Now Online: Programme and Tickets

It’s just a matter of days until Berlinale Talents kicks off again. We can’t wait to welcome the 250 selected participants, over 130 guests and mentors, and curious audiences to our events at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (February 9-14, 2019). And while our theme this year is “Mistakes,” you definitely can’t go wrong with any of our 30 public events.

Want to join in the fun? Check out our schedule of events and our ticket and venue details. Once you’ve got the lay of the land, you can buy your tickets here.

Public Events: Highlights

Numerous celebrated creatives will be gracing our stage this year, including screen legend Charlotte Rampling, French director André Téchiné, Italian writer and journalist Roberto Saviano (“Gomorrah”) and American producer and screenwriter James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain). The Berlinale’s International Jury will take time out from their busy festival schedules to join us for a talk featuring LA Times critic Justin Chang, actress Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), Oscar-winning Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) and MoMA film curator Rajendra Roy.

Twenty successful alumni will return as speakers this year. American indie director David Lowery attended Berlinale Talents in 2005 and will let us in on the creative process behind gems like A Ghost Story and the upcoming The Old Man & the Gun. Romanian director Adina Pintilie and her producer Bianca Oana (Berlinale Talents 2006 and 2009, respectively) will offer a case study of last year’s Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not.

We’re going to get into the nitty-gritty of filmmaking with workshops on miniature prop and model making, sound and foley for documentaries, post-production workflows and a live world-building event. There will be talks with Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda, indie adult filmmaker Erika Lust, rising African talent, and the makers behind the series M – A City Hunts a Murderer. Plus much more. Book your tickets now!

Alumni Screenings

Our alumni just can’t be stopped. This year, 129 former Talents will return to the festival with their films. Every year, we hand-pick a selection which is also shown at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, followed by Q&As allowing audiences to engage directly with the filmmakers and gain a deeper understanding of their films. The 2019 selection comprises a wide variety of formats (features, documentaries and shorts) from across the globe—many of them by women filmmakers. So come join us for these screenings and hobnob with our talented alumni!

Feb 9, 20:30-23:00 System Crasher, Nora Fingscheidt, Germany, 2019, 118 mins + Q&A

Feb 11, 14:00-16:00 Chão (Landless), Camila Freitas, Brazil, 2019, 112 mins + Q&A

Feb 12, 14:00-16:00 Knives and Skin, Jennifer Reeder, USA, 2019, 111 mins + Q&A

Feb 13, 14:00-16:00 Buoyancy, Rodd Rathjen, Australia, 2019, 93 mins + Q&A

Feb 14, 14:00-16:00 Screening Shorts: Time Is No Mistake, 81 mins + Q&A. Featuring Yulia & Juliet by Zara Dwinger, Lidérc úr (Mr. Mare) by Luca Tóth, Les petites vagues (Little Waves) by Ariane Louis-Seize, Blue Boy by Manuel Abramovich and Mot Khu Dat Tot (Blessed Land) by Pham Ngoc Lan.

You’ve Got a Friend: The Kompagnon Fellowship

Now in its third year, the Kompagnon Fellowship was set up by Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino to support the artistic development of two directors or screenwriters based in Germany. In its first year, it was awarded to Nora Fingscheidt after her screenplay for System Crasher was selected for our Script Station in 2017. We’re delighted that the film is now showing in the Berlinale Competition.

Last year’s Kompagnon winner was Jide Tom Akinleminu, who participated in the Doc Station with his project When a Farm Goes Aflame, the Flakes Fly Home to Bear the Tale. In it, he explores the secret double life of his father, who kept one family in Nigeria and one in Denmark. We talked to Tom about how he approached this very personal subject matter and what the fellowship meant to him in this interview.

This year’s Kompagnon winner will be announced on February 15, 2019.

Project Labs Presentations

Our highly selective Project Labs allow a handful of participants to finesse their upcoming features, documentaries and short films in intense group and one-on-one mentoring sessions before presenting their material to producers, financiers and distributors. Don’t miss this sneak peek into an extremely varied cross-section of genres and formats from all over the world. You can attend with your festival or market badge or by invitation.

Project Labs Presentations
Feb 13, 2019, Gropius Bau Cinema / European Film Market

10:00-11:30 Doc Station Presentation (10 non-fiction projects)
12:00-14:00 Short Film Station Presentation (10 short film and series projects)
14:30-17:00 Script Station Presentation (10 fiction scripts)

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Closing credits

Photo credits
1) Collage: David Lowery © Sebastian Magnani, Zurich Film Festival / Charlotte Rampling © Jean-Claude Moireau, Studiocanal / Roberto Saviano © Barbara Ledda / Sandra Hüller © Christian Hüller / Adina Pintilie © Richard Hübner / Tendo Nagenda / Joanna Hogg © BAFTA / Simon Weisse © Fox Searchlight / Rajendra Roy © Marc Ohrem-Leclef / Erika Lust / James Schamus © Peter Bowen / Danielle Macdonald / Lemohang Jeremiah Moses © Hannah Stockmann / André Téchiné © DDM, archives / Teona Mitevska / Justin Chang © Justine Ungaro
2) Still from Buoyancy © Rafael Winer
3) Jide Tom Akinleminu in conversation with Selina Ukwuoma © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2018
4) Project Labs Presentations © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2018

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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, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Film Board.