The Berlinale Talent Campus is launching a new internet portal for emerging international film critics: www.talentpress.org. This new portal is open to young film critics who are current or former participants of the Berlinale Talent Campus’ Talent Press programme. It offers them a year-round possibility to publish their film and festival reviews from anywhere in the world. „This new website will provide a forum where young, talented international film journalists can publish their independent views on their latest discoveries in international cinema,“ say Campus heads Christine Tröstrum and Matthijs Wouter Knol.
The Talent Press programme is one of the Berlinale Talent Campus’ hands-on training opportunities to which participants apply separately and exists since 2004. The programme invites eight budding film journalists to the Berlin International Film Festival every year and offers them an intensive look into the inner workings of an international film festival. During the Campus week, they are guided by experienced film critics like Dana Linssen, Stephanie Zacharek, Chris Fujiwara and Derek Malcolm. Their articles and reviews are published during the Berlinale at www.talentpress.org, but also through the Goethe-Institut website (www.goethe.de) and FIPRESCI (www.fipresci.org). In addition, select articles from these young film critics will be published in the Berlinale edition of the trade magazine „The Hollywood Reporter“, part of a cooperation that is now in its second year.
The Berlinale Talent Campus’ successful Talent Press programme, which supports independent and high-quality film criticism, has now been picked up by the other international Talent Campus initiatives. For the first time, a Talent Press programme for young Central American film journalists will take place during the Talent Campus Guadalajara, which runs from March 11–15, 2010, during the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico. The up-and-coming film critics of the Talent Campus Guadalajara will also be able to take advantage of and publish articles through the new Talent Press website.
The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag, in co-operation with MEDIA - Training programme of the European Union, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as well as Skillset and UK Film Council.