.
Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung – Award Ceremony on Sunday, February 8, 17:00–18:00 | HAU1.

The Dolby Atmos® Master Class

This public master class will offer theoretical and technical insights into the practical applications of Dolby Atmos® technology. The Dolby Atmos® Policy Trailer, composed as part of the Sound Studio 2014, will be presented for the first time. Also, the three selected soundscapes from this year’s Sound Studio will be presented and the winner will be announced. A case study made by Rotor Film Babelsberg on the Berlinale trailer in 7.1/Dolby Atmos® and excerpts from Dolby Atmos® films are some of the highlights of the programme which includes guest experts Christian Conrad, Matt Desborough, Martin Frühmorgen, Lars Ginzel, Holger Lehmann, Christian Lerch, Martin Steyer.

The Dolby Atmos® Master Class on Thursday, February 5, 10:00–11:15 | Cinestar 7.


Regular visitors: Tickets can be purchased for € 10,00 (for students and social assistance recipients at the reduced rate of € 5,00). Double features: € 15,00 (reduced € 7,50). Available from February 2 on at any Berlinale ticket counter or online at or from Feb 8-12 (10 am - 6 pm) at the box offices in the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theatres HAU1 and HAU2 on the day of the event.

Accredited Berlinale guests: Tickets are issued in person upon presentation of the accreditation badge and according to availability one day in advance and on the day of the event at the Berlinale ticket counter in the Berlinale Service Centre at Potsdamer Platz from Feb 8-12 (10 am - 6 pm), also at the guest counter in HAU1 and the Talents ticket counter in HAU2. Accredited students may also be admitted according to available seats. Please be there ten minutes before the event takes place.

Berlinale Talents alumni: On the day of the event tickets can be purchased at the reduced rate of € 5,00 (double features € 7,50) at the HAU1 and HAU2 box offices only.

Meet the Berlinale Talents team 2015

(from left to right)
Andreas Westphal, Harald Olkus, Johannes Reiss, Faize Serra Berk, Michael Hofmeister, Sebastian Gutierrez, Sebastian Huber, Matthias Campe, Christiane Steiner, Katharina Neumann, Jana Daedelow, Tabea Körner, Tobi, Lira Lousinha, Kathi Bildhauer, Christine Tröstrum, Nicole Münch, Aily Nash, Ann-Fleur Praetorius, Andrea Rieder, Hella Rihl, Florian Weghorn, Nevena Koeva, Ana Zamboni, Arne Kohlweyer, Kevin Murphy, Marcie Jost, Anja Joos, Marcus Forchner, Sirkka Moller, Lucy Pizana, Oliver Baumgarten

What’s next? An Overview of Important Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

February 5 – 15, 2015
65th Berlin International Film Festival

February 5 – 13, 2015
European Film Market

February 7-12, 2015
Berlinale Talents 2015

February 26, 2015
Deadline for productionfunding from the World Cinema Fund (twice a year)

March 6 – 11, 2015
7th edition of Talents Guadalajara during the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara Guadalajara

April 17 - 21, 2015
Talents Buenos Aires

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